Some bars and clubs will take people on to work behind the bar, although many places will only take bar staff who they know already, either from previous seasons, or from being a resident in Ayia Napa. Bar staff take longer to train than PR’s and are harder to replace, especially when it’s very busy so owners can be reluctant to take anyone on who might only stay a month or two. Experience behind a bar may come in handy, although many things are done very differently in busy tourist bars than back at home. It will be loud, hot, frantic and messy. This is usually a 7 days a week job with no days off. Hours can be long with some bars opening before 8pm and not closing until 4am. Drinks are usually included but often with a limit on how many per night you are allowed for free. You may also get bought drinks by customers or get tips.
Skills Required – Stamina; once the bar gets busy you won’t get breaks. You must be able to deal with extremely drunk people who may knock drinks over, slobber over you, shout at you in a variety of languages and generally be unpleasant. You must also be very trustworthy as you will be handling money. Reliability is very important as a bar can’t run without someone to
pour the drinks, so if you’re too hungover, already drunk or just can’t be bothered to show up then you will be very quickly replaced. You will also generally need to be attractive and outgoing enough to encourage people to stay in the bar longer and buy more drinks. Early or late in the season and early evenings during peak season you may need to spend time chatting to people sat at the bar before it gets busy. You will need to be a quick learner and a fast worker. When tourists are 5 deep at the bar waiting for drinks you must be calm and efficient. If you have skills such as bar flair or cocktail mixing experience then you may be more in demand than someone who hasn’t.
How to apply – Some venues will recruit pre-season online. If they do take on-line applications it will say on their Facebook page or website. If it does not say they are recruiting then you should apply in person to the manager or owner who will want to see what you look like and whether you have the kind of personality they’re looking for. You may need to work a free trial to prove yourself. Never apply for a job when drunk or when the bar is at its busiest. Some bar owners are put off by people who apply as a group or with friends. Between 8pm and 10pm is when you’re most likely to find owners and managers available. Some venues will take bar staff as early as April but most start to take them in May. In June thousands of people arrive looking for work so competition can be fierce and not many venues will want to train new bar staff at this time of year. In August many workers go home so you can usually take your pick of jobs if you come for the later part of the season.
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