Whether you're a recent culinary school graduate or just a whiz at whipping up meals in your home kitchen, crafting an eye-catching resume is the key to nabbing a job in the food-service industry. Your resume gives employers a quick way to review your experience, education and skills in the culinary arts world. According to Olivia Tacelli, a CulinaryEd columnist, employers take just 30 seconds to scan your resume for key information. Fill your culinary-arts resume with exciting descriptions of your qualifications and you're sure to impress employers and land a coveted job in the restaurant business.
Enter your personal information at the top of your resume. Don't use cute or funny personal email addresses like email@example.com. Employers want to see professionalism, not cuteness.
Create a section titled "Professional Objective," followed by your statement. Tailor your objective to the position for which you're applying. For example, you might write "New culinary arts graduate seeks position as pastry chef with Restaurant Name."
Determine which section to include next. This will differ depending on your experience. If you're a new culinary-arts graduate without much experience, consider placing your education or a skills summary section next to give employers an idea of your abilities. If you have a lengthy employment history, make it the next section.
Create a section titled "Work Experience" or "Professional Experience." List the jobs you've held, including unpaid internships or volunteer work, such as working as a cook at your local soup kitchen. List your culinary jobs starting with the most recently held position. For each job, provide the month and year you started and left the position.
Describe the responsibilities of each job. For instance, you might write "Cooked over 200 meals per night in a five-hour dinner service" or "Boosted food sales by 20 percent by training servers in suggestive selling techniques."
Make a section titled "Education" below the work experience section. Type the name of your school, followed by the location and year of graduation. On the next line, name your degree. If you had a concentration or minor, list that on the following line. For example, type "Culinary Institute of America, Miami, FL, 2010. Concentration in restaurant management."
Create a section titled "Honors," "Awards," "Certifications" or "Other Achievements." List any honors or skills of interest to restaurant employers. For example, your section might read "Fluent in Spanish. Food Handler's Certification, 2013. American Culinary Federation Member, 2009-2013."
Make a section titled "Hobbies" if you have any hobbies relevant to the restaurant industry. For instance, you might list hobbies such as recipe writing or decades of home cooking.
Attach professional-quality photos of meals you've created, if desired. This is a good way to show off your skills before an employer has a chance to taste your food. Choose the most appetizing shots that showcase a variety of foods for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.
- You're not required to provide references on your resume. If you prefer not to add them, though, type "References available upon request" at the bottom of your resume.
- Proofread your resume and use the word processor's spell-check feature to find spelling and grammar errors. Have someone else read your resume before sending it to an employer. He or she may have suggestions or find an error you didn't notice.
- Don't forget to craft a cover letter for your resume. A cover letter explains to the employer why you're sending a resume and why you want the job. Its purpose is to convince employers to read your resume.
- Do not make up jobs you've never held or lie about your education on your resume. If your lie is discovered, an employer will most likely fire you. This can damage your reputation and make it harder to get a job.
Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.