Bartending is one of the most common jobs you can find abroad. Bartending is a great job opportunity for anyone looking. Australia has laws that prevent dangerous drinking, making it easy to learn the art. There are jobs in every Australian city, and Outback pubs always seek employees. Before you can find your spot behind the bar, there are some things you need to know.
What you need
First, polish your resume before you apply for a job. Then print copies of it to give to potential employers. It should include your Australian email address or phone number so they can reach you. You should also complete the Responsible Service of Alcohol course to show your manager. This can be completed in one day or online. It is mandatory for anyone who serves alcohol in Australia. You will also need an RSG certification for gaming if the bar has them. This can be done in conjunction with your RSA course. These courses usually cost $40-80 and can be combined with classes that teach the basics of cocktail making.
If you are able to find the right job, it is easy to search for bartending work. To inquire about openings, you can first go to the bars and nightclubs in your area to ask for them. This was how I found my job. You can often get an answer even before managers post the job openings on the internet. You are also more likely to be remembered if they meet you in person.
Australian bars have regulations regarding how much alcohol they can pour. You will find lines on many beers and wine glasses that indicate a standard pour. To ensure that the customer is satisfied, you will need to jigger pour. If guests are drunk, they can be kicked out. Keep an eye on them and alert your manager. Australia’s drinking age is 18.
Bar work in Australia isn’t much different from anywhere else globally, except for the strict alcohol laws. While tipping is not compulsory, some customers will tip you over your hourly wage of $15 or more.
If someone asks for a beer, they will ask for either a bottle (also called a stubbie) or something on draft. Here’s the tricky part. There are usually two sizes of beer at any bar. It will vary depending on where you are in Australia, but it will almost always be a pint of 20 ounces and a schooner, or middy of 15 ounces. You can also find a pony or pot that weighs in at 5-10 ounces.
Different types of drinks
Many cocktails are similar to those from other parts of the world. However, you may find different names for the same drink. Lemon-lime and bitters are very common, a non-alcoholic drink that mixes lemon-lime soda and lime cordial or fresh juice with a topping of Angostura bitters.