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A fully updated ATS-friendly waitress CV example using Garamond font, font shadows and a neat border.
***Updated for 2019*** : This CV template was originally published on 11th February 2016.
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How to make your waitress CV template stand out from the crowd
So you’ve found your perfect CV template and inserted all your work experience and qualifications – what now? With these simple tricks, you can ensure your CV spends more time in the hands of your prospective recruiter.
Here’s how to make your CV template stand out from the crowd:
1. Write a snappy personal statement
Your personal statement should be written in the first person. For example:
I am an experienced Waitress
Ellie Jobes is an experienced Waitress
A personal statement should always aim to state the following:
- Who you are
- What you have to offer
- What you are looking for
Your recruiter will undoubtedly have a pile of CVs to work through, so make this statement short and to the point. 3-4 lines are the typical length for a personal statement.
Look carefully at the job description and focus on what the recruiter is looking for. However, don’t leave out any unique selling points that will make you stand out.
Find out more: How to write a personal statement: 10 things to put in yours
If the job specification’s a little light on detail (as many waiter and waitress job adverts are), try looking at job profiles in your industry for ideas. This will guide you towards the skills and experience that employers are looking for.
- Waiter/Waitress job profile – National Careers Service
- The Ultimate List of Waitress Duties and Responsibilities
2. Include your achievements
So many job applicants simply write about where they have worked and what qualifications they have. With countless applicants for every job vacancy, you really need to find a way to set yourself apart from the others.
If you have past achievements, such as introducing a new idea in your past role with success, or achieving a particular target, say so! These tell the recruiter that you can deliver.
- Did you average an impressive amount of tips?
- Did you train and/or supervise junior members of staff?
- Did you have impressive upsell levels (starters, desserts, coffees etc)?
Your performance needs to stand out throughout your CV, so the employer can see your proven track record. If you simply list all the tasks you’ve ever completed for each job, you are not giving much away.
If you’re able to list the right skills AND show that you can perform to a high standard, you are going to get noticed. The employer is well aware of how many applications will drop into their inbox that matches the job description. So you need to set yourself apart from the other applicants and demonstrate that you are a very capable person.
3. Pay attention to your covering letter
It’s all well and good having the perfect CV, but the first piece of paper your recruiter sees is the covering letter. So put just as much effort into getting this right if you want to really impress.
Your cover letter is not unlike your personal statement, but with a little more detail. Above all, it should spell out exactly how you meet the requirements of the role (as set out in the job advert). Or, if you don’t, exactly why you think you can do this job regardless. Click here to view a guide on writing the perfect cover letter.
Don’t ever underestimate the impact a well written cover letter can have on your chances of success. Lots of other candidates will not bother to write one, so you are already one step ahead.
You may also like our waiter CV example (with CV writing guide).
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