How Not to Get Hired at Starbucks, Part I

Welcome to the first tutorial in my series of How Not to Get Hired at Starbucks. Just think of me as your learning coach for the day and let’s get this journey started!

Today’s topic: Turning In An Application

Before you can be considered for employment, it is a MUST to turn in an application. Sounds easy, but you might be startled to find out how many would-be employees don’t understand the basic rules involved.

Here are some major pitfalls to avoid:

  1. It is never OK to turn in an application through the DT Window. If you cannot be bothered to get out of your car and walk in, chances are you cannot be bothered to be a good employee.
  2. Slightly less offensive, but still not OK is walking in but failing to get off your cell phone and dangling your application in my direction. If you cannot make eye contact or offer a basic greeting when meeting a potential employer, chances are you will not be able to deliver these courtesies to a customer.

Other minor errors in judgment that could lead to your application not getting the attention it deserves:

  1. Getting your mother to turn in an application on your behalf.
  2. Borrowing the store’s only pen* to fill out your application. (Be prepared with a writing utensil!)
  3. Forgetting to return the only pen* when you’ve finished.
  4. Dressing inappropriately (I realize “professional attire” is relative when it comes to a coffee shop, but it never bodes well for an applicant to be showing his/her underwear).
  5. Announcing that you “hate coffee but sure could use a job.”

This is certainly not an exhaustive list of scenarios to avoid but is definitely a good place to start. For our next lesson we’ll be discussing how to fill out an application. You won’t wanna miss it!

* I realize a store should always have multiple pens on hands, but sometimes they disappear and the One Pen Left Standing becomes as valuable as its weight in gold.


How Not to Get Hired at Starbucks, an Introduction

True story: Lots of people want to work for Starbucks. Maybe it’s the glamorous Green Apron, maybe it’s the free coffee and health benefits, or maybe it’s the chance to contribute to this blog. Who knows? What I do know after six plus years of working in caffeinated bliss is there are sure-fire ways to make certain you’re not considered for the Next Top Barisa.

Stay tuned…