Help me land a job as a barista.
August 9, 2013 2:13 PM Subscribe
I am both severely over and terribly under qualified.
posted by alex_skazat to work & money (37 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
A barista job has opened up for graveyard shift in $up_and_coming_hip_area, a block away from where I live! I want it. Its a 15-20/week job. Problem is, they want a résumé, and want me to include Service Industry experience. And there in lies the problem:
I haven't worked in the service industry since I was 17 as a dishwasher, (I'm now in my early 30's). In fact, I haven't had a boss since I was 20 - since then, I've been working for myself as a computer consultant/hacker dude, that takes up residence at coffee shops and types away code. I'd like a change in $main_job, which means retool myself with new ways of doing things (languages, techniques, etc) but I can't do it, without income flow - my family cannot help out floating me, my friends have been absolutely the best, but I can't ask for any more.
Thus, the somewhat short-term (6 months, a year - who knows?) coffee shop job. Along with that (and because of my self-employed nature), I have also lived a very eclectic life of traveling and adventure, doing things that put me on covers (plural) of local magazines as somewhat of a Pretty Interesting Man of the World. That's great, but I need some financial stability to move on with life, whatever direction that is.
So, what do I do? I'd like to list my work experience, PLUS all my life experience (to show I'm interesting and that people want me to serve them coffee, I assume), and then, what? List my time working as a dishwasher, 3 summers in high school, as well as a pizza baker when I was 16?
I'm not worried at all about making coffee drinks, or dealing with customers, or handling stress. I'm a huge flirt - more so than most baristas (my "Type" used to BE baristas, which makes me feel I outflirt even them!).
Another interesting facet is that I know the owners of the shop, and they also just so happen to run a local web hosting company, and we know each other because of those ties - they've never offered me a job in their company. Do I leverage this? It sounds like such a stupid question, but I've been doing things myself for so long, that it's hard to understand how, "jobs" work.
Thank you for your patience, as I show my complete lack of knowledge, of what I think is something so mundane and easy for others. It's sort of a hit to the ol' ego to go from, "Self-Employeed, "business owner", to coffee slinger, but swallowing that, I need to make some money!