With only a few add-ins you’ll be serving up a delicious resume in no time!
With coffee more popular than ever -- over 50% of Americans drink the delectable beverage every day -- the demand for coffee shop managers is growing.
Coffee shop managers are responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of their store, creating work schedules, and ordering inventory when needed.
Since this is a big job, you need a stellar resume, and we’ll get you there.
In this article, we’ll discuss
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The first step to drafting your resume is deciding which resume format to use. This depends on your career experience and skillset.
You have 3 main options for your resume:
Tip: only include jobs relevant to the position to which you’re applying, so leave out any former jobs that don’t fit. For example, do include your experience as a Barista or Cashier, but leave out that you’re a Cosmetologist, since that has little crossover.
Tip: Read our advice on How to Explain Employment Gaps on a Resume.
Tip: When in doubt, choose the Reverse-Chronological resume format. For more details, check out our guide on How to Write Your Resume in Reverse-Chronological Order.
For a Coffee Shop Manager career, hiring managers want to glance at your resume and get a sense of the following:
The best format for a Career is the Reverse-Chronological resume format. This is because it shows the trajectory of your career -- how you’ve grown professionally and expanded your work experience and knowledge base. Check out our advice on How to Show Your Job Promotions on a Resume for more details.
2. Write a Strong Coffee Shop Manager Resume Summary
Did you know that Hiring Managers only look at resumes for an average of six seconds?
While this is certainly an optional section, your resume summary is one of the best ways to succeed in that short glance.
But first --- what is a resume summary?
A resume summary is one or two sentences at the top of your paper that summarizes your entire resume. It’s the punch line that gets the resume reviewer wanting to know more.
For a Coffee Shop Manager career, include the following points in your summary
Here is an example of a bad resume summary:
Experienced Coffee Shop Manager with demonstrated knowledge in the food and beverage industry.
This is a bad resume summary because it’s vague. It gives no sense of who you are as a person -- there is no glimpse of your personality -- and it doesn’t offer any clear sense of your managerial abilities.
Here is an example of a good resume summary:
5+ years of leadership experience in the food and beverage industry with proven success in decreasing operating costs and implementing programs to improve customer retention. Coffee enthusiast with a passion for wowing customers with excellent service and delicious brews.
This is a good resume summary because it tells the hiring manager not only who you are as a person -- a coffee enthusiast, passionate about your work, a leader -- but also that you have extensive experience doing managerial tasks, even to the point of saving the business money and growing your customer base!
The next step to drafting your resume is to list your work experience. This includes the name of your position (See: The Right Way to List Job Titles on a Resume), the name of the location at which you worked, and the length of time in which you worked.
Furthermore, write your resume experience in a way that anyone in your industry will understand. Don't use company-specific language.
For example, let’s say you worked at a place that called “brews” by the name “murky water” (yuck!). Not everyone is going to know what this means, so it’s best to stick with the common name, otherwise a hiring manager may not know what you’re talking about, and if the manager is confused, they’re more likely to throw out your resume and move onto the next.
You should also quantify your resume whenever possible. This means adding a number -- such as a dollar amount or percentage -- to your accomplishments. Quantifying your resume gives the hiring manager a more concrete idea of your workplace performance. For example, say that you “trained 14 employees,” “improved customer retention by 20%,” or “saved the business $30,000 by switching suppliers.”
Tip: One way to quantify your resume is by listing your accomplishments and awards.
For more information on how to format your work experience, check out our guide on How to Describe Work Experience.
Don’t have any work experience? We have a guide for Writing a Resume with No Work Experience!
Skills show the hiring manager what you can do for the company -- without taking up too much space in the “work experience” part of your resume.
There are two types of skills -- soft and hard. “Soft” skills are those that are not quantifiable and are more indicative of your personality. Examples include leadership, problem-solving, and communication. In contrast, “hard” skills are those that are learned through formal education. Examples include computer technology, programming languages, and certifications.
Coffee Shop Managers need to have a combination of both soft and hard skills. While you don’t need every skill listed below, try to include a few on your resume.
Relevant Soft Skills
Relevant Hard Skills
If you want a more complete list of skills, read our guide on 100+ Key Skills for a Resume in 2021 with Examples for any Job.
Coffee Shop Managers need to have a high school diploma or GED. They usually start off at an entry-level position, such as a Barista or Cashier, and then work their way upwards to shift leader and then up again to Assistant Manager before getting to Manager.
Some companies may require than you have a college degree in Business Administration, but if you have enough years of experience then you can usually bypass this requirement.
However, food and beverage industry managers are required to have a food handler’s license. A food handler’s license states that you are certified to prepare, store, and serve food. License requirements vary by state, but most consist of a proctored test. While the license does cost a small fee, your employer will usually cover it. You must also renew your license every few years, though this too varies by state and even county.
Still uncertain on what to include in this section? Review our guide on How to List Education on Your Resume in 2021.
Besides your food handler’s license, you can list any other certifications relevant to the job. While additional certifications are not strictly necessary, they do show employers that you’re expanding on your skills and diversifying your experiences. Not only are you more knowledgeable, but you’re also more employable.
Certification programs include:
For more information on certifications, check out our guide on How to Include Certifications on Your Resume the Right Way.
Now it’s time for the fun part -- picking the aesthetics of your resume!
Here at EasyResume, we offer several different templates.
Your resume template should reflect the job to which you’re applying. For a Coffee Shop Manager, try a Modern, Professional or Elegant format. These will showcase your leadership abilities and experiences without overwhelming the reader with flashy aesthetics.
If you want to create your own template, read how with our Step-by-Step Guide on How to Create a Resume Template in Microsoft Word.
We’ve done it! Almost.
Now it’s time to get down to business -- actually creating the resume.
Here’s what you need to do:
Start from our resume example to save time.
You’ll be brewing your next batch as king or queen of the castle in no time!