Job Resume Helper & Career
Before you can begin to design your resume on paper, you need
to have the right words. Use the following writing process to help
you clarify your experience, accomplishments, skills, education,
and other background information, which will make the job of condensing
your life onto a sheet of paper a little easier. With a well written,
concise resume your career search will be much easier and more
Stage One: Focus
Do a comprehensive career search to decide what type of chef job
you will be applying for and then write it at the top of a piece
of paper. This can become your objective statement, should you
decide to use one, or be used in the first line of the profile
section of your resume to give your reader a general idea of your
area of expertise.Never write an objective statement that is not
precise. Objectives are not required on a resume, and often the
cover letter is the best place to personalize your objective for
each job opening.
Stage Two: Education
Under the objective on the first piece of paper, list any education
or training that might relate to your career search. If you are
a recent college graduate and have little relevant experience,
then your education section will be placed at the top of your resume.
As you gain more experience, your education almost always gravitates
to the bottom. If you participated in college activities or received
any honors or completed any notable projects that relate directly
to your target job, this is the place to list them.
Stage Three: Job Descriptions
Click here for: Descriptions
of Chef Jobs
Stage Four: Keywords
In today's world of emailed and scannable resumes, make sure you
know the buzzwords of the hospitality industry and incorporate
them into the sentences you are about to write. Keywords are the
nouns or short phrases that describe your experience and education
that might be used to find your resume in a keyword search of a
resume database. They are the essential knowledge, abilities, and
skills required to do your job. Even well-known company names (Hyatt,
Westin) and colleges are sometimes used as keywords.
Stage Five: Your Jobs
Starting with your present position, list the title of every job
you have held on a separate sheet of paper, along with the name
of the company, the city and state, and the years you worked there.
You don't need to list addresses and zip codes, although you will
need to know that information when it comes time to fill out an
application.You can list years only (1996-present) or months and
years (May 1996- present), depending on your personality.
Stage Six: Duties
Under each job, make a list of your duties, incorporating phrases
from the job descriptions wherever they apply. You don't have to
worry about making great sentences yet or narrowing down your list.
Stage Seven: Accomplishments
When you are finished, go back to each job and think about what
you might have done above and beyond the call of duty. What did
you contribute to each of your jobs? Write down any accomplishments
that show potential employers what you have done in the past, which
translates into what you might be able to do for them. Quantify
whenever possible - numbers are always impressive. Remember, you
are trying to motivate the potential employer to buy . . . you!
Convince your reader that you will be able to generate a significant
return on their investment in you.
Stage Eight: Delete
Now that you have the words on paper, go back to each list and
think about which items are relevant to your target job. Cross
out those things that don't relate, including entire jobs (like
stocking shelves back in high school if you are now a professional
chef with ten years of experience). Remember, your resume is just
an enticer, a way to get your foot in the door. It isn't intended
to be all-inclusive. You can choose to go back only as far as your
jobs relate to your present objective.
Stage Nine: Sentences
Make sentences of the duties you have
listed under each job, combining related items to avoid short,
choppy phrases. Never use personal
pronouns in your resume (I, my, me). Instead of saying, "I
planned, organized, and directed the timely and accurate production
of code products with estimated annual revenues of $1 million," say, "Planned,
organized, and directed. . . ." Writing in the third person
makes your sentences more powerful and attention grabbing. Make
your sentences positive, brief, and accurate.
Stage Ten: Rearrange
Go back to the sentences you have written and think about their
order of presentation. Put a number 1 by the most important description
of what you did for each job. Then place a number 2 by the next
most important duty or accomplishment, and so on until you have
numbered each sentence. Again, think logically and from the perspective
of a potential employer. Keep related items together so the reader
doesn't jump from one concept to another. Make the thoughts flow
Stage Eleven: Related Qualifications
At the bottom of your resume, think about anything else that might
qualify you for your job objective. This includes licenses, certifications,
affiliations, and sometimes even interests if they truly relate.
For instance, if you want a job in sports marketing, stating on
your resume that you play tennis or are a triathlete would be an
Stage Twelve: Profile
Last but not least, write four or five sentences that give an
overview of your qualifications. This profile, or qualifications
summary, should be placed at the beginning of your resume. You
can include some of your personal traits or special skills that
might have been difficult to get across in your job descriptions.
This profile section must be relevant to the type of job for which
you are applying. Write this profile from the perspective of a
potential employer. What will convince this person to call you
instead of someone else?