How do you describe being a waiter or waitress on a resume?
The bigger point is, think about what aspects of your previous food service experience can be presented to match what the job description is asking for.
6 sections recruiters and hiring managers look for in a food service (waiter/waitress) resumeYou don’t necessarily have to have every single one of these, but together they cover all of your bases. So definitely consider all of these for your next food service resume.
1. A bio
It’s simple and seemingly straightforward, but a great bio can have a big impact. Besides giving your basic contact information, a great resume header can do much more. This includes making a strong first impression and giving the reader a clear idea of what your goal is. This can quickly provide context for the rest of your food service resume.
2. A strengths section
Done poorly, a strengths section is simple fluff. But done well, it’s an excellent place to demonstrate what you’re truly great at beyond what you can include in an experience section. Below, you can see how Hannah doesn’t just state what her skills are but explains how she developed them. This tells the reader a lot more about her and makes a case that her skills are genuine.
3. An experience section
Obviously this is at the core of nearly any resume, but too many experience sections fall flat. Niamh’s experience section shows how to make a food service, waiter, or waitress resume have a real impact. It explains what she did and what result it had, using numbers to quantify things as much as possible. As a result, she comes across as detail oriented and impactful.
4. Your languages
No matter where you are in the world, speaking multiple languages is a real asset in the food service industry. Whether it’s communicating with the back of the house or handling customers, managers know that speaking more than one language is a strong asset. Not to mention what speaking multiple languages says about your intelligence.
5. What you’re most proud of
When it comes to showing your personality on a food service resume, a “most proud of” or “passions” section is the easiest way to get the job done. You can show a positive attitude, eagerness to learn new things, or even just a love of food. Overall, this is one of the most flexible resume sections out there, so get creative and find ways to show who you are and why you’re ideal for the job.
This section, done well, can really be the icing on the cake. Niamh’s example below perfectly demonstrates this. Her certifications in first aid, HR concepts, and business principles together show her to be driven and ready to make a real impact in any role.
How to get a referral on LinkedIn for the Food service role you want
There are few things you can do to improve your chances of getting hired more than getting referred to a position, especially in the food service industry. Referred employees are hired 60% of the time compared to the 2% of regular applicants who typically get interviewed. That’s why it really makes sense to do whatever you can do leverage your personal network to get a referral.
Even if you don’t think you know anyone in the place you’d like to work for, your 2nd degree contacts just might. So start with LinkedIn or Facebook and try attending events and meetups to establish a better network. Even if you might not be able to develop one in time for this next job, those networks will be invaluable in the future.
Check out our guide on getting referrals for any job you’re applying for.