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Catallus
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Posted Tue Aug 14, 2012, 12:19pm
Subject: Should I do Counter Culture's Certification program?
 

I don't have much experience. I've only worked for a few months at a small coffee shop but I am sick of making sandwiches and whatnot. I just want to make coffee and would really prefer to work at a shop that primarily focuses on coffee.

So, I'm thinking about signing up and paying the price for Counter Culture's certification program.  Does this help with job offerings? Thoughts on this? What else can I do?
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Posted Tue Aug 14, 2012, 7:55pm
Subject: Re: Should I do Counter Culture's Certification program?
 

You may want to try Coffeed for barista talk. The majority of us here are not professionals, we're hobbyists, so we might be sparse on the ins and outs of post-Counter Culture training job prospects. Still, I imagine somebody with CCC's reputation and training program would be a good boost for the ol' cafe resume. Where are you looking for work?
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Posted Wed Aug 15, 2012, 10:03am
Subject: Re: Should I do Counter Culture's Certification program?
 

You're right. I just figured people around here would happen know a thing or two considering how much knowledge is passed through here ;)

I'm in NYC right now but I am hoping to do some traveling and would love to find temporary jobs on the west coast.  Thought this would give me an upper hand.
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Posted Wed Aug 15, 2012, 7:52pm
Subject: Re: Should I do Counter Culture's Certification program?
 

My goodness, in a  coffee town like that? If you want work, resumes are fine, training is best, networking will be the cherry on top. Seriously, if you take the class and still want an edge, go to one of the better bars in town, and start chatting with the baristas on the regular. I know a few baristas in NYC now, and they're all awesome people, and would make for great Counter Talk (my own personal term, use it as you please). Once they know your name, face, and passion, job prospects will look a bit brighter. Try out spots like Third Rail, Abraco, Everyman, and so on - I'm sure you know plenty of them out there. The Joe Pro shop is also probably a great place to talk shop with folks. Make yourself known in the coffee community, and you'll get a foot in a lot of doors.
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