With increased competition in every market, tailoring your CV to a certain industry can be extremely helpful. Tailoring it even further, right down to a job role can be just the push your credentials need to land on the top of the pile.
1) Keep It Short
You’re probably best off keeping your resume to a two-page maximum. One page is even better for low entry positions such as kitchen hand jobs or service jobs. Each job you’ve had doesn’t need a 150-word description. Focus on highlighting your most important achievements and responsibilities. Using bullet points will make your resume easier to read, so don’t be afraid to leave some white space on the page.
2) Write a Strong Summary
Try to be authentic in your summary. Ask yourself what makes you a suitable candidate for the job and try to include that in your summary. What skills can you bring to the job? You definitely want to customize this part of the resume to the job you’re applying for.
3) List Your Relevant Work Experience
After your summary statement, you’ll list your relevant work experience. If you’ve had a multitude of jobs, omit the ones that aren’t relevant for the role you’re applying for.
4) Bullet Point Your Main Responsibilities
Rather than giving a detailed description of your work experience, bullet points your key achievements and responsibilities for each job. Tailor this to the job you’re applying for and include the responsibilities that will be expected of you. If the ad states you’ll be expected to lead other staff, then highlight your management achievements in your last role.
5) Include Your Qualifications
Every resume has a qualifications section. This is where you’ll show off your diplomas, certificates and degrees.
6) Add a Personal Touch
Hospitality managers look for more than just skills in employees. Attitude and personality are just as important, especially in front of house staff. You can add some personal info to give employers a glimpse of your personality.You could list projects or volunteer work you’ve done, or add a list of your personal interests at the bottom of your resume.
7) Don’t Forget Your Personal Details
Let the employer know where they can reach you, even if you’ve already included it in the application. Your personal details should go at the top of your resume. Leave things like date of birth and nationality off your resume.
8) Clean It Up
Your hospitality resume doesn’t need a fancy design. Just make sure it’s tidy and mistake-free. When you’re finished writing your resume, have a thorough proofread to fix any spelling or grammatical errors. Then save it as a PDF for online applications and save an editable version to customize for different jobs.