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ScubaDave81
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September 7, 2015 1:08 am  

I am planning on moving to St Thomas in a couple weeks (Sept 20th) and am hoping to find a bartending job as my primary source of income; was hoping to see if anyone has any tips.

I am going to be on the island from the 8th to the 15th to check out potential places to work as well as live, but thought I would reach out to those of you already living there for any potential advice.

Are there any bartenders out there that may be able to give me direct advice about any ways bartending on the island may be different then the mainland. And if there are any, and if your willing, could you give me a ballpark of how your tips are (is it reasonable to count on this as a primary income here?)

To everyone living on the island - in general, any tips on particularly good places to work or particular places to avoid? I figure ideally I would find a place that gets enough influx of tourists to make okay money, while hopefully being enjoyable to work at. And, does anyone know of any places that are hiring?

I have years of bartending and serving experience in fine dining as well as resort bars that get very busy and have dead periods (as I expect would be somewhat the case on the islands). I also have extensive customer service experience and have been a high school teacher for the last 8 years, so I am very dynamic and versatile.

I will be checking things out for myself but am more than open to any input I can receive from anyone and everyone. Thanks in advance

~ Dave

PS: I am also an experience scuba instructor (PADI MSDT) if anyone has any input on scuba instructing jobs as well


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September 7, 2015 1:32 am  

Pickings might, right now, be slim as Sept. is the doldrums of "off season" plus height of hurricane season. However, Margaritaville just opened and your best bet, with excellent experience and resume' in hand, would be to check with the various resorts: Ritz Carlton, Sugar Bay, Marriott's Frenchmans Bay, Sercet Harbor, etc.

Ditto for diving jobs tho Underwater Safaris has been getting some bad reviews lately from various quarters.

Check Craig's List Virgin Islands as it'll give you an idea of what's available but you should go to various resort's/restaurants websites to see if they have positions as they don't post on Craig's List.

Be sure to have enuff funds to get you settled, get a car and job until season kicks in which is generally late Oct.

There many other fine restaurants besides those at resorts.

Good luck.


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ScubaDave81
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September 7, 2015 1:36 am  

Thank you very much, appreciate all the thoughts and feedback


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Alana33
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September 7, 2015 1:46 am  

You're welcome.
I'm sure others will chime in.


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SausageInTheCan
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September 7, 2015 12:19 pm  

I am planning on moving to St Thomas in a couple weeks (Sept 20th) and am hoping to find a bartending job as my primary source of income; was hoping to see if anyone has any tips.

I am going to be on the island from the 8th to the 15th to check out potential places to work as well as live, but thought I would reach out to those of you already living there for any potential advice.

Are there any bartenders out there that may be able to give me direct advice about any ways bartending on the island may be different then the mainland. And if there are any, and if your willing, could you give me a ballpark of how your tips are (is it reasonable to count on this as a primary income here?)

To everyone living on the island - in general, any tips on particularly good places to work or particular places to avoid? I figure ideally I would find a place that gets enough influx of tourists to make okay money, while hopefully being enjoyable to work at. And, does anyone know of any places that are hiring?

I have years of bartending and serving experience in fine dining as well as resort bars that get very busy and have dead periods (as I expect would be somewhat the case on the islands). I also have extensive customer service experience and have been a high school teacher for the last 8 years, so I am very dynamic and versatile.

I will be checking things out for myself but am more than open to any input I can receive from anyone and everyone. Thanks in advance

~ Dave

PS: I am also an experience scuba instructor (PADI MSDT) if anyone has any input on scuba instructing jobs as well

Stay away from Underwater Safaris. Not only are they slime you would be wasting your talents there anyway. They run a cattle boat from the cruise ships. You'll overdose on DSDs. Read this thread regarding their business practices. https://www.vimovingcenter.com/talk/read.php?4,250569 They have a history of treating employees terribly.
P.S. Most dive shops are staffed buy instructors who live here year round and rarely need help but it wouldn't hurt to walk into a few and give them a resume.


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September 7, 2015 1:16 pm  

Two new restaurants are opening in Havensight. One is owned by Greengo's and plans to open in Oct. Contact info on Greengo's website. The restaurant is very popular, though their new restaurant will have a different menu.

Tap & Still of Red Hook is opening in Havensight, but doesn't look like they've started working on the spot.


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James T
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September 8, 2015 3:17 pm  

Agreed. Stay away from Underwater Safaris if you need an instructor job. They treat employees badly. Rob and Kim will lie to prevent an injury claim etc. Rob has a bad temper and screams at employees for the most trivial reasons as if there's any reason to scream at people. You don't need their BS. No one does.


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mtdoramike
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September 11, 2015 10:48 am  

The top most sought after jobs in the Islands are, waitressing, waiters, bar tenders and scuba instructors. So I hope you have other talents because everyone is looking for those jobs when coming to the Islands. If you are a jack of all trades and a master of none is what the Islands thrive on. If so, then you will usually always find a job of some kind.

mike


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SausageInTheCan
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September 11, 2015 12:37 pm  

Keep in mind there is no workman's comp. on these islands. If you are injured on the job you are not covered. Make certain you have an escape plan before you arrive.


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CruzanIron
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September 11, 2015 3:28 pm  

There is workmens comp here. There just isn't any money to make the payments.


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SausageInTheCan
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September 11, 2015 3:32 pm  

Equals= No Workman's Comp.


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mtdoramike
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September 12, 2015 11:08 am  

Equals= No Workman's Comp.

BINGO!


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