Resumes

Your resume represents a brief opportunity to show a prospective employer what you have accomplished, what you are capable of doing and what you might be able to bring to a company. Written well, it can serve as a vehicle for helping you secure an important interview. The resume is an important tool for building a hospitality career. Here are some tips for writing a strong resume and avoiding embarrassing errors. Of course, it's always a good idea to find a resume sample you like at the library or on the internet and use it as a guide.

Writing

Be specific when writing your resume. Take some time to think about what you have accomplished and be prepared to include those details in your resume. Keep your statements short and avoid using prose.

Your resume should also be accomplishment-oriented rather than simply listing specific responsibilities you have carried out in your work. “The biggest mistake that I see in the resumes people send me is that they list responsibilities. That doesn’t grab anybody’s attention,” Quintessential Careers quotes resume writer JoAnn Nix as saying. Nix continued to explain that employers want to know a person is “a mover and a shaker.” Show how you could benefit an organization.

Matthew Rothenberg, editor-in-chief of the career website TheLadders.com, offered further tips on illustrating your value on your resume. “The more dollar and percentage signs you can get in it, the better,” Rothenberg said in a FoxBusiness.com article. Let a potential employer know if you have increased a budget, for instance, or if you have helped bring in more revenue.

Emailing a Resume

Email has done a lot to change the way employers search for new workers. Rather than accepting paper resumes by mail or fax, many are requesting electronic forms instead. Make sure the file you send is one that the receiver will likely be able to open. Many companies use MS Word, the Boston Globe reported. Double-check that you have sent the file to the right email address and choose an appropriate file name for your resume, such as John Doe Resume, and not something impertinent that might embarrass you.

Some Final Tips

Proofread your resume. If you truly want to work in one of the many hospitality careers available, you will see the importance of putting your best foot forward as you strive to make a good impression on potential employers. Use spell check and then review it again yourself. Consider having someone else read your resume for accuracy and any errors that might exist. Check dates, names, numbers, phone numbers and addresses. With a typo on your resume, a potential employer could disregard you completely.

Use easy-to-read fonts and a text size that is easy to see. Ensure that margins and spaces contribute to a format that will be appealing to a potential employer.

If it's been awhile since you’ve reviewed or updated your resume, take some time to make sure it is still current before sending it to a potential new employer. Include any certifications you have received or new volunteer experiences that have added to your skill set. Make sure that your revised resume will help an employer understand why you consider yourself a prime candidate for the job offered.

Above all, be honest about your work history and accomplishments. If your potential boss conducts a background check, the truth will be revealed and you could lose your chance at the job you want if you have falsified your information.


Last Updated: 05/23/2014

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