Create a server résumé you’re proud of
Maybe you are beginning your career in restaurants ( if so check out “how to wait tables“), and need to put together your first server résumé, or maybe you have taken the advice of my article “Make more money; there are two ways” and you became the best server at your current restaurant, and now it’s time your server skills make you more money at a higher end restaurant. Unless you have strong restaurant networking connections chances are you will need a server résumé, and a good one at that. Waiting tables is a profession where a degree is not needed, which creates a lot of competition, especially for a job at a restaurant where the servers make serious money. [If you are wondering how to find those restaurants, look at my server resume e-book for resources.]
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…for inspiration or as a template for your résumé. Just replace what I have written with your gold nuggets of work experience and knowledge to create your own unique server résumé. Or, look at them for resume inspiration. Either way, take a look at the templates to see if they can help you land your next serving/restaurant job, they are at the bottom of this article!Look At Downloadable Resume Designs Now, let’s talk about what it takes to create a great server résumé!
Your server résumé should…
- be easy to read
- contain enough white space in between writing to create a clean look–no clutter
- contain no spelling mistakes
- contain no grammatical errors–spell check that s**t!
- be honest
- have uniformity of bullets, fonts, and sizes
- be targeted (e.g. “To obtain a serving position at XYZ Steakhouse,” not “To obtain a serving position”)
- Use power words to describe yourself and your achievements
- be well organized
- be very easy to read, yet eye catching: A good looking Server Resume Example Here>>
- highlight your top three or four pertinent skills or experiences
- be proof read! (ask your smartest friend for a favor)
Top–Intro, who you are and what you want
Who you are, contact information. Your name and how you can be reached should be at the top of your résumé, or at least in an area that stands out. What’s your desired result? What are you applying for? Why you are handing in your résumé? It may seem obvious to you, but maybe it isn’t to the manager. The hiring manager may be seeking an assistant manager, a Sommelier, a food runner, a host and a server, waitress, waiter. Which position are you interested in filling? Food Runner Resume Article Here>>
Choose from one of the following to begin creating a résumé:
- Job objective:
- Position desired:
Now choose the sentence to add after the colon above:
- To obtain a serving position within XYZ restaurant’s fine dining service team.
- To obtain a serving position at XYZ restaurant that will utilize my talent and experience.
- Seeking a waitress position as a waiter at XYZ restaurant.
- To interview for any serving or general guest experience opportunities at XYZ restaurant.
- Motivated waitress seeks restaurant position with potential for career advancement at XYZ restaurant.
Middle– what you’ve done and why you’re awesome
Where you have worked: List your jobs in reverse chronological order and only give details on your most recent waitress description duties or relevant jobs. What you have been up to most recently is of greater importance than detailing what you did years ago or worse, at a job that has nothing to do with the restaurant industry.
Other titles to this section could be:
- Professional History
- Professional Experience
- Career History
- Restaurant Experience
- Serving Experience
What kind of experience does your unique background bring to this position? Why are you a better candidate than any of the others? Look at the examples below for inspiration:
- Over one year of experience as a server and waitress.
- Skills in serving food and beverages to guests and patrons.
- Proven ability in recommending wines that complement guests’ meal choices.
- Sommelier at a ‘Wine Spectator two glass award’ restaurant.
- Generate repeat and referral business.
- Cicerone beer server at popular micro pub.
- Training server at previous restaurant. Duties included: weekly training seminar for staff, approve servers closing duties, insured all servers followed company procedures.
- Comfortable in giving detailed explanations to guests on how a variety of menu items are prepared by describing ingredients and methods of preparation.
- For 100 more resume filler examples look at the server resume e-book which comes with every resume purchase. (This 30 page guide comes free with any resume template purchase.)
Your skills are different than your experience. Skills are developed as a by-product of your experiences, professionally or personally gained. Examples include:
- Solid experience working proactively within teams and leading teams, ensuring optimized and timely service.
- Strong attention for detail with proven ability to quickly learn all aspects of new menus and specialties.
- Reputation for putting guests at ease and maintaining composure in stressful situations.
- Talented at serving food safely, securely and gracefully.
- Solid experience working with people from all cultures and backgrounds.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills–at all levels.
- The ability to work in a group towards and obtain a common goal.
- Detail oriented, with a proven ability to identify, analyze and solve problems.
- Passionate about serving diners in a warm, efficient and courteous manner.
- Posses a fantastic memory and excellent listening skills, resulting in highly accurate order placement.
- Graceful, careful, clean and safe when handling food.
- Excels in a high volume and paced restaurant environment.
- Absolutely dedicated to providing a positive and memorable experience for all guests.
- Skilled at anticipating, pinpointing and fulfilling guests’ needs and clarifying special orders.
- Reputation for putting guests at ease, having a composed control over large parties, and consistently guiding guests to trust my service, relax and just enjoy.
- Successful multitasking while remaining professional and courteous in a fast-paced environment.
- Consistently win any sales contests held.
Closing–last pieces of important information
For a servers résumé, the closing, or the end, is an area where you can include the final pieces of information about yourself that make you stand out from the rest. Some people are bilingual, some have certifications and some have advanced education that make them stand out. What do you have? Include that unique information at the end/bottom of your server résumé. Choose one or two to add to the bottom of yours.
- Special or unique skills
- Professional affiliations