How to get a job in a pub

Getting a job in a pub in Australia typically involves a few key steps. Here's a general guide on how to go about it.

Prepare your resume

Create a well-structured resume that highlights your relevant skills and experiences. Include any previous hospitality or customer service roles, even if they weren't in a pub.

Obtain required certifications

In Australia, you may need Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) certification to work in a pub. These can often be obtained through online or in-person courses. Check with your state or territory's liquor authority for specific requirements.

Search for job openings

Look for pub job openings through various channels: Job search websites like Seek, Indeed, Gumtree, and LinkedIn. Visit pubs in person to inquire about job openings. Ask friends and family for referrals or recommendations.

Prepare for interviews

When you find job listings, apply and prepare for interviews. Be ready to discuss your relevant experience, customer service skills, and how you handle difficult situations, especially when dealing with intoxicated customers.

Dress & act professionally

Dress appropriately for interviews and pub work. Pubs often have uniform requirements, so be prepared to comply with those.


Attend local events or join social groups where you can meet people who work in the industry. Networking can lead to job opportunities.

Follow up

After interviews, send a thank-you email to express your continued interest in the position. This can make a positive impression on potential employers.

Be open to different roles

While you might be interested in a specific role like bartending or waitstaff, consider other entry-level positions like barbacking or cleaning. These roles can be stepping stones to more desirable positions.

Stay informed

Keep up with changes in the hospitality industry, especially regarding COVID-19 regulations and guidelines.

Apply for appropriate visas (if needed)

If you're not an Australian citizen or permanent resident, make sure you have the necessary work visa to legally work in the country.

Be persistent

Job hunting can be competitive, so don't get discouraged by rejection. Keep applying and refining your approach.

Remember that the specific requirements and processes may vary depending on the state or territory in Australia, so it's essential to research the local regulations and customs in your area. Additionally, having a genuine interest in hospitality and a positive attitude toward customer service can go a long way in securing a job in a pub.

While we don't typically have vacancies within pubs at 11 Recruitment, we do provide some free resources that may assist you in your job hunt. For example, you can click the button below to read our free ebook on how to write a great cover letter.

How to get a job in a pub

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Now that you better understand how to get a job in a pub, you should take a moment to check our current vacancies page.

At 11 Recruitment, we have a range of white-collar temp and perm jobs available. We're always on the lookout for top talent to place with our clients, so we encourage you to apply for any positions that are of interest.

If none of our current vacancies are right for you, you should register for job alerts. Then we’ll be able to notify you when we receive a position that matches your profile.