The Most Helpful Starbucks Resume Tips

Starbucks is almost synonymous with career advancement. Its coffee shops all over the world are a symbol of success and prestige in many people’s eyes. But what about if you want to apply for a job at Starbucks? The requirements to work at Starbucks seem daunting; it’s said that the barista trainers with six years experience, three references, and two years of college would go through 1,000 applicants before being hired.

But there are some places that should be on your resume – even if they’re not bars or coffee shops – so you can use them to lure in employers who may not require business degrees or experience from across the ocean, like Starbucks does.

First, let’s look at what you don’t want to mention on your resume if you want to work at Starbucks:

• Your extracurricular activities are not extremely relevant. They may be a good showing of your involvement, but they can wait until later in the interview process. What Starbucks is looking for is experience and education. In addition, if you played in a band or did other performance-related activities that required one-on-one contact with lots of people, this should go into your application as well.

• Your personal information is not pertinent either. You don’t have to mention such things as your marital status or whether you have any children. This should be in the section of your resume that is referred to as “curriculum vitae.”

So what is relevant, then?

• Your employment history. If you have more than one job, make sure to list them all (and spell out your title) so employers are able to compare what you’ve done with what they need. It’s also a good idea to tell them how long you’d worked at each company – and when you left. Starbucks won’t care if it was six years ago or three months ago. You could also mention that you have worked in other cities or towns, and that might prove something about your flexibility.

• Your educational background. If you have attended a community college or had any experience with online education, be sure to say so in your resume. It shows that you’re willing to take education into your own hands, and that may be what is needed most by this company.

• Your extracurricular activities. These should go in a different section on your resume, the “Additional Information” box. However, keep it brief and to the point, because no one wants to read about things like your favorite movies, television shows or books unless you can tie them back into something relevant to the job (like if you have aspirations to open a movie theater or bookstore).

Finally, what else should you be talking about on your resume?

• Your work experience. Starbucks wants to know that you’re able to hold down a job and do the tasks that go along with it. No matter how small the job is, it should be mentioned clearly on your resume – just as the writing ability and computer skills would be. Starbucks is one of the biggest companies in America, so don’t be afraid to mention how much time you spent at this job or another one like it.

• References. Starbucks wants people who have experience in retail or customer service, so make sure that employers know what kind of references you have (not just an aunt who works at Sears, for example). You don’t want to just list anyone and then not follow up with them.

So what should you include on your resume?

• Names of employers. Starbucks will be glad to see this if they’re looking for someone with previous experience.

• Your education level. To perform well at Starbucks, you don’t have to have a business degree or years of work experience, but you do have to have a high school diploma or GED equivalent and a good basic education.

• Your interests and hobbies. If you want to work at Starbucks, that’s evident from your resume, but you can also let them know how you spend your spare time. You’ll be expected to enjoy coffee shops or writing, but do not include too many details here.

• The places you live and/or have lived. If you’ve lived in more than one city, state or country and worked in each of them, then Starbucks will want to know about it. Some cities may be more business-friendly than others and this could help your application with just one line on your resume.

• Awards. Let’s face it: Starbucks wants to know about this, too. You don’t have to list them, but you should mention where you won awards or competitions and how they were won. This kind of thing shows that you’re committed to your job, because it takes a lot of time and effort to get those kinds of things. It also could be an opportunity for you to share some of your skills with the company.

• Technology experience. It’s a good idea to show that you know how to use computers and the Internet.

• Education related to Starbucks’ area. If you do not have exact experience, but your education gives you some of the same skills that are needed in this job, then list the education. This could show that you have skill sets that can be applied to this job, even if it’s not exactly what they’re looking for at first glance.

• Additional skills. Use this space to list what makes you great at your job. Do you have any computer experience with the kind of software they’ll use? Have you taken classes that would be useful – even if they aren’t directly related to the job? State this in specific terms so people know exactly what your abilities are.

• References. This should be listed on a different part of your resume, but it is worth mentioning again here. If someone has specifically worked with you or knows you, mention them here, or simply tell readers how to get in touch with them and if they are contactable still or not.

• Your education history. Starbucks will want to see that you attended college or have a GED, and they’ll also want to know if you’re still in school or not. No matter what, make sure it’s clear on your resume whether you’ve finished your degree program or not.

• Substitute teaching experience. If you do not have a degree but were an alumni for teachers who were looking for substitute teachers, list this experience on your resume as well. It proves that you know how to deal with students and you can handle the pressure of being in a large company filled with people who are excited about their drinks.

Helpful tips for applying to Starbucks

  1. Some of this information should be set out in a different section from “Additional Information”, but you will want to put it here as well. What is your last name? Why do you want to work for Starbucks? How much experience do you have at the company (did you intern, or were you hired as a seasonal employee, for example)?
  2. The reason I say “some” is because Starbucks does not require everyone looking for a job to list every skill they have ever had that’s relevant to the job, or when they started working in places like a customer service position or retail store. I like to think of this section as one that you would include in a “Please Call Me” response. You can say something like, “I’ve worked in retail and customer service for about four years, but I’ve never worked for Starbucks.”
  3. There are two ways to fill out the “Additional Information” section: either with a list of your previous jobs and/or educational experience, or with a paragraph describing yourself (what’s your goal career-wise?) and/or why this experience is relevant to the job you’re applying for.
  4. Don’t include any information you don’t need to include. It’s not necessary to mention where you were born, your physical description, or anything else that doesn’t relate to the job.
  5. It’s okay if you’ve been fired from a previous job; it doesn’t mean that you can never work in this field again. If it happened a long time ago, then let it be and move on. No one wants to hire someone who has every single experience listed on his/her resume, so don’t do that: be selective about which past jobs are worth including on your resume and explain the ones with less experience and detail than others.

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