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Top Bar Staff Skills You Gain In a Bar & Waiting Job

Kelly  Batho our consultant managing the role

Are you wondering what transferable skills you can gain from a bar & waiting job?

If you are, then you’re in the right place. In this article, we go through the top skills you’ll gain.

When people think of Bar and Waiting jobs, they think of pouring pints and prepping customer orders. But Bar and Waiting jobs are so much more than that. 

In the hustle and bustle of the pub, you’ll be picking up many transferable skills that can set you up for success in different jobs and industries, spice up your CV, and take your career to the next level. 

At Greene King, our teams are constantly raising the bar by serving up happiness to our customers. So, what skills help our Bar and Wait staff to deliver a 5-star experience? 


Customer service is about understanding what your customers want, helping them out, and ensuring they leave with a smile.

When you first join Greene King, we will ensure you have everything you need to shine in a customer service role. So you won't be surprised when the 5-star reviews always mention you! 

This skill is universally valued, so if you go into retail, a client-facing job, or stick to hospitality, this skill will help you build great relationships, communicate well, and offer the best service possible. 

Skill #2: TEAMWORK 

Teamwork skills are how well you work with other people. This looks like being an active listener, a good communicator, and working together to achieve a common goal. 

This could be one of the most important transferable skills. Whichever direction you want to take your career, you’ll be working with people - whether that is a manager, team, clients, customers, or even a different department. 

Not only will this key skill help you to be more productive, but it will also create a positive work environment. At Greene King, we pride ourselves on creating a welcoming place for people to be happy, laugh, and be themselves. 

Our culture is deeply rooted in friendships, relationships, and camaraderie, and it is also one of the reasons our customers come back time and time again. 


Our pubs attract people from all walks of life. In a Bar and Waiting job, you’ll develop cultural sensitivity as you interact with people from different backgrounds and cultures who may have different perspectives from you. 

It is important you are respectful, as this creates a more inclusive environment. 

At Greene King, we are on a journey towards Everyday Inclusion, where inclusion is part of our DNA and an everyday experience for each team member and anyone who visits our pubs or restaurants. 


Adaptability is a skill that allows you to navigate new situations and adjust easily based on changing circumstances. 

Pubs are fast-paced environments where you’ll learn to think quickly on your feet as you come across new challenges and people. 

This skill goes beyond our pubs and applies to any dynamic work environment. It is about being open to change, embracing it as an opportunity to learn and grow, and being proactive in navigating the exciting challenges that come your way. 

While our teams are diverse, our behaviours are what we have in common - one of them being ‘grow’. This means we learn, adapt and grow together. 


Whilst you are busy multitasking your way around the pub, you’ll be gathering skills that are sure to leave a lasting impression on your future career. 

So whether you are thinking about pursuing a career in hospitality or any other industry, Bar and Waiting jobs are a great way to develop great new skills. 

Are you ready to leave our customers with a smile? Join Greene King and unlock new skills in a rewarding Bar or Waiting career.

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes good bar staff?

Good bar staff are like the secret sauce behind a great pub vibe. It's all about being chatty, quick on your feet, and mixing up a storm with a smile. Being friendly, knowing your drinks, and making folks feel at home.

What skills should I put on my CV for bar work?

On your CV, shout out your love for chatting up customers, your knack for handling the hustle, and your passion for mixing up tip-top G&T. Cash-handling skills and being a team player. Those are golden ingredients, too!

What skills do you need to be a bar attendant?

Alright, mate! To rock the bar, you've got to be the friendliest face in the room. Top-notch service, killer drink knowledge, and the ability to juggle a few things (literally and figuratively) is key. Handling cash with a wink and keeping the place spick-and-span? That's the pub life!

What skills are gained from bartending?

Bartending is like a crash course in being everyone's favourite person. You'll master the art of mixing, get smooth with customers, and become the problem-solving hero of the night. It's not just about drinks; it's about crafting a legendary experience—one pint at a time!

Kelly  Batho our consultant managing the role


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