Barista Resume Templates & Examples

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We know, we know—creating a barista resume is tough. That’s why we created this guide. It will help you create a barista resume that actually gets noticed. Let’s get started.

Methodology

The goal of this guide is to give you real data what the “must haves” of barista resumes are.

To do that, we compiled and analyzed data from barista resumes and 14 barista job listings to get the data used for this our barista resume guide. 

In addition to barista-specific resume data, we built a database of nearly 1 million resumes and job listings, and we use a propriety machine learning model to understand the anatomy of the best resumes in general.

Quick note: using the data below can help you build a competitive resume, but it’s always important to be creative, unique, and personal to stand out.

If you want more info on our methodology, you can check it out here.

Barista resume objective data + barista objective examples

Pop quiz: do barista’s really need to use an objective? 

In general, whether or not you need an objective or professional summary can depend a lot on your personal career level (check out our article on resume objectives), but this is what our analysis found for barista’s specifically:

  • 33% of barista’s included an objective section
  • 26% of barista’s included a professional summary
  • 48% of barista’s included neither an objective nor a summary

Barista objective examples

A highly creative barista , and a resourceful individual looking for a responsible position to gain practical experience.

A highly motivated barista who aims to make use of their interpersonal skills to achieve goals of a company that focuses on customer satisfaction and customer experience.

To secure a position as a barista in a fast-paced coffee shop, utilizing my customer service skills and passion for coffee to create a memorable experience for every customer.

To obtain a barista role in a reputable café, utilizing my extensive knowledge of coffee brewing techniques and customer service skills to exceed customer expectations and drive sales.

To utilize my 3+ years of barista experience to bring high-quality coffee and excellent customer service to a dynamic and growing café, while also expanding my own knowledge and skills.


Skills for barista resumes

These are the skills that occurred most frequently in in barista resumes, which means they tend to be core competencies or highly desired skills. 

Of course, you should only list skills that you actually have, and you should prioritze skills most relevant to the job you're applying for. But these are good core skills to include on your resume.

To get more detail on building a powerful skills section, take a peek at our article on resume skills.

*Note: to find skills our machine learning model basically looks for common words, so take these with a grain of salt and use your best judgment. 

Most common barista resume skills

Most common hard skills for barista resumes: multi-tasking, coffee machinery, tea knowledge, reliability , and punctuality.


Most common soft skills for barista resumes: communication skills, customer-service skills, interpersonal skills, listening skills, and patience


Other good barista resume skills

  • Customer service
  • Milk & latte art
  • Coffee brewing & extraction
  • Food and beverage pairing
  • Food inventory management
  • Espresso machine & tamping
  • Food safety and hygiene
  • Speed and efficiency
  • Arithmetic & cash handling
  • Point-of-Sale system
  • Food & beverage pairing
  • Fast-paced work
  • Time management
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Inventory and control

Barista skills section examples

Note: these examples are formatted the same here just because it’s simple, but we have more detailed formatting advice (and examples) in our guide to resume formatting.

Barista skills example 1

Customer service | coffee machinery | coffee brewing & extraction | food and beverage pairing | reliability | punctuality | food inventory management

Barista skills example 2

Milk & latte art | communication skills | espresso machine & tamping | customer-service skills | food safety and hygiene | interpersonal skills | speed and efficiency

Barista skills example 3

Collaboration | arithmetic & cash handling | patience | listening skills | food & beverage pairing | customer-service skills | fast-paced work

Work experience for barista resumes

Your work experience section is almost always the most important part of your resume. Because it’s difficult to pull trends from this kind of section, this section is mostly just examples. 

For some advanced strategies for writing about work experience on a resume, refer to our article on building a strong work experience resume section. We also have a guide on writing a resume with no experience if you’re just starting your career.

For now, it’s good to remember that the most important experience for any barista resume is the most relevant experience.

A couple examples for you:

Barista work experience examples

WORK EXPERIENCE

Sr. Associate Barista

Stark Industries, 2020-2022

Responsibilities

  • Monitor financial markets and the performance of individual securities
  • Contact prospective clients to present information and explain available services
  • Manage the finances of the facility, such as patient fees and billing
  • Oversee the maintenance and repair of machinery, equipment, and electrical and mechanical systems
  • Address complaints regarding food quality or service

WORK EXPERIENCE

Associate Barista

Candor Corp, 2017-2022

Responsibilities

  • Repair or replace malfunctioning components, parts, and other mechanical or electrical equipment
  • Bathe animals, trim nails, clip hair, and attend to other grooming needs
  • Responsible for the day-to-day operations of a coffee shop, including managing staff, ordering supplies, and keeping the shop clean and organized
  • Operate POS system, including the proper handling and responsibility for accuracy of cash drawer
  • Prepare and serve authentic Italian espresso and coffee drinks Provide customers with product details, such as coffee blend or preparation description upon request

WORK EXPERIENCE

Barista Intern

Mystery Meats Co., 2009-2012

Responsibilities

  • Maintain a clean and organized work space
  • Operating, preparing and cleaning of all equipment
  • Preparing and serving hot and cold drinks
  • Cleaning and sanitizing work areas, utensils and equipment
  • Servicing customers and taking orders

Education for barista resumes

For most positions, work experience is more important than education, although it can be important for new grads or for fields in which specific classes are industry-standard. 

