You might be the most skilled chef out there, but when you apply for a job, employers want to see your resume. Packing it full of credible references, job experience and education is important, but your objectives portion of the resume is equally crucial. Objectives might catch a hiring manager’s eye and can also provide him with insight into your work ethics, style and drive if you use them right.
Objectives are typically one line located near the top of your resume below your contact information. Place a single sentence -- sometimes two -- here to define your reasons for submitting your resume. Employers don't require objectives, but they might help catch a recruiter’s eye when used appropriately. Of course, an improperly used objective can also catch an eye, but not in a positive way. So, if you’re going to include one, think it through and only use a well-crafted statement.
Your resume discusses your experience and qualifications, but it doesn’t state your career goals. Use your objective to let hiring managers know why you’re applying and where you plan on taking your career. For example, if you’re a sous chef looking for a fast-paced kitchen environment with growth opportunities, an adequate objective could be “Experienced sous chef seeking challenging kitchen with room to grow.”
You can replace objectives that aren’t clear with a summary of qualifications. Explain what makes you qualified to apply and why you’re submitting your application. For example, a pastry chef with 12 years of experience in a five-star dining hall could state, “Five-star pastry chef with over 12 years of experience.” Use experience, cuisine specialties and memorable training to show the hiring manager what you’ll bring to the kitchen if hired.
You need a strong objective that catches the eye of a hiring manager or executive chef. Look over the job description and requirements for the position you’re applying for and pinpoint keywords you can use to your advantage. Use keywords tied to that position in your objective to spark management's interest. For example, if you’re applying for a kitchen management position, you’ll want to use “management” somewhere in your objective statement. Or if you’re applying at an Italian restaurant, incorporate Italian cuisine in your objective.
Shailynn Krow began writing professionally in 2002. She has contributed articles on food, weddings, travel, human resources/management and parenting to numerous online and offline publications. Krow holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and an Associate of Science in pastry arts from the International Culinary Institute of America.