If you’re currently in high school, or you are a student, you’ve probably already been a waiter or waitress somewhere, or you’re just looking for one at this moment.

This is one of the most sought-after jobs by young people.

It’s easy enough so anyone can become good at it with a little work, it pays well, and you get to meet new people every day!

No wonder some people are being educated just in this area and want to make it their profession!

Although a lot of open server positions are for new people because they don’t require a lot of previous working experience as a server, don’t let this fool you into thinking it’s easy to get a job.

You still have to go through the selection process, which means you have to send your resume, and it needs to be a good one!

Since these jobs are so sought after, a lot of people will apply, and your resume will have to stand out.

But how to achieve that your resume stands out of the stack of resumes?

Well, we’re here to answer that question for you.

You might not know how many easy to avoid mistakes people usually make when sending their server resumes: from spelling their name wrong to pointing out the completely wrong skills.

In this guide, we will cover everything: what to do and what not to do.

Without further hesitation, let’s see how to create an amazing server resume!

Server Resume Example

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Server Resume Sample

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GUIDE ON WRITING THE PERSONAL INFO SECTION

At the beginning of the resume, you should put relevant information about yourself.

The good news here is that hardly anyone gets something wrong in this part of the resume.

Still, there are some small mistakes you should avoid.

Avoid revealing unnecessary information about yourself, first think about what the recruiter might need to know about you and which contacts would they need if they need to contact you.

For example, no one really needs to know what you post on Instagram if they want to hire you as a server.

On the other hand, the recruiter should be able to see your full professional experiences, with every detail.

That can be found on your LinkedIn profile, so that’s why you should share that in your resume as well.

Let’s take a look at how to fill out every part of the personal information section! We will cover the right and wrong examples of filling out a certain field, so pay attention!

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Full Name

Even though this field is very straight-forward, a popular mistake people make is not taking it seriously.

This is the first thing your possible employer will see when he closely looks at your resume, so write your full name professionally, no nicknames.

No matter how much more awesome your name is with a cool nick, trust us, it’s not worth it not getting a job because of it.

Heather Livingston
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Heather 'cutie pie' Livingston
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Profession

This is where the title of your profession goes, so it’s easy for the recruiter to see what exactly it is that you do.

Depending on how narrow your field of work is, you can put a general or a specific profession.

For example, you can put “Waiter”, or you can put “Cocktail and beverage waiter”.

Photo

It is always a good idea to include a picture of yourself, so the recruiter can add a face to the name.

The best way to go about this is to use a still headshot of yourself (preferably the one where you are dressed nice).

Definitely avoid using a photo of you being with someone, a shirtless photo or a photo with very low resolution. If it’s pixelated, use another one.

Phone Number

This area is sometimes optional, but we advise that you put your phone number in the resume as well so they can call you as well as email you.

Keep in mind that some people don’t check their e-mail regularly and that messages sometimes get marked as spam.

Also, some recruiters prefer communicating via phone because it’s faster and more personal. Just make sure to put a phone number you actually use.

If you accidentally miss a call get back at them as soon as you can. If they call at an inconvenient time, say that you will call them back shortly. At any rate, really try to answer the phone when a possible employer calls you. You want to seem like somebody who is easy to reach.

Address

This field is there, so the employer knows where you’re located. Maybe you will need help with transportation, maybe you will need to move to a different city if they hire you or maybe you live close by which can really be a plus.

This is not one of the most important fields, so don’t put too much thought into it. Simply fill out your current living address.

E-Mail Address

In today’s day and age, your e-mail address is more used than your living address.

The company will probably notify you about everything by e-mail, so write down the one you will actually check regularly (at least once a day).

Don’t use unprofessional e-mail addresses and preferably put one from a trusted source (Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail).

standavidsonserver@gmail.com
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stanthemandavidson@gmail.com
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Social Media Profiles

Your digital ID is your social media. You’ve probably heard that recruiters scan every candidate online before they decide whether they want to hire him or her.

Well, fortunately, or unfortunately for you, that’s the truth. But don’t worry, you don’t have to put any of it except for LinkedIn.

Why is LinkedIn mandatory? Because it’s the longer version of your resume and you can put more of the things you did on there. All of them actually.

Here is our recommendation for social media you should share in your resume:

  • Your LinkedIn profile
  • Your Facebook profile
  • Your Skype ID

GUIDE ON WRITING THE SUMMARY SECTION

In the summary part, the objective is to explain your work and your future ambition in a couple of sentences.

It’s always best to point out how much you’ve worked and what you’ve achieved in that period.

Let’s compare the right and wrong example below:

Summary

A professional server with 6 years of experience of holding 3 plates in one hand. On the lookout for renowned restaurant opportunities where I can maximize guest satisfaction.

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Summary

Over 6 years of experience working in restaurants. I’m currently open to new opportunities.

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As you can see, the right one is less detailed and doesn’t give any context about who you are, what you did, and what you want to do.

