A job in hospitality management of any kind can be challenging to get, so it is crucial you create a good first impression for the hiring manager. A resume is the best way to demonstrate why you are the perfect candidate for the position because it provides your relevant skills and experience. One of the challenges is to present this information in a way that is easy and quick to read.
Consult sample resumes and read this short article to get ideas of what to include and how.
Below are some top tips to help you with writing the perfect Deputy Restaurant Manager / Management CV:
Get the basics right
There is no right or wrong way to write a CV but there are some common sections you should cover. These include: personal and contact information; education and qualifications; work history and/or experience; relevant skills to the job in question; own interests, achievements or hobbies; and some references.
Presentation is key
A successful CV is always carefully and clearly presented, the layout should always be clean and well structured.
Always remember the CV hotspot – the upper middle area of the first page is where the recruiter's eye will naturally fall, so make sure you include your most important information there.
Stick to no more than two pages of A4
A good CV is clear, concise and makes every point necessary without waffling. You don't need pages and pages of paper – you just keep things short and sweet. A CV is a reassurance to a potential employer, it's a chance to tick the right boxes. And if everything is satisfied, there's a better chance of a job interview.
Understand the job description
The clues are in the job application, so read the details from start to finish. Take notes and create bullet points, highlighting everything you can satisfy and all the bits you can't. As a deputy restaurant manager you will be managing one of the most important aspects of the business alongside the upper management, make sure you portray your knowledge of the business from the outset, your CV is a great way to showcase this. With the areas where you're lacking, fill in the blanks by adapting the skills you do have.
Tailor the CV to the role
When you've established what the job entails and how you can match each requirement, create a CV specifically for that role. Remember, there is no such thing as a generic CV. Every CV you send to a potential employee should be tailored to that role so don't be lazy and hope that a general CV will work because it won't.
Create a unique CV for every job you apply for. You don't have to re-write the whole thing, just adapt the details so they're relevant.
Making the most of skills
Under the skills section of your CV don't forget to mention key skills that can help you to stand out from the crowd. From your years of experience in front of house right up until becoming a deputy restaurant manager, your skills will have developed immensely in many areas. These could include: communication skills; team working; problem solving; team leaderships skills & many more.
Keep it up to date
Firing off an old CV will look unprofessional, so make sure that yours is regularly updated to meet the requirements of any jobs you see advertised. Each job you have had up until now would have provided you with great experience to become a deputy restaurant manager and most importantly, varied experience within the kitchen.
Let’s Break it Down Even Further
Your CV will be written for a potential employer. In the case of a deputy restaurant manager application, this is likely to be the general manager of the establishment. The goal is to demonstrate that you have the qualities to withstand the high pressure environment in the restaurant, leadership and management skills to perform the job to its highest standard. To do this, you must identify the most important attributes of a successful deputy restaurant manager.
From years of experience in the hospitality industry right up until the current day, as a deputy restaurant manager you will have acquired different aspects of professional skills. Give brief examples of when you have acquired and developed these skills. Formulating your CV in this way will make it relevant and concise.
What are the key points you should highlight in your CV?
- Contact details
Your CV should start with your name and contact details. As mentioned before- ensure these are correct and up to date.
- Personal Statement
Your personal statement should give a brief outline of your career to date, your ambitions and your skills. Include an explanation of why you are a valuable asset to the workplace e.g. leadership skills, experience as a and working in restaurants over the years.
Here you should provide a list of your qualifications you have gained. Format this section chronologically so that the most recent and relevant points are at the top of the list.
This section should be used to briefly describe both your personal and industry-specific skills. It may be worth using bullet points to make this more concise, the list below includes some of the key attributes that a recruiter will be looking for in a …
Your skills list may include:
- Organisation skills
- Ability to work in a high-pressure environment
- Communication skills
- Leadership skills
- Management skills
- Work Experience/Employment
This is arguably the most important part of your CV. It provides the evidence to support what you have already said. As a you are now one of the senior members within the restaurant, the general manager will be looking for evidence that you have worked in a variety of establishments and have experience in various front of house positions. It is important that they know you have a thorough understanding of working as a front of house member. Provide them with the names of previous employers, the dates you worked there and what you did, again in a chronological order.