Food Service (Waitress & Waiter) Resume Samples

Food Service Industry

Table of Contents:

  1. Food Service (Waitress, Waiter, & Server) Resume Samples by Format
  2. Food Service Resumes (Text Versions & Quick Facts)
  3. 4 Steps to Writing the Ultimate Server Resume
  4. Tips for Entry-Level Candidates
  5. Other Good Food Service Industry Samples

Food Service (Waitress, Waiter, & Server) Resume Samples by Format

Click the images to expand the resumes to a larger size. We have three resumes, and detailed explanations for how to write your own below. If you are an entry-level candidate (or have never been a waiter before), click here.

RG Tip: Attention line cooks, prep cooks, chefs, and other food service workers — Don’t see your job here? Please view our full list of food service resume samples here.

Food Service Resumes (Text Versions & Quick Facts)

Restaurant Server (Reverse-Chronological): Click here to read in Text Format

Food Service (Server) Resume Professional

Restaurant Server (Chrono)

Facts About This Resume:

Click here to read more about how to write a resume like this.


RESTAURANT SERVER (REVERSE-CHRONOLOGICAL)

8870 Haven Street, Bloomington, IN 44590(141)-212-5465

[email protected]

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.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

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 kitchen

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

EDUCATION

CHICAGO COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Chicago, IL

Certificate in Food Handling and Safety, June 2008

  • Graduated Cum Laude

KENDALL COLLEGE Chicago, IL

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Culinary Arts, June 2007

  • Graduated with honors 

ADDITIONAL SKILLS

  • 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)

Waitress (Combination): Click here to read in Text Format

waitress combination resume sample

Facts About This Resume:

  • Candidate uses a Combination resume format to emphasize achievements and skills, beginning with a Professional Profile introduction to present critical and relevant information
  • Candidate bolds key waitressing skill keywords in the Professional Profile section, and lists her achievements after them
  • Candidate emphasizes her ability to “upsell” customers on alcoholic beverages

Three Key Server & Waitress Skills:

1.  Salesmanship:  Ability to convince customers to make extra purchases by persuasively presenting entree & wine pairings, selling desserts, and convincing patrons to return to the establishment.

2. Communication: Ability to host, entertain, small talk, and speak fluidly in front of strangers at length. Ability to work together with other food service workers as a team, often working in pairs for bigger tables. Ability to keep a cool head when dealing with irate customers.

3. Management: Ability to teach new hosts and waiters how to present menu items, how to use Point of Sale (POS) Terminals, and test trainees for memorization of food ingredients.

Click here to see more critical food service skills.


WAITRESS RESUME (COMBINATION)

141 Bricksaw Lane, Los Angeles, CA 42143 | (212) 258-1414 | [email protected] [email protected]

Professional Profile

  • Project Execution: Implemented new menu introduction strategies, increasing customer purchases of wine by 10% on average
  • Management: Assisted in the training of 6 new waiters, ensuring attention to detail and comprehensive understanding of restaurant methodology and practices
  • Awards and Recognition: Frequently praised for excellent service on restaurant online rating system
  • Salesmanship: Deep and broad knowledge of wines and appropriate entrée pairings
  • Communication: Fluent in English and Spanish – Excellent verbal and written skills

Skills 

  • Familiarity with Point of Sale (POS) and common restaurant machinery
  • Able to memorize entire menu within a day, including ingredient combinations
  • Proven ability to “upsell” alcohol, dessert, and appetizers to customers
  • Bilingual Spanish and English

Relevant Work Experience

Longhorn Grill

Waitress | Los Angeles, CA | 2012 – Present

  • Memorized restaurant’s wine stock and appropriate entrée pairings, leading to daily wine sales averaging $180, fully 15% higher than company average
  • Wrote patron’s food orders on slips, memorized orders, and managed food resources in a 120+ seat restaurant
  • Operated POS terminals to input customer orders, swipe credit cards, and enter cash amounts received
  • Received in-depth training for proper food handing techniques, including proper freezer placement, appropriate soup temperatures, and equipment cleaning processes

Mike’s Fancy Kitchen

Hostess & Waitress | Los Angeles, CA | 2010 – 2012

  • Awarded “Employee of the Month” two months consecutively
  • Bussed tables, presented menus, seated customers, and assisted waiters with drink orders
  • Trained 3 new hosts in providing excellent customer service and conflict resolution techniques

Education

Florida State University, Orlando, FL

Bachelor of Arts in English, May 2008

  • GPA: 3.8/4.0

Waiter (Functional): Click here to read in Text Format

Waiter Functional Resume ExampleFacts About This Resume

Three Transferable Skills for Food Service:

1. Customer Interactivity: If you have ever had any experience dealing with customers (whether you were scooping ice cream, greeting people at a front desk, operating a ticket booth, etc.), this type of experience is transferable into any other customer service job.

2. Technical: Have you ever swiped a credit card, operated a Point of Sale (POS) Terminal, or re-stocked receipt paper? All of these skills are transferable into food service.

3. Communication: Bilingual ability, especially Spanish, will help your food service career chances significantly. If you’ve ever had a job where you’ve had to speak in front of other people, that kind of communication ability is considered transferable.

