A restaurant manager lands a job, or lose it, by the time the employer finishes reading their resume objective.
To understand how to properly write a resume a restaurant management candidate needs to understand how why the restaurant has posted the job. Most management jobs can be completed by administrators at a fraction of the cost.
A manager can do the deal with the daily administrative tasks, and has critical thinking skills, as well as being able to avoid and prevent problems. What problem is the restaurant dealing with? Can you solve that problem?
#1 Have an objective
Don’t worry if your objective is different than what the employer is looking for. It is better to have the wrong objective than to have no objective.
#2 Put the employers needs first
The employer really doesn’t see you as a person at this point. The employer is not concerned with your goals to advance your career. In fact, your career goals means that your loyalty is to your career, not to the restaurant.
#3 Highlight your top two or thee strengths.
The first thin the reader sees should be your strength. Use keywords from the job ad in your objective.
What a Management Resume Tells Prospective Employers
The restaurant industry has some standard needs from managers. The main skill is the ability to promote a positive working environment. High social and emotional intelligence and excellent coaching skills.
When writing an objective, you cannot avoid demonstrating that you have the necessary experience to do the job, but be careful how you communicate your skills. How you explain yourself reveals your core beliefs and what you feel are the important skills.
When you hire someone to write a resume the tendency is for them to write what they feel is a good resume. That is why it is important to work with a recruiter. A good hospitality recruitment firm can help shape your resume, focusing on the elements that are most important to restaurant companies.
Another way to look at the resume objective is to see it as your elevator speech. It may be the only impression you get to make. Some employers receive thousands of resumes. After a while fatigue diminishes the time and effort they put into vetting potential candidates.
This is why the hospitality industry depends on recruitment firms. This can make it more difficult to stand out. Hospitality recruitment firms have hundreds of resumes from qualified candidates in their files.
Resume Skills or Task Objectives
Most resumes focus on one of three things: skills, tasks, interpersonal skills. Each employer subconsciously values one of these above the other. You can see this in their marketing material, mission statement, and the way they communicate.
The objective needs to match the employer’s communication style, what they feel is important, what they need, and what is the solution to their problem.
The management job includes the following set of responsibilities:
- Strategic Business planning
- Managing a team and analyzing their performance
- Critical thinking
- Forecasting, scheduling and planning
- Marketing and sales strategy
- Project analysis, design and development
Skills that need to appear in your objective:
- Good Communication skills
- Computer skills
- Analytical, logical and mathematical skill
- Management and organizational skill
- Team management and problem-solving abilities
A skills-based resume objective focuses on experience, successes, achievements.
Company improvement objective focuses on loyalty, decision making, planning, and working to increase profits and decrease employee turnover, wasted time, and wasted resources.
A Team Leader objective focuses on coaching, interpersonal skills, and communication.
Mistakes Restaurant Management Candidates Make When Writing The Objective
What is a resume objective suppose to say?? It is a short blurb telling the hiring manager what knowledge, experience, and sjkills will help the company achieve it’s goals.
What a resume objective should not say. It should not tell the hiring manager what you want, or how this job will help your own career.
1. Work Experience: The first sentence should outline your qualifications, experience, and duties.
2. Skill Set: The second sentence needs to explain why you are a strong candidate for the job posted, specifically. This sentence must be 100% relevant to the job posting you are applying for.
3. Education: What degree, certificate, and licenses have you earned that are relevant to the job posting.
Be careful! Some management candidates tend to try and put everything into their objective. This creates a risk. The hiring manager might think ‘how is that relevant to this job?’