Server Resume Examples

Dish out your own fresh resume by looking at some great samples! LiveCareer has a library of professional server resume examples you can customize and use to create your job-winning document!


Server resume
summary examples

A resume’s professional summary is the first important information an employer reads about you. Since most hiring managers only look at a resume for an average of seven seconds, you must nail this section.

Your professional summary is just two-or-three sentences that explain your top service skills and qualifications.

However, if this is your first serving job, consider an alternative, an objective statement. It focuses more on why you want a job as a server rather than proving you can do it.

Using a professional summary is usually stronger if you have serving experience.

Next, we’ll share examples of professional summaries and resume objectives for servers.

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Good example:

“ I am an experienced Server with over 5 years of experience in the hospitality industry. I have a proven track record of providing excellent customer service, increasing sales, and reducing costs. I am highly skilled in providing exceptional customer service, working with diverse teams, and ensuring customer satisfaction.”

Why this example passes:

  • Feature candidate’s success statistic to grab attention. Numbers add detail about how big the results you deliver are, e.g., test scores, passing rate and more.
  • Shows career length, 11 years.
  • Mentions employer-desired skills: student motivation and interactive lessons.
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Bad example:

“ Hardworking server with experience in the food industry. Enjoys interacting with customers and providing excellent service. Dedicated to ensuring customer satisfaction.”

Why this example fails:

  • Doesn’t include any numbers that quantify server’s performance
  • Uses vague descriptions and skills.
  • Doesn’t include years of teaching experience.

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professional summary

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Server resume work
experience examples

You need to show employers what you’re capable of as a server in your work experience section.Try to include numbers and statistics about your jobs that show your work capacity, like your average daily sales amount, how many guests you can serve in a shift or how many rotating nightly specials you had to memorize.

Including details like this is one of the keys to writing a good resume.

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Good example:

Rolling Meadows Middle School I Rolling Meadows, IL I 8/2018-current

  • Served as a server at a high-end restaurant, providing exceptional customer service and ensuring a pleasant dining experience for guests
  • Demonstrated excellent multitasking skills by managing orders, serving meals, and bussing tables in a timely manner
  • Collaborated with kitchen staff to ensure orders were prepared according to customers specifications
  • Exceeded sales goals by upselling drinks and desserts to customers.

Why this example passes:

  • Numbers and statistics add detail and quantify the results this server delivers: 4% improvement and a class size of 20-25.
  • Good use of strong words and active language.
  • References specialized value cahier provides with “individualized lesson plans.”
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Bad example:

Emily Dickinson Elementary I Redmond, WA I 4/2022-present

  • Worked as a server at a local restaurant
  • Served customers in a timely manner
  • Assisted in stocking the kitchen
  • Maintained a clean and organized work area.

Why this example fails:

  • Lacks numbers or statistics.
  • Describes general tasks, not teaching achievements or career highlights.
  • Uses active verbs, but doesn’t focus on results.

Server resume skills examples

Here are 18 sample skills for server:

  • Hors doeuvres service
  • Dining area maintenance
  • To-Go Order Preparation
  • Seating Assignment Preparation
  • Utensil cleaning
  • Supply Restocking
  • Quality Control
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Safe Food Handling
  • Order Management
  • Menu Memorization
  • Table Setting
  • Performance Improvement
  • Banquet Coordination
  • Table Bussing
  • Food Delivery
  • Beverage Preparation
  • Order Accuracy

You should sprinkle skills and abilities throughout your resume. Include them in your professional summary, work experience blurbs and a dedicated skills section.

Examples of additional resume sections

A server’s resume should have a minimum of five sections: contact information, professional summary, work experience, skills and education. You can also customize it with additional training, licenses or certification sections.

Here are some examples of optional server resume sections that you could add to provide greater detail:

  • References
  • Additional skills
  • Certifications
  • Professional skills
  • Soft skills
  • Languages
  • Photo
  • Overview

The most common section(s) servers tend to add are food/beverage knowledge or restaurant certifications. It varies from state to state, but by law, many places expect that you have a food handler’s license like a ServSafe or a permit to serve alcohol. It will appeal to employers if you list these necessary items in extra sections.

Examples of resume formats

There are three main ways to organize the sections of a resume, also called a resume formats The three resume formats are chronological, functional and combination. We’ll show you examples of each and explain how to choose.

You should select a resume format based on your experience. The main difference between each format type is whether it focuses more on your skills or work experience.

How to choose a resume format

Years of experience

Functional formats

  • Focus on skills.
  • Best for first-time server who lack work experience.
  • Good for people re-entering workforce.
  • May omit dates in the work history section.
  • Skills listed above work experience.

Years of experience

Combination formats

  • Balance skills and work history.
  • Ideal for mid-career server.
  • Suitable for career changers and people seeking promotion.
  • Skills next to or above work experience.

Years of experience

Chronological formats

  • Put the most focus on work history.
  • Best for server with a long, steady career.
  • Most popular format.
  • Preferred by recruiters.
  • Work experience listed above skills.
Once you know the best format for you, it’s easy to pick a server resume template. Templates are preformatted layouts created by design professionals to ensure your resume looks amazing!

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