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When you are seeking a job at a particular company, your resume is the first and sometimes the only information the hiring manager has about you. If it is poorly written or you leave out key points, you will not get the chance you deserve to interview for a position for which you may be the best qualified. We have asked experts to critique this Food and Service resume sample and point out common errors and problems. Have a look before you send out your next resume and put yourself ahead of the competition.
Accomplishments Should Stand Out
An accomplishment is a significant event in your career. If you intend to have a separate accomplishments section on your resume to draw attention to anything you have done that is above average, be sure to write short sentences that are easy to read, and place them in a list format. Accomplishments usually have measurable results, such as production percentages or tallies or specific awards. This resume sample has a rambling paragraph with poor grammar and spelling, and no actual accomplishments listed. Specific duties and responsibilities belong in the experience section, and you can place bullet lists of anything you are especially skilled at doing in the Highlights section.
Experience Must Be Formatted for a Quick and Easy Read
The hiring manager will only be glancing briefly at your experience to catch key words and phrases. Although you can’t know precisely what they are looking for, you can index your experience by using bullet lists, avoiding extra words or first person pronouns, and focusing on action verbs. Wrong: Key Holder, 04/2010 to 09/2011Chili’s Restaurant ? Lebanon, NH I was a key holder for the restaurant. Meaning I was to take a managers role when a manager was sick or on vacation. During the time I was there, I would be responsible for doing cash audits and deposits. Making sure there was the proper amount of money in each bag with the correct date that applied with it. I was to manage the restaurant when it came to numbers for the business. Making sure that the company was hitting hit percentages properly. Such as labor percentages. Our labor percentages should be around 17%. Making sure that we able to make it around that number depending on how busy the business was everyday. Right: Key Holder 04/2010 to 09/2011 Chili’s Restaurant, Lebanon, NH
oEnsure correct dates oEnsure correct amounts
oEnsure labor percentages consistently averaged 17%
General Statements Belong in Your Summary
Your summary is at the top of your resume and is the proper place to give an overview of your career and your primary duties and abilities. This resume sample split this information between the summary and the accomplishments section, and used too many cumbersome phrases to get the point across. Right: Summary Dedicated manager and team leader with extensive background in business management. Experienced line cook with exceptional knowledge of a wide variety of kitchen equipment and cooking techniques in fast-paced environments. Fifteen years of experience in the hospitality industry and six years of FOH and BOH operations experience. Responsible for scheduling and handling and serving food according to regulations and standards. Keep employees informed of proper procedures. Use these tips to highlight your core capabilities as we did on this Food and Service resume sample, and you will be able to write a competitive resume. Visit QuintCareer’s Resume Builder to create the best resume a perspective employer will see the next time they hire.