How to Write a Resume for a Restaurant Position


Restaurants are fast paced environments, and restaurant positions require a lot of customer service and interaction. Whether you are changing career paths and have never worked in the food industry or simply want to relocate to a different restaurant, it is important to tailor your resume so that it reflects your skills most relevant to the restaurant position. Along with your resume, you may also be required to fill out a job application for the position you desire.

  • Use a standard resume template. A resume template outlines and formats your resume so that information is in a particular order that is easy for the employer to understand. A template places your name and contact information at the top and your professional and educational experience in the body.

  • State your objective. Name the position you are applying for and how that fits into your objective. You can say, "To offer customers an excellent dining experience as their full-time server."

  • List your qualifications that make you a good candidate for the job. Think about the type of work that employees perform in a restaurant. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that food and beverage servers fulfill a variety of duties, including customer service, memorization, food service and escorting guests to tables. So, your qualifications can include excellent customer service, ability to work in fast paced environments and proficient at teamwork.

  • Detail your previous job experience, if you have any. If you worked at other restaurants, explain all of the tasks you completed while you worked there. If you are changing industries, focus on the job duties that you performed at previous jobs and try to make them apply to the restaurant environment. For instance, if you had an office job that required you to handle customer complaints, this is relevant because restaurant jobs require workers to interact with customers on a regular basis. If you were a cashier at a grocery store before this, your experience handling money is another thing that ties into the restaurant industry because servers handle the bills for their tables.

  • Include a section on your educational history. Most restaurant workers receive on the job training, but employers still like to see the academic level of applicants. List your highest academic level first, and move down the list from there.

  • Complete a special skills section. A special skills section gives you a chance to write about your talents that may not otherwise shine from a resume. You can list that you are proficient with computers or are fluent in different languages.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep your resume concise and to one page. A two-page resume is acceptable only if there is no way to condense it into one.
  • Use a clearly legible font. Do not experiment with unique fonts, but rather stick to universal fonts like Times New Roman and Arial.

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