Will temporary bar work look good on my CV?
Some people are funny about including temporary jobs on their CV. There’s a perception that, because they’re only temporary, they’re not worth mentioning. And maybe there was a time when recruiters were a bit snooty about temp work—suffice to say, that’s no longer the case. These days, recruiters are looking for evidence that candidates can fit in with workplace culture and learn new skills—both of which a stint of pub work will well and truly vouch for.
Joining a pub team requires you to get up to speed really fast so that you can keep pace with customer orders and, equally, with your teammates. Payment systems, stock rotation and replenishment, following specs and serving customers—if you can get all that down quickly all while establishing yourself as a personality within the team, it’ll tell recruiters that you’ve got skills and adaptability that are highly desirable in any sector.
Taking on a few hours while you study or fulfil other commitments also shows that you’re someone who is prepared to work hard to get what they want. It adds depth to your CV, which means that when you’re applying for your next job, you’ll have real life examples to draw on to make your application stand out. No matter how far removed you might think it is from the job you’re applying for, your previous work experience is always worth talking about—and when so many companies are looking for people-focused candidates, pub experience is something worth shouting about.
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