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Writing resumes and applying to new jobs is tough for everybody, but it can be a lot more daunting if you are thinking about changing careers entirely. You may be nervous about having a lot of experience in one field when you are actually interesting in something else, but luckily for you, our experts are here to help. We asked them to read an aspiring chef resume sample written by someone with primarily business management experience, and our expert resume readers have some points to make.
Combine culinary experience with work history
This sample resume has a huge section devoted to culinary experience, and then she gets into her regular work history portion. In the interest of saving some space, she would simply want to combine these two sections. You generally do now want a resume that has a bunch of disparate parts, and typically, you want to stick with having summary, skills, work history and education portions with an optional accomplishments or licenses section. Combining different parts will also help get your resume down to a single page, which is usually the length you want to aim for.
Try to get around five to eight points for each workplace
This resume sample has a good number of points about her time working at Verizon; however, since she is trying to get a job as a chef, she should really focus on the times she actually worked as a chef. Therefore, she would want to be as descriptive as she could about her time at 17* at the Alden Hotel as well as Backstreet Cafe & Hugos Mexican Cuisine. This sample has an easy fix because she could simply move the items she has under culinary experience and put them underneath the relevant job. Typically, you want to have at least five bullet points for each site of employment and be as descriptive as you possibly can be.
Be wary of how much information you give for a school if it is not recent
Since this person is trying to become a chef, it is highly beneficial to put that she has a degree in culinary arts, but due to the fact that this degree was obtained quite some time ago, she does not necessarily have to put all the information she has. There should be plenty of information with your degree if it is currently in progress or if you have just graduated, but if it has been a while, then you should be more selective about what you put. Discussing her coursework and any additional activities she was involved with while in school may be useful, but the things about being on honor roll are not necessarily all that relevant to where she is in her career now. For your own resume, you would simply want to take into account how long ago your degree was attained and what were the most impressive aspects of your education.
Include dates with affiliations
The affiliations on this resume sample are great if you want to become a chef, but no dates are given. Therefore, we do not know if she is currently affiliated or if she stopped working with them a while ago. You want to be as clear as you can when writing your resume, so include dates for employment, education and memberships. Generally, you do not want to talk about affiliations you no longer work with unless you held a senior position, so we need to know that information. There are tons of little tricks and tips to keep in mind when working on your resume. Some extra help can be gained by going to QuintCareer’s Resume Builder and using that to craft your resume.