Hospitality Resume Writing Don'ts

  • Don't focus only on titles such as "bartender", "head waiter" or "manager" but primarily list the specific duties you handled, on a daily or weekly basis. Noting that you were in charge of staff supervision or coordinated various teams of workers gives potential employers a clearer sense of your talents and abilities than noting only the job title.  


  • Don't mention a specific job if you think there is any chance that you could be offered a better one. For example, if you have been an assistant manager at a hotel or restaurant for many years, let the resume speak f or itself. Perhaps you'll be offered a managerial position and a higher salary. So don't limit yourself.


  • Don't forget that you are there to make life easier for your employer. Stress the duties you can handle, keeping the employer from having to manage those jobs. The more you can do that goes beyond other possible employees, the better. Unique skills or duties should always be noted. An example would be handling a large number of conventions per year.  


  • Don't worry too much about a lack of education, particularly if you've learned most of your skills on the job. This can be listed at the bottom of a resume and may not even be noticed by an employer. If asked you can point out the accomplishments you've made in the field. If you've worked 10 to 12 years in the field, moving steadily up, education will be less of a factor.


  • Don't forget to consider the smallest details, including your email address. Make sure it is professional and doesn't include any silly nicknames or similar words. First impressions count - but so does every part of the hospitality resume. Contact info needs to be to the point and show that you mean business.