Interviewing for a promising new hospitality job is both exciting and nerve-wracking. You want to do everything you can to make a great impression, because you’ll probably be facing some pretty tough competition. In addition to ensuring your appearance is perfectly groomed and professional, you’ll also need to present a polished resume that sells you as the best candidate.

Use these four tips to make sure your resume works for you, instead of against you.

Tailor Your Resume to Fit the Job

Using the same generic resume for every job interview is easy, but taking the easy route won’t get you very far in life. Employers want to hire someone who truly wants the job at their company — not any hospitality position they can get. Show your enthusiasm for the job by customizing your resume for each individual opportunity.

Highlight Your Successes

Your resume is the place to sell yourself, so brag a little. If you’re applying for a bartender position, mention the cocktail you developed for your previous employer that became the restaurant’s top-selling drink or if you’re vying for a server role, emphasize the fact that you had the highest sales volume on staff last year at your current restaurant. These helpful little facts can make all the difference between you and another candidate with similar experience.

Give Background Information

The hospitality industry is massive, so some of your previous employers might not be on the hiring manager’s radar. Offer a little background information on the company, so it’s clear you’re more than qualified for this new position. Helpful details to cover may include, type of business, size of property, number of seats — restaurants — or rooms — hotels and any special awards or designations garnered by the business.

Proofread Multiple Times

It seems obvious, but you’d be surprised at the number of spelling and grammatical errors on resumes that come across hiring managers’ desks. Simply put, you won’t be taken seriously if you can’t be bothered to submit a flawless resume. From the employers’ perspective, you should be putting your full effort into making a great impression, so if you can’t be bothered to do that, you probably don’t want the job very badly.

About LGC Hospitality

If you’re searching for a job in the hospitality industry, allow LGC Hospitality to help you find the right fit. We offer front of house and back of house positions in a variety of settings nationwide, ensuring we have something that meets your needs. Contact us to learn more!