by Simon Matthews – guest writer
We know you want to work at Starbucks, the company has won numerous awards for how they treat their employees. They offer benefits to part-time help, and they have a healthy world perspective that includes commitment to the community and corporate ethics. So the question then becomes, how do you land a job with a great company like Starbucks?
Well the first place to start is with filling out the application. You can get a Starbucks application from www.starbucks.com/career-center/working-at-starbucks and the first thing you will notice is that it is concise and straightforward. It will take you less than 30 minutes to fill it out, but this is just the beginning of the process.
As you move through completing the application, you will want to consider shaping your responses to include information that will resonate with Starbucks core values. Even if you can complete all of the open form with former employers, you might want to dedicate one of those precious application spots to a more worldly agenda. Community service or other projects that “give back” will really help set you apart from others in the applicant pool. And, remember due to their great benefits and corporate culture, these jobs require not only perseverance to get, but a great game plan as well.
To further continue your preparation for the job, you will want to familiarize yourself with the many corporate initiatives that the company has going. Read the Starbucks Shared Planet section of their web site as well as consider following the company on Twitter. By immersing yourself in the corporate culture, you will be better able to express why you want to work at Starbucks and articulate what core values of the company resonate with you on a personal basis. Again, you will distance yourself from the competition who can merely express, “I need a job, and I heard Starbucks is good.”
Be sure to dress sharp for your interview, and always be kind and considerate to anyone you meet. It even makes sense to start frequenting your the Starbucks that is the target for your prospective job. That way, you can begin to familiarize yourself with the team. They might even put in a good word for you as you move through the process. And after the interview, be sure to follow up with a courteous thank you note expressing how you feel you are an excellent fit for the current team.
As with any job, persistence pays off. Keep a positive attitude, and above all else keep trying, and soon you will be working at Starbucks before you know it.