If there is anything Australians love more than AFL, it is coffee. Coffee is the nation’s psychoactive drug that regulates our energy, mood and overall productivity levels. Our obsession with coffee is so strong that three out of every four Australians drink at least one cup of coffee each day. Now, that’s a lot of coffee! No wonder there are coffee shops popping up at every street corner wanting to capitalize on Australia’s voracious appetite for coffee.
If you are dreaming of working as a barista but have no experience, it can be quite difficult to find a job in this field. Most barista job advertisements require a minimum of 2 years of experience. Australian consumers are very picky when it comes to their coffee because there is no shortage of coffee shops in the country. Business owners are extra careful when it comes to hiring because the taste of a cup of coffee can make or break their business.
So, how can you get a job as a barista without any experience?
Enroll in an Accredited Barista Training Course
If there is one thing and one thing only that you do, that is to enroll in an Accredited Barista Training course. Trust us, having a recognized qualification in your resume speaks volumes about your skills and more than make up for your lack of experience. Skill Hire’s Accredited Barista Training course will teach you how to:
- Operate all coffee machines
- Prepare and serve espresso coffee
- Foam milk correctly
- Use and set a coffee grinder
- Clean and maintain a coffee machine
- How to create latter art such as leaves, hearts, flowers
- Serve customers and develop your customer service skills
- Use hygienic practices for food safety
Seek More Knowledge
In today’s day and age, information is literally at your fingertips. While you wait for the perfect job opportunity to come your way, use that time to educate yourself in everything you need to know about coffee and coffee making. You should learn to tell the difference between a Latte Macchiato and a Flat White or Arabica coffee beans from Robusta coffee beans. Moreover, take advantage of free information sources such as YouTube to learn how to make a perfect cup of coffee. If you are truly committed to honing the skills learnt in your Accredited Barista Training course, consider investing in an espresso coffee machine that would allow you to practice at home. There is no need to splurge several hundred dollars on an expensive machine. You can find a cheap second hand machine from your local thrift store or online marketplaces. Practice making different cups of coffee for your friends and family according to their taste preferences. They will be thrilled to be your guinea pigs – nobody is going to say no to a free cup of coffee.
Go Door to Door
Once you know the basics of coffee making and have a recognized qualification under your belt, it’s time to hit the shops. Sure, you can easily apply for barista jobs online without having to visit any cafés. However, based on the feedback we received from students who completed our Accredited Barista Training course, you are likely to have better luck in gaining employment as a barista by handing your resume to employers face-to-face and introducing yourself. Here are some common qualities that employers look for when hiring a barista:
- Attention to detail
- Customer service skills
- Ability to work as a team player
There is no shortage of barista jobs in Western Australia but there is a shortage of baristas with qualifications. The best way to ensure you stand out from the competition is to complete an Accredited Barista Training course with a Registered Training Organization (RTO). Skill Hire is a RTO with a purpose built training café that gives course participants with hands on experience in learning how to make coffees and work in a café environment. To learn more about Skill Hire, please visit www.skillhire.com.au or give us a call on (08) 9376 2800.
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