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Mix and serve drinks to patrons, directly or through waitstaff.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Clean glasses, utensils, and bar equipment.
    • Collect money for drinks served.
    • Check identification of customers to verify age requirements for purchase of alcohol.
    • Balance cash receipts.
    • Clean bars, work areas, and tables.
    • Attempt to limit problems and liability related to customers' excessive drinking by taking steps such as persuading customers to stop drinking, or ordering taxis or other transportation for intoxicated patrons.
    • Take beverage orders from serving staff or directly from patrons.
    • Serve wine, and bottled or draft beer.
    • Plan, organize, and control the operations of a cocktail lounge or bar.
    • Stock bar with beer, wine, liquor, and related supplies such as ice, glassware, napkins, or straws.
    • Serve snacks or food items to customers seated at the bar.
    • Supervise the work of bar staff and other bartenders.
    • Mix ingredients, such as liquor, soda, water, sugar, and bitters, to prepare cocktails and other drinks.
    • Order or requisition liquors and supplies.
    • Slice and pit fruit for garnishing drinks.
    • Ask customers who become loud and obnoxious to leave, or physically remove them.
    • Arrange bottles and glasses to make attractive displays.
    • Plan bar menus.
    • Create drink recipes.
    • Prepare appetizers such as pickles, cheese, and cold meats.


    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Service Orientation

      Actively looking for ways to help people.

    • Social Perceptiveness

      Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


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    • Information Ordering

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    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 24,100
    • Yearly Projected Openings 4,350

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    Enterprising: People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Self Control
    • Integrity
    • Attention to Detail
    • Cooperation
    • Social Orientation


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