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Transferable skills you can gain in a Bar and Waiting job

Kelly  Batho our consultant managing the role

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

In the hustle and bustle of the pub, you’ll be picking up a huge amount of 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 

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

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

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


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 also creates a positive work environment. We pride ourselves at Greene King on creating a welcoming place for people to be happy, to laugh, and to be themselves. 

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

Cultural sensitivity 

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

Unlock a goldmine of transferable skills with Greene King Bar and Waiting jobs 

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.

Kelly  Batho our consultant managing the role


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