The right summary could be applied for anyone (just change the number of years) and that’s always a bad thing. Your summary is just your own.

No one has had exactly the same experience and results as you did, always have that in mind.

So, if the question was to explain your work and motivation in a couple of sentences, what would your answer be? Write it in the summary part.

GUIDE ON WRITING THE EXPERIENCE SECTION

This is the part where you point out all of your previous relevant experience. It’s crucial that you mention only the experiences which are relevant.

For example, there really is no need for the recruiter to know that you were a babysitter in high school if you are applying for a server position. Let’s compare the right and wrong example now:

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Wrong

Notice that in the left example there are many more details?

Not only is the left one better because it shows your experience in reverse chronological order (this is the easiest for the recruiter to skim through), but it also shows what your responsibilities and accomplishments were there.

One important thing to mention is that if you’ve worked somewhere for a short time and things didn’t end well (you got fired), it would be best not to mention that experience at all.

If you do, expect a question about it at the interview, so have a good answer prepared.

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GUIDE ON WRITING THE EDUCATION SECTION

The recruiter will want to know whether you have an educational background in this area.

People who work as servers rarely have an educational background in that area, so if you have it, you will definitely stand out. Even things like courses (online or offline) can leave a very good impression.

Don’t forget the value of certificates either. In this business, they are very valued and even mandatory for some positions.

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If your grades were good while you studied, do point them out. While good grades aren’t really a great indicator of how good of a waiter you will be, they are a great indicator of how disciplined and ambitious you are.

If your field of studies is not connected to the position, just make sure to point out other qualifications you might have for it (certificates, courses, classes, etc.).

This field isn’t one of the most important ones anyway, but nonetheless, expect questions about it at the interview.

Prepare to answer questions regarding your choice of interest in being a server, what you learned during your studies or what your plans for your future education are.

GUIDE ON WRITING THE SKILLS SECTION

Always split this part into different categories. We recommend that you cover:

  • Server skills
  • Other skills
  • Languages

Server skills are the abilities you’ve learned that can make you great at that job. They are narrowly focused on skills that are nice to have as a server.

Other skills are the ones which are generally nice to have, no matter which area of work you’re in. Whatever your company does or which position is available, you always want people who are good team players, right?

Languages should also be mentioned if you have any to mention besides your native language.

As a server, the chances are high that you’ll run into some people who don’t know your native language.

If your native language isn’t English and you know how to speak it, definitely point that out, since it’s the universal language and that guarantees the recruiter that you’ll be able to communicate with international guests.

Skills

Server Skills:

  • Upselling of beverages and cocktails
  • Organizing private and celebration events
  • Knowledge of Point of Sales Systems
  • Table setting
  • Sales techniques
  • Forming close customer relations

Other Skills:

  • MS Office Package
  • Detail oriented
  • Problem-solving
  • Monitoring self-performance

Languages:

  • English – native
  • German – proficient

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Skills

  • Leadership
  • Good team player
  • Attentive listener

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If you put only generic skills (like the ones on the right), it will seem like you don’t have any real skills so you just wrote your soft skills which you might or might not have.

If you were a recruiter, which skills would you like your employee to have in order to be great at that position?

The answer to this question is the same as the answer to the question about which of your skills you should mention.

TIPS & TRICKS

Now that we’ve covered every segment of the resume and you’ve seen examples of how a great resume looks, you are basically ready to create your own amazing resume!

But before that, let’s take a look at some advanced tips & tricks you should apply when going for a server job position:

  • Include these main server skills – Experience in working with Point of Sale Systems, basic math operations, cash handling, work well in a team, conflict handling, good at forming connections with new people, memorization, able to recommend a menu option based on the guest’s preference.
  • Describe your experience with data/numbers – Whenever you can, describe your experience with data instead of words. This is why results are always numeric, they are objective. Instead of saying “improved sales of wine”, say “improve sales of wine by 5%”. The recruiter will appreciate the precision.
  • Keep it at the length of one page – Remember that not everything should be in your resume, only the most important things considering the position you’re applying for. Instead of bombarding your resume with information, use your LinkedIn profile as space where you can put everything.
  • Use the same font – If you are not a designer, don’t try to become one by experimenting with your resume. Nothing is more stressful for the employer than an unattractive resume. Feel free to check out our pre-made resume templates, which look great and are immediately ready to use!
  • If any sentence is too long, cut it or split it – If your bullet points are too long, simply split them, or leave something out. Again, details are good, but not everything should be explained in full detail in your resume. The interview is the part of the selection process where most details are revealed. 

CONCLUSION

We hope that by reading this, you’ve learned something new and that you feel more confident now about applying for that server position.

We truly wish you the best of luck! We can help you nail your selection process by designing your resume in accordance with this guide – simply try our resume builder templates and see that writing a resume can be very enjoyable!

Server Resume: Samples & Complete Guide

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