Although the concept of managing a night club may be appealing to some, as it involves creating an entertaining social establishment where people can meet others and interact with their friends, it requires strong business skills. This isn't to say that the other qualities of running a night club don't count, because they do. In order to become a night club manager of a successful venue, you'll have to understand the needs and desires of your customer base. Doing your homework and researching the customer base as well as the competition of other night clubs in the area is likely to impress a bar owner and hopefully convince him or her to hire you.
You're likely to need a combination of experience and education to become a night club manager. Being a supervisor of a bartending or other staff first is often a requirement before you can advance into night club management. A good way to attain a supervisory position is to do well at an entry-level job in the hospitality industry. Shift supervisors typically perform the same duties as other workers, but they have the added responsibility of leading the team.
Shift leadership doesn't mean bossing co-workers around in any way. That type of behavior isn't likely to allow you to advance to a higher supervisory position. Rather, shift supervisor hopefuls should successfully complete their own work duties while acting as a helpful, inspirational guide and role model to co-workers.
Since a night club manager is responsible for many different areas, such as booking entertainment, ordering supplies and overseeing all staff from bartenders to accounting personnel, the more experience you can gain in these activities, the better. On your resume, list your objective to become a night club manager as well as detail all of your experience with specific aspects of the job. If you're able to get hired as an assistant to a night club manager, the skills you learn could be especially relevant and valuable in obtaining future work.
Taking business courses in restaurant and club management part time while also working in the hospitality industry can help you have both education and experience credentials to add to your resume. Strive to become strong in dealing with people as well as in handling details such as liquor license renewal and staff training. The most important thing to remember as you work to become a night club manager is to always be professional and follow legal business protocol.