MS Word as a format is quite imperative in the current computer operating system requirements for most of our employers. If you do not have MS Word format, copy the resume from your current format into the body of an email and send it to your EHS representative.
TARGET YOUR JOB….
EHS suggests that each time you send your resume out, you should attempt to match the requirements of the employer. Typically, you should know what skills and experience that particular employer is requiring for the position to be filled, and make those specific areas stand out through stating accomplishments. Be prepared to go beyond the job description and daily duties. A Manager is a moniker that already associates your ability to do inventory, hiring, firing scheduling and maintaining costs within the four walls. You may have to do additional research to find out more about the company and position you are applying to. Also, do not take up space illustrating skills that are not relevant to the job you are seeking.
CREATE A STRONG OBJECTIVE…..
The top quarter of your resume is the most crucial. Your reader should know who you are and what you do within five to 10 seconds of looking at your resume. Think of this as a headline to a news story. What will GRAB your reader and make them want to read on? As a practical matter, never write that you have “15 years of management experience”. Hopefully EHS can find that position that you can retire with, but if you have to look again, what are you going to do when you are 50 or 60 years old……”Manager with 35 years of experience…”—best way to describe this in a more justifiable way is “Manager with multiple years of experience…”
USE BULLET POINTS…
Use bullet points throughout your entire resume. Stay away from long, dense paragraphs; THEY will not be read. Paraphrase your accomplishments and be concise. Numbers are your key to success in getting a hiring managers attention. Not only do you want to grab your readers attention with a good headline, but a STRONG sense of accomplishments through numbers will put your resume at the top of the heap. Your resume should be very easy to scan through so a hiring manager can peruse and quickly ascertain your value to their operations. Use MS Word’s “Arrows or filled Circle Bullets” rather than Squares, Diamonds or Dashes.
CONCENTRATE ON YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS…
Again, stay away from listing your duties. If you are in the food industry, it is a given what managers do. Food Service hiring managers are NOT interested in what your duties or responsibilities were. You need to emphasis “What did you achieve WITH your responsibilities?” Did you impact Food Cost, Labor Cost, Secret Shopper Scores(what was it when you got there and how quickly did you do it?). What makes you stand out from another candidate with the same experience? Is your unit #1 or #2 in the concept out of 30 other units for Sales, Food Cost or Labor Cost, etc.—EXAMPLE: “> Part of management team that impacted Food Cost by 4.2% within two months of transfer”. This type of information creates questions that YOU can answer, it is something YOU did. Ten bullets like the above and can take up twenty minutes of a hour long interview.
INCLUDE ONLY RELEVANT INFORMATION. ….
Leave out your hobbies unless they are related to the job you are seeking. Do not include your marital status, age, irrelevant affiliations, etc. Also, there is no need to go into grave detail about past employment that is not related to your desired position. If needed, simply create an “Other” or “Previous Employment” section and briefly document this experience.
KEEP IT TO TWO PAGES MAX….
Do not overwhelm your reader by making your resume too long. Unless you have over twenty years of employment with one company, we suggest you stay within a 10-12 year history of work experience. Recruiters are only interested in details of the last 5-8 years, 10 tops. Important details tend to get buried in a long resume.
NAME YOUR RESUME…..
Imagine being a recruiter and getting several hundred resumes per week all named: “resume.doc.” Keep it simple, make it easy for your reader to find you and name your resume document: “Smith, John Resume.doc.”
One of the quickest ways for your resume to end up in the trash is one that contains misspelled words, typos, and wrong grammar usage. Also, be sure to use the correct verb tense. Mistakes on your resume can reflect carelessness as an employee.
Regardless of your ideas on the way a resume should read, these suggestions are well proven in our Food Service Industry. If you choose to utilize other than accomplishments and direct information as to the Food Service background, paper space is wasted, the hiring manager is less interested, with your resume going on the “tall stack” and passed on, due to that lack of interest.
Please consider these suggestions. EHS wants to be a partner in your search for a new position. We emphasize that we are not going to be anything but a source for your search. WE will never promise that you will get the job, we just assist in allowing you to be able to put the “Best Foot Forward” so to speak.