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Do's and don'ts when putting together an eye-catching resume

Jan 2

Have you heard of the phrase "You never have another chance to make an impression". Although its origins are unknown it became popular when it was used in the advertising campaign for Head & Shoulders shampoo in the year 1980. Since then, the slogan has served as a reminder of how you present yourself can have significant impact on how people perceive us . It's an ideal way to look at the purpose of your resume.

Your resume is usually the first impression that a person who is hiring or a recruiter has of you. We've all had the experience of the process of putting together a resume, but did you know there are certain things you can do to make your resume stand out from the other candidates? To get the job you're hoping to get, follow these do's and don'ts for creating an appealing resume that will be sure to draw the attention of everyone who comes across it on restaurants' websites.

9 Do's and Don'ts when putting together a resume

Do: Include relevant experiences

The aim of your resume is to showcase your skills, background, and accomplishments -- therefore, you'll want to include work (and possibly personal) experiences that show you're the right person for the job. You should only include those that are relevant to the job you're applying for. This will make sure that your resume isn't packed with unnecessary details.

Do not: Go back further than 10 to 15 years

If you've worked for a decade or more, it's likely you won't mention every job you've ever had in particular when it's not related to the ad. If the experience is not too pertinent, it is best to limit your backlog to 10-15 years.

Give concrete examples/numbers of previous success

Your resume will stand out against other applicants by using concrete figures and examples of your accomplishments. This gives an accurate picture of how your past job contributed to your success. For example, rather than writing "Managed social media profiles" you could say "Increased social media followers by 10% over 6 months." This is a tangible result from your efforts.

Don't: Write down every single responsibility you had at each job

It's tempting to list out all the responsibilities you've had in your past experience so managers are aware of your abilities. This could distract them from the most pertinent and significant aspects of your professional history. Be concise and only mention the most important responsibilities that will impact the job you are applying for.

Do Utilize templates

Resumes are typically formatted according to certain guidelines specifically when it comes to alignment. A resume that seems to be scattered all over the place could look unorganized or frantic which might not be the image you wish to convey. There are plenty of resume templates you can use so you don't have to create one from scratch. It is possible to use templates from Google Docs or Microsoft Word to design an effective resume that shows your character.

Do not copy from another source

It's tempting to cut out any parts you like or are consistent with your experience if you're using a pre-written template from a friend. Be careful, as if you're questioned about the template later, it might be difficult to explain.

Do not forget to mention any relevant certifications or courses you've taken

If you've had the pleasure of completing courses or receiving certificates that relate to your job, you should include them in your resume. It will not only make you more appealing candidate, but it'll also demonstrate that you're committed to the industry you want to be a part of.

Do not: List your skills like Microsoft or Google Workspace

It was once a common practice to mention your proficiency in platforms such as Microsoft Workspace and Google Workspace. But in the age of technology the skills required are required. Employers are likely to require experience in at least one of these areas, or perhaps both. However, they are made to be simple to use and easy to master. (Check out our training programs for Microsoft and Google.)

Do: Keep it short and to 1-2 pages

A resume should contain an outline of your career history that will make the recruiter want to schedule an interview. Managers suggest that resumes be limited to one page. However, if it includes all the information you require, it's not a problem. Include the information in your cover letter if feel it is important to give more information prior to the interview stage.

While a good resume isn't the only thing employers look for in a candidate it's important to make an impression with your resume by crafting a resume that will show your character as an employee. Here are the best practices and don'ts to create an impressive resume that impresses employers and will be a great fit for their next hire.

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