The bad news – creating the perfect waitress resume is no simple task.
The good news – once you have a good one, you can easily tweak and customize it for each new job or position that you apply for.
The best waitress resumes are easy to read, effectively showcase specific skills and expertise, and visually stand out from the competition. We’re here to help you accomplish just that. Follow this guide on how to create the perfect waitress resume and you’ll be on your way to a great restaurant job.
1. Make Your Resume Easy to Read
It may seem counter-intuitive, but less is more when it comes to creating your resume. The employer should be able to quickly scan your resume for previous jobs, skill sets, and educational experience. Your resume should also include specific keywords from the actual job description. This shows that you carefully read the job posting and that you know exactly what the employer is looking for – Immediate bonus points for you!
Ways to Make Your Resume Easy to Read
- - Use a basic font such as Calibri, Times New Roman, Georgia, or Cambria
- - Include all of your contact information
- - Include an objective (more on this in the next section)
- - Use an easy to read resume format
- - Make good use of white space on the page to help sections stand out
- - Use bullet points to clearly and effectively get information across
2. Effectively Showcase Specific Skills & Expertise
Restaurant managers are looking for specific qualities in potential employees. Your resume is the perfect opportunity to show that you are the best candidate for the position. But in order to do so, you have to be specific as to why. Avoid an over-use of industry jargon.
Most importantly, be compelling. Here’s how:
1. Start with a Convincing Career Objective
One major section in any waitress’ resume is the “Career Objective.” A great career objective is very specific and targeted at the position you are applying for.
Be sure to touch on the points below when applicable:
- - State years of experience in the industry
- - State the specific areas of business where you are most knowledgeable
- - State the position you are looking to fill
- - State any titles or certificates that you have earned
- - State how you will be a benefit to the company
Example: Experienced waitress seeking to work in a challenging environment, contributing enthusiasm, dedication, responsibility, and good work ethic, combined with a desire to utilize my customer service skills obtained through experience as a waitress in [Blank] restaurant.
Put simply, a resume objective is where you’ve been so far in your career, what you’re really good at, and what you’ll bring to the table at the new company. Want more examples? Check out ResumeGenius for great Career Objective writing tips.
2. Be Specific, Not General
Describing your accomplishments to a potential employer is an important part of creating the perfect resume. Show your accomplishments in numbers, not just words. Adding numbers to the experience section will help restaurant managers understand the exact impact you made on your previous company. Consider answering these four questions on your resume:
- 1. How much money in food sales did you do last year?
- 2. How many waitresses or waiters did you manage?
- 3. How many tables and or customers did you handle per shift?
- 4. How many times were you awarded “server of the month?”
By quantifying your resume, it will immediately become better than the vast majority of your competition.
Providing specific accomplishments in terms of numbers allows you to quantify your success.
3. Use Action Words
The tone of your resume should be upbeat, enthusiastic, and professional. Managers want to see your personality shine through, especially for a waitress position, as it requires people skills. What they’re looking for is an achievement-orientated waitress who they know will get the job done and please customers. A great way to show this on your resume is the use of action words throughout. Try using these words:
- - Ensure
- - Lead
- - Perform
- - Serve
- - Train
- - Promote
- - Prepare
- - Assist
- - Allocate
Need more ideas for words? Check out The Longest Action Verb List in the Universe
3. Visually Stand Out from the Competition
You can put a ton of work into the writing of your resume, but if it doesn’t visually look good, restaurant managers will pass right over it.
Think of your resume as a picture of yourself. Every time you send it out you are representing the best version of you.
How would you like it to look?
Important things to pay attention to with visual design:
- - Header
- - Spacing
- - Layout
- - Colors
- - Footer
- - Format
- - Text Style
- - Text Size
Here are some additional resources for visual inspiration:
- 1. Canva: 50 Inspiring Resume Designs: And What You Can Learn From Them
- 2. The Muse: 5 Digital Tools That Will Make Your Resume Infinitely More Beautiful
- 3. Financial Samurai: Examples Of Good Resumes That Get Jobs
Creating or updating your resume is tedious, time-consuming, and not a whole lot of fun. However, putting the time and effort into great one will pay off (literally) in the long run as it will help you to land a great waitress job.
Let us know if you have any specific questions about writing your resume and good luck on your journey.