Resume Tips for Restaurant Employees

By Jeremy Cyrus 02/06/2013
Resume Tips for Restaurant Employees

If you're looking for a position in the restaurant business, it's a good idea to keep the following considerations in mind as you complete the first, second, and third drafts of your resume. Remember: it's a hospitality industry, and in hospitality, the key word is “detail”. Don't cut corners, and get help if you need it. Free Resume Builder can provide the formatting tools and editing guidance you need to make the right impression in this competitive business.

  1. If you're looking for work in the front of the house—as a server, host, or hostess—recognize that your potential employer will be viewing you through the eyes of her customers. If your clothing, posture, voice and eye contact are likely to impress them, they'll impress her. Make sure you bring this poise, clarity, and attention to the language and presentation of your resume.

  2. Experience matters. The first (and sometimes only) interview question a restaurant manager asks of an applicant is “Have you done this kind of work before?” Restaurant work requires speed and skill, but once this training is obtained, it usually translates well from one restaurant to another. So no manager is wild about taking on the risks and liabilities of completely green employee. Be clear about your experience and make the most of it, even if it's limited.

  3. Emphasize any food handling certifications you may have. If you've completed a training course on food handling or food safety, place this near the top of your resume. Also mention any culinary training, fire safety, or CPR courses you've taken.

  4. Managers in this business like to see evidence of strong communication and people skills. If you have sales experience, this will be a plus.

  5. Before you complete your resume, consider the style, theme and target audience of the restaurant where you'd like to work. What kinds of qualities will it take to fit in there? Will you need to be fun and child-friendly? Dignified and reserved? Hip, too-cool-to-care, laid-back, or extra solicitous? As you would with any workplace, think about the company and its brand before you apply.

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