As a restaurant management recruiter I am constantly bombarded with back all day, every day, on weekends and holidays. It’s amazing how many great managers out there can run a profitable restaurant operation inside and out, but they have no idea what to write when it comes time to shop for their next opportunity.
In the restaurant industry isn ‘t about where you went to school, what degree you have or what you want to do on your days off. Plain and simple is the best way to get an interview on the field. You need to understand that hiring managers who review new see more resumes than I every day. We are talking about the mid hundreds depending on how they have their needs and job hiring goals presented to the public. Many times a resume is passed over because it is not user friendly or it is out of order chronologically. The worst thing I ever saw was a resume that stopped 2 years with no explanation. Go ahead and file that one in the round outbox on the floor.
Before we begin let me tell you if you are not using Microsoft Word you will probably never get another job. Compatibility is the key here and whether you like it or not Word is the king of word processing. Please do not try to reinvent the wheel with Word Perfect or something else obscure in the marketplace. When someone gets a file can not be opened with their existing software they take the path of least resistance and delete it. They will not and will contact you by email and you just lost a potential career opportunity. So step one is always use Word or you will regret it later.
The first thing a resume should have your name is in the middle of 14-point bold Arial font. Arial is easy on the eyes and it does not distort like some other fonts. Under that you want to address, and phone numbers of at least 10-point Arial. You do not have to address it and remember just because you have a cute or clever email address that your friends think is cool does not mean someone else will. And because of you, change the message on your phones to something clear and precise and welcome in the job arena. This is not the time to express yourself!
The second thing you need is an objective statement, which looks good in 12-point Arial. I would suggest keeping the text font the same for the rest of the new. This objective description should be clear and driven. Do not ramble not Triple sentences and think anyone will care, because they will not. For example, a nice statement about how you want to contribute to the bottom line profitability of a team with previous experience often works well. Throw in some upward growth potential and you are on the right track.
Next is an important part of it is experience. Starting from existing and return is the only way to go. All you need here is the company’s name, title and dates (from past when to present when). Do not worry about exact dates, but not months and years, obviously.
After that you need to briefly bullet statements regarding actions while in that position. This should be one-sentence statements that are clear to the reader. Do not tell them that you are a great manager because that is vague. Instead of telling me why I should hire you. For example, did you increase sales of two-year period or did you increase sales by 12% over a two year period using local store marketing and targeting repeat guest counts? Do you see the difference? One statement keeps you reading and one is cloudy vagueness. Take this and run with it on all other information, such as labor, food and controllable costs. All training and development of team members is also a very good example that you’re part of a team and you care about their success. Because of this you will also be good and it will help you to include my work in the main parties hourly team.
If you follow these guidelines you will probably need about 6 to 8 Bullet statements that should get you noticed. Repeat these steps for all previous positions as well until you have described the last 5-8 Years time frame for your career. No one cares about what you did 15 years ago in this area. They want to see the latest performance and some career.
As far as references goes I would consider them a waste of space. No one is going to ever list a reference from a bad experience and hiring managers know this. If you have a great looking new flows and is widely acceptable you will be getting a lot more calls from interested parties than those others who invest their time upfront.