Applying for a job as a barista? You will need a resume and cover letter. Even for job posting that are online, you will want to send a cover letter to be attached with your resume.
Why? Because a cover letter is an appropriate way to introduce yourself to the person making the hiring decisions. Secondly, other serious barista job candidates will be submitting their resumes (along with their cover letters).
Okay, we get it. Writing a cover letter can be, well boring… annoying… and there’s no doubt you can have a better day without writing it, right? Like we said, we get it. However, the truth is that your cover letter is an essential introduction of yourself – on paper.
Your cover letter also serves to introduce your resume. Think of it like a written handshake.
While this may seem counter-intuitive, we believe that you should write your cover letter after you have finished with your resume. We like the idea of taking a yellow highlighter – identifying the top three things in your resume – and write about them in your cover letter.
Remember, your cover letter can be short, but it should have some substance as well.
Take away points:
- Your cover letter should briefly highlight three points of your resume.
- Your cover letter should balance brevity and substance.
Things Not To Do In Your Cover Letter:
- Don’t lie or stretch the truth.
- Don’t explain that you want a management position.
- Don’t say anything that is not relevant to the job or café.
- Keep it brief! Don’t write a novel about your life story.
- Don’t discuss salary or possible benefits
- Don’t forget to write your contact information (name, email, phone number, and address)
Things Your Cover Letter Should Do
- Always address the manager/owner by name (Never: Dear Coffee Shop Owner!). If you don’t know it, call the café or drop by!
- Stay Focused and On Message!
- Have a “Call to Action”: What do you want the coffee shop owner to do? Should he or she: Call you? Review your resume? Send you an email? Wait for your call? All of the above?
Sample Cover Letter
Dear Mr. or Ms. __________
I am responding to your job posting on Craigslist (or your website, etc.) for a barista position opening.
I am very interested in the position.
I have attached (enclosed) my resume for your review detailing my work history. I am very interested in the position.
I have worked in retail and food service for two years. I have been awarded employee of the month twice before due to my high customer service ratings.
In addition, for the last year I have been home coffee roasting and holding coffee cuppings with friends.
I have great communication skills and have been noted to work very well with others. Additionally, my personable qualities make me an effective member of any team.
It is my hope that we can meet at a time convenient for you to discuss this opening at ________________.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Your Resume Tells The World Who You Are
If you don’t have much experience, that’s okay. You actually still have a story to tell – and your resume can help you do that.
Understand that your resume is simply a tool to help get your foot in the door. It will help you get that interview!
Your resume will physically represent you – and will need to differentiate you – when you are not around.
In other words, your resume actually works as a sales letter. You are the product. And you are trying to convince a coffee shop owner to buy your services – in this case your job skills, your ability to make his or her business healthier, more profitable, and simply better.
When we look at a resume in this light, we begin to see that an emphasis on features and benefits are essential:
- What do you have that other applicants don’t?
- What are your passions, skill, and talents?
- What do you bring to the table that’s hard to beat?
What Should Your Resume Include?
- Highlight Special Skills
- Detailed Past Job Descriptions and Duties
- Include information that details your love and passion for coffee
Your Resume Objective:
Many resumes have an objective section. We have found that while this section may have relevance, it can be redundant and unnecessary. A good cover letter should be able to clearly state your objective. However, you may add one line objective to your resume.
Highlights/Achievements: It is important for you to highlight your past achievements or anything that might be relevant for your employer. Remember, your achievements is not so much about tooting your own horn (making yourself look great) as opposed to how you are going to help your coffee shop owner win (AKA: serve customers well, save money, etc.) In other words, how will your highlights or achievements help your employer?
Past or Current Job(s): Detailing your experience in the framework of how your past jobs can help your coffee shop owner is important. However, there is value in past work and experience – even if it has nothing to do with retail coffee. Don’t sell your experience short! Do you have restaurant experience? Do you have customer service experience? Do you have retail experience? They all matter. Put only the last three jobs (or the most relevant jobs) on your resume.
Education: Having your education noted is often encouraged (but may not be necessarily vital). Your experience and skill sets, while maybe related, doesn’t require formal education achievement. However, with that said, it is also important for you to note that you have completed high school or have some college education.
Additionally, you might be able to add your education in coffee! This is not an academic or office job, this is a job in retail coffee. So, your education in coffee can be just as vital.
- You received Online Barista Training here at Barista Training Academy.
- You participated in a coffee cupping or tasting class.
- You participated in a coffee roasting class.
- You participated in a marketing seminar.
- You participated in a Human Resources seminar.
Some of these are “coffee related”. Some of them are not. But they all can help your current employer!
References: You may include references on your resume or you may indicate that you are willing to provide references. However, if you indicate that you will provide references in some date in the future – this means another layer of interaction that may stall your hiring.
Consider adding one or two references with your resume. However, we strongly advise that you let your references know that your prospective employer might be calling.
Online Barista Training
Get your online barista training here at Barista Training Academy and be sure to add it to your cover letter and resume! Our comprehensive online barista training can prepare you for any barista job that you will be applying to.