So it’s not a big section, but it’s still important, and often, barista job postings list a minimum education requirement. 

Check out our blueprint for education on resumes for our full playbook on education sections.

Data from our sample of 933 barista resumes

  • 9% barista resumes listed an associate’s degree
  • 59% barista resumes listed a bachelor’s degree
  • 27% barista resumes included a masters degree
  • 1% barista resumes mentioned a doctoral degree

Barista resume education examples

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science

Piedmont Community College, 2020

Awards & Honors

  • Cum Laude
  • Summa Cum Laude
  • Class Rank Recognition

EDUCATION

Associate of Arts

Blinn College District, 2017

Certifications for barista resumes

Certifications aren’t a strict requirement for every job, but there are almost always certifications you can get to boost your chances of success. 

If you want to see how to build these sections, we have a guide about certifications on resumes.

We did a little research and found certifications can help barista’s specifically, according to CareerOneStop.

Barista certification examples

CERTIFICATIONS

ServSafe Alcohol

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, 2020

Certified Home Brewers

Specialty Coffee Association of America, 2017

CERTIFICATIONS

ServSafe Alcohol, Certified Home Brewers, Certified Restaurant Server

Barista resume action verbs

Using our database of nearly 1,000,000 publicly available resumes, we compiled an index of action verbs and cross-referenced it with our sample of 933 barista resumes and job postings to uncover which action verbs are most commonly used by barista’s and barista employers.

The most common action verbs on barista resumes are: program, process, assist, prepare, and manage.

The most common action verbs on barista job postings are: lead, plan, review, handle, and field.

Other action verbs for barista resumes: 

  • Perform
  • Develop
  • Design
  • Test
  • Direct
  • Create
  • Monitor
  • Track
  • Organize
  • Resolve

Full barista resume example

Lastly, we wanted to give you a couple full barista resume examples.. 

Please note: you can write a better resume than this. This is just a quick illustration to show you how these pieces might fit together. 

If you’d like to see “perfect” resumes, we have a showcase of resume examples.


Barista resume example

Rebecca Allen
Barista

2779 Valley Lane, Austin, TX


To obtain a barista role in a reputable café, utilizing my extensive knowledge of coffee brewing techniques and customer service skills to exceed customer expectations and drive sales.


WORK EXPERIENCE

Sr. Associate Barista

Stark Industries, 2020-2022

Responsibilities

  • Ordering, receiving and distributing stock supplies
  • Receiving and processing customer payments
  • Providing customers with drink menus
  • Taking orders while paying attention to details

Associate Barista

Candor Corp, 2017-2022

Responsibilities

  • Serve beverages and prepared food, like cookies, pastries and muffins
  • Maintain stock of clean mugs and plates
  • Check if brewing equipment operates properly and report any maintenance needs
  • Communicate customer feedback to managers and recommend new menu items

Barista Intern

Mystery Meats Co., 2009-2016

Responsibilities

  • Packaging food and beverages
  • Taking inventory and replenishing items in display cases, at tables, or behind the counter
  • Properly handle and maintain all equipment
  • Accurately handle cash and credit card payments

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Coffee Specialist

National Automatic Merchandising Association, 2020

ServSafe Alcohol

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, 2017


SKILLS

Customer service | food inventory management | organization | interpersonal skills | communication skills | multi-tasking | arithmetic & cash handling


EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science

Piedmont Community College, 2020

Associate of Arts

Blinn College District, 2017

What experts say about barista resumes

Before we wrap it up, we want to leave you with some advice from other experts we admire.

“Personality counts; the best spot to show off your personality is to summarize these three to four lines at the top of your resume. It gives you the freedom to express your coffee knowledge and the ability to get through the morning rush, keep it professional but let these sentences flow a little freely.” – How to write your barista resume


“Expand on your experience. Never brewed coffee for others before? No problem, most employers will train you if you have a strong work ethic, use your employment history section to demonstrate organization reliability time management and efficiency.” – How to write your barista resume


“Think outside the box Baristas need a wide variety of people skills, so you may want to add some additional sections to your resume to highlight your abilities.” – How to write your barista resume

Want help with your barista resume?

That’s all for now. Hopefully this data helps you understand what exactly makes a great barista resume. Of course, if you have any questions, just drop them in the comments!

Methodology

In addition to our own expertise as professional resume consultants, for every resume guide we write, we curate dozens of recent job postings and resumes to make sure all our recommendations align with current trends for each specific industry and career path. Learn more about our methodology here. 

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Michelle Reed | Sr. Resume Advisor

Michelle Reed | Sr. Resume Advisor

Michelle has worked in recruiting & HR for 10 years and has taught resume writing at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She has helped build teams at two large startups (Wyzant and, currently, Brilliant) in the last decade, which means she views hundreds of resumes per day. Michelle guides our overall resume value system, ensuring our recommendations are high-quality and effective in the current job market.

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