5 Tips for Preparing an Excellent Resume for the Hospitality Industry
When applying for a new job, your resume is your first impression. Having a good resume is the difference between getting an interview and not being considered for the job at all. In the hospitality industry, you need to prove to your future employers that you are just as friendly and professional on paper as you are in real life, as much of the correspondence between you and guests will happen over email. Here are five tips for preparing a killer resume for the hospitality industry.
Make sure your intentions in your resume are clear. You don’t want them to come off as too generic. You should use your resume to demonstrate that you have experience that makes you fit to work in hospitality. If you can make all of your work experience connect to hospitality somehow, that is great, but you shouldn't just list everything you have ever done to bulk up your resume. This can come across as unprofessional.
2. Describe your employers
Odds are, those reviewing your resume won't be familiar with your past employers unless they are really well known. To save everyone a Google search, include a little bit about your old employer. Outline the objective of your old employer/company, and what part you played in that accomplishing that objective. Be specific. When people are vague on their resumes, their experience can come off as fabricated. You don’t want to waste the time of the person viewing your resume, so just be direct.
3. Don’t be humble
Your resume needs to tell your future employers that you are the best candidate for the job. This is where you need to find the balance between being too humble and being a complete narcissist. Don’t lie about what you’ve done, as employers will probably want proof of outrageous claims. However, don’t try to play down your skills and experiences for the sake of seeming more likable. No one else applying for this position is going to take the humble route. Most employers, in any field of work, want a go-getter.
4. Emphasize service and motivation
Make sure it is clear in your resume that you love what you do, and you are happy to do it. You aren’t afraid to work hard at your profession, because you are motivated by your love of the job. Your future employers need to know that you are ready to serve their company.
5. Layout matters
Unless it was something really important, the experience you list on your resume shouldn’t go back more than a few years. You don’t want to look like you're grasping for straws. List your most relevant skills and recent experience and the top of your resume. If the people viewing your resume don’t like what they see past the first page, they won't consider you. Make sure your resume is organized and easy to read. Organization is an important skill to have in the hospitality world.
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