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WAITER (FUNCTIONAL)

534 Shelby Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 24542 * (433) 623-6234 * [email protected]

Qualifications Summary

  • Superior salesmanship skills, consistently outperforming company peers
  • Friendly, outgoing, and charismatic personality well suited for a fast paced, customer service oriented restaurant
  • Experience with Point of Sale (POS) Terminals, with excellent basic math skills
  • Working knowledge of wines, cocktail mixes, and other bartending skills
  • Conversational in Spanish

Relevant Skills

Salesmanship

  • Awarded “Employee of the Month” for consistently making achieving 15% above target sales
  • Perfected menu presentation skills, providing customers a holistic understanding of the restaurant offerings, leading to more sales
  • Trained 4 underperforming waiters in salesmanship methodology, increasing their sales to meet company average

Technical

  • Experience with 3 types of POS Terminals, receipt roll replacement, and coffee machine cleaning
  • Familiarity with common restaurant bread cutting machines, dishwashers, and knowledge of equipment cleaning processes
  • Excellent basic math skills, able to calculate and split bills in the event of POS Terminal downtime

Interpersonal

  • Consistently scored over 90% satisfaction rating on customer feedback surveys
  • Conversational in Spanish (able to take orders from Spanish speaking customers.)
  • Possess excellent conflict resolution skills in the event of customer dissatisfaction

Work History

  • The Big Lobster, Los Angeles, CA – Waiter
  • Smokey Joe’s BBQ, Greenville, SC – Waiter
  • Funky’s Fun Palace, Greenville, SC – Assistant

Education

University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Bachelor of Science in Marketing, May 2005

  • GPA 3.5/4.0

4 Steps to Writing the Ultimate Server Resume

“Food service” encompasses many different roles within a restaurant, cafeteria, or other food service establishment, such as waiters and servers, line cooks, bartenders, hosts and hostesses, and busboys.

waiting taking orders

A waiter takes orders from a happy couple.

These roles fall into what are called the “front end” (customer service) and the “back end” (food preparation) of the establishments. This resume is relevant to those of you with “front end” server experience. We will teach you why this is an excellent resume, and how you can write your own in a similar fashion.

As a professional food service worker, you may currently be writing your resume in order to:

  • Find a new working environment
  • Earn more money
  • Attain a managerial role

Read this  resume writing guide to ensure you achieve your goals.

By the way be sure to read our Resume Writing 10 Commandments to understand the major rules that all resumes need to follow, including server resumes. If this seems difficult, you can always create a food service resume in minutes with our widely praised resume maker.

1. Include These Key Server, Waitress, and Waiter Skills

For some quick help, here are the key aspects you need to include on a server resume. Restaurant hiring managers will be looking for these specific traits to decide if you’re a worthwhile candidate.

Server Resume Job Responsibilities Best Traits

Be sure to include these key server skills on your resume.

Need more skills ideas? We have an in depth guide about writing the skills section here.

Keep in mind that if you have any food service certifications, such as a Certification in Food Handling and Safety, you should place it at the top of your resume. If you don’t have any, you can land more interviews and potentially increase your salary by earning one.

RG TIP: The National Restaurant Association offers certifications here.

2. Write a Convincing Career Objective

The first major section of your resume is called the Career Objective. There are four reasons this example has a strong Career Objective. Pay particular attention to the bolded parts:

1st: It immediately states years of experience:

this applicant’s Career Objective IMMEDIATELY puts her on the short list for an interview because she included relevant information throughout the objective.

7+ years of experience in food preparation and service…

2nd: It indicates earned titles or certificates:

Certificate in Food Handling and Safety.

3rd: It emphasizes deep knowledge of the business:

Keen knowledge of wines, entrees, and the responsibilities of a successful restauranteur.

4th: 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 throughout the objective. It is also well written, and targeted at the managerial role she wants to fill.

Food Service Growth

Good news! Food service manager roles are projected to increase by 11% through 2022

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.

Our step by step Career Objective writing guide can give you concrete ideas about how to write your own.

3. Describe your Server 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.

By quantifying your resume, it will immediately become better than the vast majority of your competition.

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 bolded text 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?

Food Service Facts

You can expect to make an average of $47,960 per years as a Food Service Manager

Most restaurants — especially big chains — will track their servers’ 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.

Here’s a step by step process for how to write an achievement oriented resume.

Bonus: Action Verbs for Your Server Resume

Allocate Lead Present
Arrange Manage Promote
Assist Memorize Recite
Ensure Package Serve
Execute Perform Train
Introduce Prepare Write

Need more ideas? View the longest action verb list in the universe.

4. Include Relevant Additional Skills

Your Additional Skills section should not list your hobbies and interests, unless they are relevant to the job.

Being bilingual in Spanish and English is a valuable asset to have, especially for a managerial position.

(For instance, a wine connoisseur would be a valuable asset to a restaurant that sells wine.)

Since you are a professional food service worker, regardless if you are crafting a server resume or one seeking a more supervisory role, 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.

Tips for Entry-Level Candidates

Food Service Resume Entry-Level

Entry-Level Waiter

Facts About This Resume

Getting the Education Section Right

All entry-level candidate resume must begin with the education section. Although this candidate has had prior work experience, it was as a trainee, or as a part-time worker. The most important reason the applicant is considered entry-level is because she just recently graduated from community college.

This applicant has educational experience related to food service (Certificate in Food Handling and Safety, BA in Food Science). Understandably, you may not — and that’s fine. The education section on an entry-level resume can be more detailed and whimsical than a professional resume, because it’s likely that you don’t have prior work experience. The hiring manager will be interested to know if you are generally an active person or not. Therefore, you can include information about:

  • Clubs you’ve joined

    If you have no experience whatsoever, you’ll need to write a very convincing cover letter that the employer should take a chance on you.

  • Greek life you participate in
  • Relevant coursework
  • GPA (if above 3.5/4.0)

All other aspects of your resume will be the same as a professional resume. Click here to read more about writing your Professional Experience, Career Objective, and Skills sections.

Other Good Food Service Industry Samples

  1. 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.)
  2. Waiter- career-development-help.com (Note: A simple, but effective resume. Has a well done “Professional Profile”.)
  3. Cook – CC.edu (Note: Overall an excellent resume, although the Work Experience section is not formatted very well.)

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