Your Resume for a Restaurant

If you’re applying for jobs in the food service industry, it’s easy to get stuck when doing your resume for a restaurant job. After all, if you’re applying to be a cook, they don’t care about skills other than cooking do they?

It’s a big myth that to work in restaurants you don’t need special skills, especially if applying for a job in the kitchen.

What Are Examples of What I Put On My Restaurant Resume?

First of all, you want to put any education you have on your resume, even if it doesn’t have to do with food service. This shows potential employers that you and finish something, so don’t leave anything off.

Next, anything that may be useful in restaurant work should be listed as skills. This can include customer service skills, computer skills (yes, you’ll probably be required to use a computer at some point, no matter which job you’re applying for), if you have excellent math skills, anything that may be relevant. If you work at a fast pace, this is an important restaurant quality. Also, if you have experience using professional equipment such as large mixers, ovens or slicers, be sure to put that on there. Do you have cake decorating skills? Put that on as well.

As far as job history, any restaurant or food service work you have done should go on your resume, even if it’s working at a concession stand or waiting tables. This shows a variety of skills and abilities and nothing should be overlooked.

Any professional certifications, such as food safety and sanitation training, or awards for performance should be mentioned as well.

Like applying for any job, you don’t want to list skills you don’t actually have. So if you tend to work at a slow and steady pace, don’t put “fast and efficient”. Of course, don’t put anything negative on your resume, but don’t lie either.

Should I Leave Off Anything From My Restaurant Resume?

Anything that is irrelevant to the job you’re applying for should be left off. So if you worked at an electronics store, you can leave that off, unless you have no other job history.  You want to keep your resume down to one page, so if you have a lot of jobs, choose the ones that are most helpful with the job you are applying for. You can leave off anything that is more than a few years old, unless it is relevant to this particular search.

Professional certifications for another industry can be added if you need to fill space, but if you’ve got a full page, it’s best to leave off things that are not going to be seen as assets.

What About References for a Restaurant Resume?

Whether you include references on your resume or just leave it up to your interviewer to request them, you should have both professional and personal references you can rely on to give you a good recommendation. If you are just out of culinary school and trying to break into the industry, having an instructor write a letter of recommendation is helpful.

Keywords for Your Restaurant Resume

Many hiring managers simply glance at resumes for keywords, and if you apply for jobs online your resume is automatically scanned for words pertaining to the job you are applying for. So keep this in mind when creating a resume. If you are looking for a job in a restaurant kitchen, words such as cook, food prep, line, fast paced are all words that may stand out. Create a different resume for each job you’re applying for if necessary, just keep all the important details.

A professional resume will get you an interview, but it’s your skills and abilities that will get you the job. So create fabulous resume that fully demonstrates what you can bring to an establishment, and the rest will happen naturally!

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