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Creating a strong resume can help you to secure the job that you really want, but putting together a good resume is not always easy. It is easy, though, to make mistakes that could weaken your resume. That is why we have worked with the experts to take a look at this customer service bartender resume sample and pick out some mistakes that are commonly made.
Always Write in First Person
This is your resume. You are telling someone why they should hire you, so dont write in third person. You want the resume to always be in first person because you are the one selling yourself. When you write in third person it seems like someone else wrote the resume and is telling about you. You want to avoid this because it isnt professional sounding. Use first person in every area of the resume. It is very common, especially in the summary section, to use third person if you are not using subjects. Much of a resume is written in fragments, but that doesnt mean to use third person. Make sure you maintain first person. To help, remember that first person verbs are not plural. A plural verb is third person.
Dont Include Routine Job Duties in the Accomplishments Section
The accomplishments section is a place to highlight your most important achievements. It is where you want to make yourself really stand out. So, you should never put routine job duties in this section. It is only for those things that you are really proud of accomplishing. The accomplishments listed should also include quantitative data whenever possible so it is clear exactly what your achievement was. In our sample resume, the accomplishments section looks like this: *Created and implemented bar action plans with management teams to increase bar knowledge and sales expectations among service staff. *Oversaw bar cost and order inventory. *Trainer and bar expert. *Top sales performer. The first point is okay. It is talking about a stand out achievement. The second point is just a general job duty. It would be expected that a bartender helps with costs and inventory. If the applicant had reduced bar costs, then this would have been fine to include. The third point is too vague and routine. Of course a bartender would train other crew and be a bar expert. The last point is not giving enough information. This is a point that could have really used some quantitative data to help make it really shine.
Job Duties and Responsibilities Should Be Presented in Bullet Lists
The experience section lists your past jobs and the duties and responsibilities that you had at that job. When you list these, they need to be in a bullet list. This makes this section look cleaner and more professional. It is also much easier to read. Remember that hiring managers have a lot of resumes to read and dont have time for a resume that looks cluttered or unorganized. Make it as easy for them as possible by ensuring your resume has a clean look. Here is an entry from our sample resume and how it looks converted to a list format: Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill June 2000 to Current Head Bartender Roseville, MI Operate and maintain all functions of the bar, including supervision, training and coaching of bar and service associates, product ordering and cost control; and delivery of great guest service while increasing and retaining bar clientele by promoting a fun and relaxing environment. Revision: Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill June 2000 to Current Head Bartender Roseville, MI *Operate and maintain all functions of the bar *Supervise, train and coach bar and service associates *Order products *Control costs *Deliver great guest service *Increase and retain bar clientele by promoting a fun and relaxing environment Understanding common mistakes like these will help you to really put together an outstanding resume. Now that you know what mistakes to not make, you can use QuintCareer’s Resume Builder to create your own professional resume.