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Key Features of this Sample Resume
- Candidate is applying for a managerial role
- Candidate has over 7+ years of experience
- Candidate quantifies the sizes of the restaurants they worked in
- Candidate has researched their food and wine sales history to write a strong resume
Food Service Industry Facts
Source: U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics
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► Entry-Level Food Service Resume (< 3 years of experience)
Food Service Worker Resume Template
8870 Haven Street, Bloomington, IN 44590
Food Service Worker with 7+ years of experience in food preparation and service, and a certificate in Food Handling and Safety. Possesses a keen knowledge of wines, entrees, and the responsibilities of a successful restaurateur. Faithfully adhere to the highest standards of hygiene, quality and customer service. Aiming to leverage my knowledge to effectively perform a management position at your restaurant....Click here to read more
RIVERSIDE RESTAURANT Chicago, IL
Food Service Worker September 2011 – Present
- Memorized restaurant’s wine stock and the meals they should accompany, leading to daily wine sales averaging $150, fully 20% higher than company average
- Write patrons’ food orders on slips, memorize orders, or enter orders into computers for transmittal to kitchen staff in a 150+ seat restaurant
- Clean all work areas, equipment, utensils, dishes, and silverware and ensure they are stored appropriately in accordance to state law.
- Perform food preparation duties such as preparing salads, appetizers, and cold dishes, portioning salads, and brewing coffee in a fast paced line kitche.....Click here to read more
CARRABBA’S ITALIAN GRILL Chicago, IL
Trainee Food Service Worker August 2007 – July 2011
- Present menus to patrons and answer questions about menu items, making recommendations upon request in a 70+ seat restaurant
- Assisted host or hostess by answering phones to take reservations or to-go orders, and by greeting, seating, and thanking guests
- Stored food in designated containers and storage areas to prevent spoilage and increase shelf life
- Presented wine samples for guests to taste and opened the bottles for them upon their approval
- Served food and beverages to patrons, and prepared or served specialty dishes at tables as required
CHICAGO COMMUNITY COLLEGE Chicago, IL
Certificate in Food Handling and Safety, June 2008
- Graduated Cum Laude.....Click here to read more
KENDALL COLLEGE Chicago, IL
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Culinary Arts, June 2007
- Graduated with honors
- Team worker who is able to adapt in highly dynamic and changing situations.
- Excellent problem solving and communication skills, with a focus on customer service
- Familiarity with Point of Sale terminals
- Bilingual (Spanish/English)
As a professional food service worker, you may currently be writing your resume in order to find a new working environment, earn more money, or attain a managerial role. "Food service" encompasses many different roles within a restaurant, cafeteria, or other food service stablishment, such as waiters, line cooks, bartenders, hosts and hostesses, and busboys. All roles are continuously growing, but Managerial roles in particular exhibit some of the most steady growth rates.
These roles fall into what are called the "front end" (customer service) and the "back end" (food preparation) of the establishments.
This resume is pertinent to those of you with "front end" experience. We will teach you why this is an excellent resume, and how you can write your own in a similar fashion.
By the way be sure to read our Resume Writing 10 Commandments to understand the major rules that all resumes need to follow, including food industry resumes.
1. Write a Convincing Career Objective
The first major section of your resume is called the "Career Objective". The grey highlights indicate the strongest points of this example's Career Objective.
Why is this a good example?
It immediately states years of experience: "7+ years of experience in food preparation and service..."
It indicates earned titles or certificates: "Certificate in Food Handling and Safety."
It emphasizes deep knowledge of the business: "Keen knowledge of wines, entrees, and the responsibilities of a successful restauranteur."
It states the position she wants to fill: "Aiming to...effectively perform a management position at your restaurant."
In the eyes of a hiring manager, this applicant's Career Objective IMMEDIATELY puts her on the short list for an interview because she included great resume builders thoughout the objective. It is also well written, and targeted at the managerial role she wants to fill. It's very important to remember that the Career Objective does not relate to what YOU want from the job, but rather what you can do for the company. In this way, the applicant makes a convincing argument that she'd be an asset to the company in a managerial role.
Click here to read more regarding the Career Objective writing guide, and get concrete ideas about how to write your own.
2. Describe your Professional Experience with Numbers
Adding numbers to your job description bullet points will help the hiring manager grasp the size and scope of your responsibilities, and give them a clearer mental picture of your experience. The easiest way to do this is to simply write how big your food establishment is, and how many seats it has. The applicant does this twice for the two establishments she worked in, as you can see from the grey highlights below:
Write patrons’ food orders on slips, memorize orders, or enter orders into computers for transmittal to kitchen staff in a 150+ seat restaurant
Present menus to patrons and answer questions about menu items, making recommendations upon request in a 70+ seat restaurant
Even by making this simple addition, your resume will immediately be better than the vast majority of your competition.
If you really want to blow away the hiring manager, you'll need to do more complex research, like this example:
Memorized restaurant’s wine stock and the meals they should accompany, leading to daily wine sales averaging $150, fully 20% higher than company average
Do you know how much you make in sales daily or monthly? Most restaurants -- especially big chains -- will track their employee's sales statistics for the purposes of budgeting (and, of course, to cajole low performers). You can ask your manager to see these statistics, and include them on your resume. Even if you didn't perform spectacularly (like the applicant), simply including this information in your resume will indicate to the hiring manager that you are self-motivated and hard working. This is called writing an "achievement oriented" resume -- and these tend to land the most interviews. Click here to learn how and why you should write an achievement oriented resume.
3. Include Relevant Additional Skills
Your Additional Skills section should not list your hobbies and interests, unless they are relevant to the job. (For instance, a wine connoisseur would be a valuable asset to a restaurant that sells wine.)
Since you are a professional food service worker, you should definitely include these bullet points in your Additional Skills section to build a stronger resume:
Familiarity with Point of Sale terminals
Problem solving and communication skills
If you also happen to be bilingual in Spanish and English, that also tends to be a valuable asset to have in a US based restaurant -- especially for a managerial position.
4. Excellent Food Service Resume Builders
Feeling like your resume isn't strong enough? If you're looking to get into food service, there are some things you can do to make your resume more attractive to a hiring manager. Follow these tips:
Volunteer at a food kitchen
Getting service experience on your resume will help you get a job in the food service industry, and volunteering also shows good character. You'll find paid work in no time with even a short bout of experience under your belt.
Get a bartending license
Though getting a bartending license isn't necessary (it's not really a license), having one does represent evidence that you know how to mix drinks and work as a bartender. Including this tidbit on your resume could land you more interviews.
Be willing to start off as a busboy or a dishwasher -- and be aggressive
These jobs have the highest turnover rate in the industry, and tend to have plentiful openings and require no prior experience to perform successfully. Although they are unglamorous, the reason they have high turnover is because you can quickly progress out of them to doing different jobs in the restaurant, such as serving or food prep. Be present around the restaurant, be aggressive about asking about openings, and be friendly with the employees and the managers. They'll be much more inclined to hire someone on that they know, rather than someone they don't know.
- Waiter - Newjobs.com (Note: One of the few decent resume samples in this industry on the net. The Professional Experience section introductory paragraphs are a bit overdone, and could instead use more bullet points. Otherwise, this is a great sample.)
- Waiter- career-development-help.com (Note: A simple, but effective resume. Has a well done "Professional Profile".)
- Cook - CC.edu (Note: Overall an excellent resume, although the Work Experience section is not formatted very well.)
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