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CV for fast food jobs : Word CV template

This smart CV template is the perfect choice for café, restaurant, coffee shop & other food service roles, whether customer service or waiter/waitress. The stylish design helps your application to stand out.

Core sections of your CV

Each of the core sections mentioned above will be considered in turn.

Personal details

CV format - photo

The standard CV format will start with your personal details at the top. Here is what you would usually expect to see:

Name

Your name should be in a larger font than the rest of the CV so it stands out. After all, this is your chance to market yourself! If the employer can clearly see who they are reading about, it will help to keep your name fresh in their mind.

Middle names are optional, and you obviously need to avoid any nicknames like Mike 'Speedy' Smith. Always keep the format of your CV professional, and remember that you have no clue who will be reading it and how they will perceive any informalities.

Title is optional (Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms) and rarely used.

Professional letters (such as those denoting degrees) should be included if relevant to the role.

Contact details

Include a phone number and email address - however, for obvious reasons don't put down your current work contact details. Also, it is good idea to create a new e-mail address specifically for your CV to ensure it looks professional.

For example:

'jennifer.lounds@gmail.com'

...looks far more professional than:

'loundsyjay888@gmail.com'

Creating a new e-mail specifically for your CV will also make it easier to spot any messages. Can you imagine if you received an e-mail requesting an interview and it went into your junk folder along with a million others and you missed it? If you're worried about checking two email accounts, set up forwarding from one account to the other. You can then log into your professional email account to reply.

It's essential to put a phone number on your CV that you know you will be able to either answer immediately, or at the very least reply to very quickly. Don't forget to also remove any jokey answer machine message.

If you are worried about answering the call whilst you are at work, you could state some times on your CV when you are available.

Finally, most people include their address. Few UK employers send out interview invites by post these days, but it's good to include an address just in case.

Marital status and family (optional - not recommended)

CV format - large family

Talking about your family on your CV may lead an employer to wonder if you struggle with family commitments - even if there is no actual cause for concern.

These details do not have to be included on your CV; however you may decide that it would benefit how the employer will perceive you. For example, if you are working with children, being a family man/woman may help establish that you are comfortable around them. But it really depends on the role you're applying for and the organisation you're applying to.

Remember, giving details about marital status and family is completely optional and it's best to leave these out if you have any doubts. Only include them if you're entirely confident that including these details will benefit you.

The employer cannot make a decision on whether to hire you or not from this information as per the Equality Act. However, be aware that some UK employers may discriminate 'behind closed doors' and you will have no way of knowing if this is why you didn't get an interview.

Date of birth (optional - not recommended)

Similar to your marital status and family life, your date of birth is not compulsory for a CV. You cannot be discriminated against based on age when employers are making the decision to hire you or not.

Again, deciding whether or not to include your date of birth comes down to personal choice and your potential knowledge of the industry. If you are worried that your age may put off an employer from requesting an interview (too young or too old), then don't put it down.

UK employers should not filter candidates for an interview based on age, gender or such other protected characteristics. However, it's impossible to know whether good practice has been adhered to or not. It is therefore better not to take the risk.

Nationality (optional - not recommended)

Your nationality is of no concern to the employer and doesn't need to be stated unless it is 100% relevant to the role. An example of where nationality could be relevant is for a translator or language teacher role. The same legislation above also prohibits discrimination on the grounds of nationality or race.

Additional information

You may need to provide additional information depending on the job you are applying for. It could be a driving job, so stating that you have a full UK driving licence will show you are already ticking that box.

Another great example is if you are applying for a computer or website based role. For such roles, you would use this section to showcase your talents with links to website or ventures you've created yourself.

Photo

There are mixed opinions about whether it is a positive or negative to include a photo on your CV. Certainly, if appearance is important to your job, it makes sense to include a professional headshot. For more considerations of the pros and cons, read our article 'Should I include a CV photo?'

Personal statement (3 - 4 lines)

Sometimes the personal statement is known by other names such as 'objective', 'profile', 'career goal' or 'introduction'.

This is one of the most important parts of your CV as it's essentially the crux of your job application. A good statement can increase your chances of the employer noticing your CV. On the flipside, a poorly written statement will lower the chances of them wanting to know more.

It should set out:

(a) who you are;

(b) how you meet the job spec; and

(c) what you are looking for.

Here is an example of a good personal statement:

Accountant personal statement or personal profile

Here is another example:

Admin personal profile or statement

And one more...

Business analyst personal statement or personal profile

When you're writing your personal statement, focus on the job specification and pick out the most important points the employer is looking for.

Work experience

Voluntary work experience

If you're short of work experience, consider volunteering.

As noted above, work experience (or 'employment history') is most commonly listed in reverse chronological order (with the most recent position first). It's fine to include part time and voluntary roles in this section.

When listing your work experience, a typical CV format to use is:

  • Job title
  • Months/years that you have held the position
  • Company name.
  • Some people include the location - this is optional but more important if there is some relevance in the location (for example, if the Company has multiple branches).

Here is an example of the structure to use:

Office Manager (job title) - Jan 2013 - March 2016
Bricks & Mortar (company name)

(Insert a brief description of what the company does)

My responsibilities included:

(Bullet point list)

Achievements included:

(Name or list one or two key achievements)

Highlight relevant work experience

Remember to highlight parts of your work history that are relevant to the role/industry you are now applying for. There is no need to create a huge list of tasks and responsibilities under each role if they will not make an impact on this new position.

