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Hardworking cafe worker with 7+ years of experience preparing and serving coffee, other drinks, and light meals. Adept at managing day-to-day operations, including welcoming customers, taking orders, stock control, and routine cleaning. Seeking to bring my customer service and sales skills to an independent cafe or roastery.


Delight Café, Leeds
Café Worker | Dec 2018–present

  • Provide 40 hours/week of exemplary service, including serving and assisting customers, prepping ingredients, measuring coffee beans, preparing coffee and coffee-based drinks, and washing dirty dishes
  • Integrate barcode sorting into stock inventory to increase efficiency and reduce time waste by 60%
  • Maintain 100% adherence to health and safety standards through efficient cleaning practices and proper disposal of waste
  • Successfully trained 6 new staff over 3 months on coffee preparation and serving techniques
  • Achieve consistent 100% rating on annual customer service surveys

Harmony Café, Leeds
Café Attendant | May 2017­–November 2018

  • Managed all stages of coffee preparation, from roasting and grinding to filtering to brewing, serving an average of 10 customers per hour over 2 years
  • Increased revenue by 60% through upselling single origin beans and coffee preparation utensils
  • Developed 2 new scheduling strategies to increase the speed of service, reduce waste, and improve customer service over 6 months
  • Used POS systems to handle over £1,000 daily in cafe sales
  • Assisted customers in selecting food and beverages, taking orders and promoting a pleasant environment to boost sales and customer satisfaction

Midas Café, Leeds
Café Assistant | May 2015–March 2017

  • Welcomed customers, took orders and served food and drink, and assisted in drink preparation, stock inventory, and equipment maintenance for over 2 years
  • Stored ingredients at safe temperatures to ensure food and drink safety and customer satisfaction
  • Provided high-quality customer service, contributing to sustained 5/5 positive customer ratings and a 30% increase in sales in 6 months
  • Organised kitchen utensils and helped improve menus to reduce food waste by 30% over 2 years
  • Helped develop platforms for online order placements that led to a boost in revenue from £50,000 to £100,000


New College Bradford (2015–2017)

  • A Levels: Business Studies (A), Maths (B), English Literature (C)

Johnson High School (2010–2015)

  • GCSEs: Maths (B), English (C), English Literature (C), Double Science (C/C), History (B), Geography (A), French (C), IT (A), Design Technology (B), PE (A)


  • Stocking and replenishing
  • Point-of-sale (POS) software
  • Cash management
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Upselling
  • Conflict resolution
  • Inventory management
  • Time management


  • Amateur competitive cyclist
  • Viola player
  • Socialising with friends

15 skills for your cafe CV

Before you begin writing, make sure you know how to write a CV in a way that best emphasises your strengths.

Cafe workers help to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for customers. Their primary responsibilities include preparing and serving food and drinks as well as maintaining a clean and organised workspace. Depending on the type of cafe, workers may also be expected to recommend different beans and blends to customers, upsell coffee paraphernalia and utensils, or help coordinate events and activities.

Cafe work is an ideal job for teens or students as the hours can often be arranged around a school or university class schedule. They also require very little technical training, so most employers will be interested in what soft skills (personality-related skills) you offer.

Strong customer service and excellent interpersonal skills look great on a cafe CV, as baristas need to be knowledgeable, friendly, and maintain a pleasant environment for customers.

As cafe jobs normally involve a combination of sales, serving, and cleaning responsibilities, you’ll also want to demonstrate strong multitasking and organisational skills.

You can do this by writing a strong CV personal statement and a work experience section that both give examples of how you’ve successfully balanced various responsibilities in the past.

Here are some other useful skills to highlight on your cafe worker CV:

  • Written and verbal communication
  • Time management
  • Problem-solving skills
  • A friendly and professional manner
  • Reliability
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Culinary skills
  • Familiarity with point-of-sale systems (e.g. cash registers)
  • Cleanliness
  • Ability to follow instructions
  • Good memory
  • Active listening
  • Creativity
  • Knowledge of coffee preparation techniques

You’re not in this alone! We’re here to help. In addition to this list of skills, download a fill-in CV template or use a CV builder to speed up the process of making your document. And don’t forget to create a cover letter too!

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Seb Morgan is a Career Counsellor for CV Genius, where he helps job seekers and professionals get more out of their careers. With over 7 years of experience in business and lifestyle journalism, he's written for a stack of careers-focused publications, including Oxbridge Home Learning, Study International, theHRDirector, and Employee Benefit News, and his expertise includes skill development, interview preparation, and CV and cover letter writing. West Midlands born and raised, Seb has since lived, worked, and studied in 4 countries across 2 continents. He speaks 4 languages and has survived job interviews in 3 of them. He currently also freelances as a travel and culture writer. Reach him at [sebastian] @ [cvgenius.com] or via LinkedIn.