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How to get hired? - Baristas
How to get hired?
I've been wanting to post for awhile but given that I'm only aiming to be a barista and am not one right now.... well it's hard to post about what machines one uses at work.

This is an annoying and vague question but does anyone have advice on what to put on a resume or application to let them know that I do know how to prepare drinks? (I'm a home barista)

I've never been great at job searches and I'm getting a bit frustrated and am beginning to think I'm doing something wrong.

Current Mood: confused confused

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cheapdialogue From: cheapdialogue Date: July 16th, 2007 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Usually at the beginning of a resume there is an option to put what type of job you are pursuing and why. You can mention there that you love espresso and have mastered the home version and are now ready to put your mettle to the test in the big leagues. Also, toward the end of a resume there is sometimes a special skill set area where you are able to put special training and knowledge. This area would work as well.

Good luck, be professional, be fun, and be unique by being yourself.
kyrina From: kyrina Date: July 16th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ok, so I'm doing all I can as far as my resume goes
(it's a functional resume so it has my desired job listed and then highlights my skills over my primarily unrelated jobs)

I guess I'll just have to keep giving it to places and hope it gets attention.

Thank you :)
From: bananamassacre Date: July 17th, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Prior to my barista job I had very little coffee experience (I worked at another cafe, but let's just say they abused their machines and sucked at everything good in this world) yet still managed to land a position at a very well known specialty coffee company in these parts. I think all it really takes is letting the people in charge know your love of the art, and your desire to learn. Most companies go through extensive espresso training, and I know at my job we had to study everything from growing coffee to roasting to tamping before being thrown into the mix. All I'm saying is let the companies you're applying to know how awesome you are, and they'll be impressed.

Are you able to froth milk at home? If so, practicing latte art is a good idea, as you can put that on an application or your resume. People love that stuff.
kyrina From: kyrina Date: July 17th, 2007 11:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm partly worried my brief time at a Starbucks makes me somehow seen as less competent (which I can understand. I had to unlearn a lot after that job)
I'll just have to rub my awesomeness in more.

I am able to froth milk. (I love having a Gaggia Carezza at home). I'll need to get a new pitcher to help me with my latte art practice but it's what I'll do. I do have it on my resume right now.

Thanks for the advice :)
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