Working At A Coffee Shop IS Experience

Working At A Coffee Shop IS Experience

Skills from past experiences can be transferred on to a startup job!

Joel Bein
Joel Bein

This post originally appeared as issue 36 of the Daily Job Hunt email. Sign up for kick-butt career hype in your inbox each morning.

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Why not try something new? Poke around, play, test, tinker, and allow yourself to fail.

- Reach out to someone new on LinkedIn, and be real (and maybe funny!) in your message.
- Cold-email companies rather than just apply on the job board
- Share a blog post about a hobby (which can signal your value)

When you do new things, it taps into your primal need for novelty.

And it makes the job hunt fun!

Go do stuff, and see what happens. Why not?


Working at a coffee shop IS experience


We usually down-play our past experience working in so-called "menial" jobs like barista or waiter. Don't! Think through your work and learn to sell skills like grit, empathy, and work ethic gained there. Here are a few 20-30 minute podcasts on how to do this.

- Transferring Skills from a Cafe to a Startup (w/ Kasen Wysong)
- From Serving to Startups (w/ TK Coleman)
- The Nuts and Bolts of Using Your Transferable Skills in Food Service for a Tech Role

As Kasen says,

"When you’re at the cash register, you have to be interacting. So, through that, I learned how to carry a conversation, which was a big thing, because especially at a coffee shop, your main goal is to turn one-time-customers into regulars."


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Joel Bein

Joel Bein is CEO at Career Hackers and passionate about personal growth and self-driven learning. As a classically trained musician, he is Founder of the New Orleans Chamber Players.