How to Write the Perfect Resume when applying to Hospitality Jobs
So it is time now that you start thinking of getting the job you have been yearning for; the first thing to do is to have resume, AKA CV. The document is the first thing your potential employer gets to see about you. This document will tell your story in a few seconds.You could get shortlisted and get an opportunity to prove yourself or your application could be placed in the shredder. Here is how you can get your prospective employer to give you a call inviting you for an interview.
Write your objective carefully
When writing your objective ensure that it is open. Writing an objective that is specific for only one job could narrow down your chances. Your objective should be suitable for a number of jobs offered by your employer. With so many roles in the industry; Bartenders, waiters/waitress, chefs, etc, it is important to highlight your objectives in a clear way.
Use your words wisely
More often than not, resumes are only scanned rather than fully read. Use a few words to give as much information as possible about yourself. A lot of information could easily be distractive. Not long ago we saw Marisa Meyer’s resume (Yahoo’s CEO) and I think it is a very good example on how a resume should look like. Take a look at it HERE and get some good ideas, sometimes less is more.
Your resume should be focused
You may have had numerous jobs before, but not all of them are relevant to the one you are seeking at the moment. Only include skills and experiences that could be useful in the job you are seeking. If you are applying for a Chef job, don’t include anything that is not relevant to the job or even more so, to the industry.
Quantify your accomplishments
State a precise number of the people you have managed if that has been your line of duty before. Indicate whether you’ve had any budget responsibilities and how much money was entrusted to you. Don’t be vague about what you’ve been able to achieve. Employers want to rely on you; you will become somehow the face of the business you are representing.
It is prudent to include hobbies that are relevant to the job you are applying for.
Very few employers want to know what kind of a person you are. Most of them are interested in what you can do for them. What you do for leisure is only important if some of those skills can be employed in the job.
Conceal a few things about yourself
Let your resume give just enough information to catch the eye of your prospective employer. The rest can be given during the interview.
Indicate your work and education history
The educational background should be done in chronological order starting with your most recent job indicating the hotel, pub or restaurant. Your academic qualifications should also begin with the most recent one. However, one should be careful when speaking of their qualifications. Some of them may not be relevant to the job in question.
Mention any volunteer work you may have been involved in
This mainly comes into play especially when there are gaps in your job history. Essential skills may have been learned, and this could increase the chances of landing the job. Some employers will value if you have experience helping people in need.
Your contact information
This may be a distinct section, but it should be handled with care. It should be at the top part of your resume where it is most conspicuous. Use an email address that you have dedicated to job-related activities. Try to avoid emails like: email@example.com. Remember this is a profesional environment and you have to look like one; even on paper.
All in all, seek to make your resume relevant and suitable to the job you are applying for and the company you hope will employ you.