For example, if you are applying for a sales job and you have some sales experience, this is a great opportunity to highlight these roles and present some fantastic results. Were you the top salesman for three consecutive months? Make sure you highlight this.

For more on work experience, particularly when you don't have much to list, read our article 'Building your work experience'.

"Using bullet points can help to give your CV more impact, especially if combined with ‘Action Verbs’ such as achieved, accelerated, accomplished, completed, improved, delivered, enhanced, finished, negotiated, obtained, produced, secured, increased, doubled or implemented." ~ Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine

Qualifications (highest level to lowest level)

This section is quite self explanatory, but it's worth noting that you can again consider what is the most important and relevant to the role you are applying for. You may wish to exclude lower level or irrelevant qualifications.

Don't forget to also show what grade you achieved IF this would enhance the qualification.

The typical format for higher level qualifications is to give the qualification and institution where you studied - for example:

BSc Computer Science (Upper second class honours) - Jan 2013 - March 2016
University of Liverpool

For lower level qualifications, such as GCSEs and A Levels, it isn't absolutely necessary to name your school or college. You certainly do not need to name earlier schools.

There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work than follow your passions – in a way that serves the world and you.
~ Sir Richard Branson

Skills

CV format - skills

Skills should be either directly relevant to the role, or useful to your employer.

When creating a skills section for your CV:

  • Present skills as a list
  • Divide hard skills (i.e. typing) from soft skills (i.e. communication)
  • Avoid fluff, i.e. 'I work well in a team'. Try to give real examples instead.
  • Focus initially on key skills mentioned in the job advert.
  • Do also mention any skills that, whilst not directly relevant to the job, could be beneficial to your employer. For example, most legal organisations would value the ability to write legal blog posts.
  • Think about what skills you've acquired from your past work experience and how they can be used in the new role.
  • Consider ways of presenting the list to make it more readable - for example, two columns with hard skills on one side and soft skills on the other.

Focus primarily on skills that are either directly related to the role or are transferable - like computer skills, spreadsheets, databases, bookkeeping etc.

You may find our list of hard skills helpful.

Interests and hobbies

CV format - interests

Listing sports or fitness activities amongst your interests tells your employer that you take an interest in your health=fewer sick days!

When writing your hobbies and interests section:

  • List 3 - 5 hobbies
  • Emphasise any health-enhancing activity (sports, fitness etc)
  • Choose hobbies that put you in a good light from an employer's perspective
  • Avoid overly quirky hobbies - save these for when your new colleagues have got to know you better!

Although this section may seem quite insignificant, you'd be surprised at how often a recruiter looks at this section with a keen eye. This is one of the best areas of a CV for an employer to get an idea of your personality.

For example, you may enjoy volunteering at the local woodland park at the weekend. This would give employers a sense that you are someone who is helpful and generous. It also suggests you like to work hard without expecting a huge reward other than job satisfaction. You can also use hobbies to demonstrate soft skills such as teamwork and communication.

You can see how important this section can be when the employer is trying to build up a picture of what you are like in their mind. Whilst mundane hobbies won't usually harm your chances of an interview, desirable hobbies and interests may help.

What to avoid:

You must avoid stating these kinds of hobbies:

I like socialising on the weekend

This basically means you like to get drunk on Saturday night!

I like hanging out with my friends

It might be true, but it doesn't sound very interesting!

For more on preparing the interests and hobbies section, read our article 'Does the hobbies and interests section of my CV really matter?'

References

  • Give two references - one should be your most recent employer and the other should be a personal reference (ideally a professional person, and not a family member)
  • If you don't want to give your most recent employer just yet, write 'References available on request'.

You may have a fantastic long list of references from past managers and supervisors. No doubt every one of them would provide you with a glowing recommendation. However, you need to narrow it down to the people who would make the greatest impact on the new employer.

For more information on how to create an amazing reference section, read our article 'Choosing the right CV references - what to include'.

Additional CV sections

Other sections you might want to include in your CV (depending on relevance) are:

  • Achievements
  • Awards (relevant to the role)
  • Memberships (relevant to the role)
  • Publications that you've contributed to (relevant to the role)
  • Endorsements

Achievements

Include achievements either within your work history, in a separate section or a combination of both. They can also be dotted around your CV where there is space (although take care not to clutter the layout). In this example two-page template, you can see how achievements work well in their own section:

Operations Manager CV format - page 1

Operations manager CV format - page 2
The above free CV format can be downloaded here.

Awards

If you've received an award that's relevant to your role, go right ahead and boast about it! Awards help build your credibility and demonstrate your achievements They are a third-party endorsement and they can therefore give your CV a valuable boost.

Memberships

Being a member of a professional body shows that you're interested in the industry and involved with its development. It can also help to demonstrate that you're staying up-to-date with industry developments. You'll see that we recommend various professional bodies in our featured careers sections (links above).

Publications

Whether you're a regular contributor to your company blog or you've penned something for an industry mag, now's the time to brag about it. A publications section can demonstrate you're interested and actively involved in your target industry. It demonstrates to the employer that you have knowledge, passion and great written communication skills.

Endorsements

Endorsements don't need their own heading - they can go wherever there is space. Alternatively you can add them underneath your references. They are a brief testimonial which may come from your references or from some other credible person. Like awards, they are third-party proof that you're a worthy candidate. A strong endorsement can give your CV a valuable boost.

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