Hey everyone!! Welcome back to another one of my blogs.
Have you struggled when writing your resume, wondering if its good enough or if you have included the right specifics to land you your dream job? Well...These are my top tips in writing the best resume from my experience working in Human Resources.
Resumes are your gateway to a great role, and in order to get a great role you need a great resume.
When writing an awesome resume, you have to make sure that you are showing off your best qualities and assets. Even if you do not have much experience in the role that you are applying for. Sometimes HR managers are just looking for that someone who has that attention to detail and the willingness to learn on the job.
This is especially true for the hotel industry, not every role requires much previous experience. So if you are looking to move into the hospitality industry and you have never done specifically hotels before, its not the end of the world. We want to build you up and we want you to show us you can and are willing to learn our trade.
The best part about working in Human Resources was finally seeing the other side of interviews and resume screening, so I know exactly what HR managers want to see on a resume.
When I moved into the role, I was surprised at how many applications with the most experience were not always the best and those who never worked in hotels before became our best staff members.
So here are the best tips to writing the best resume. This doesn't just apply to the hotel industry but also any other role.
Tip 1 - Keep it concise
When writing the best resume, make sure that you always keep it to a maximum of two pages. You do not want longer than two pages because the resume should be easy to read and summarises your best attributes and qualities, it is not a book about you! If you have more to say make sure you save it for the interview.
Keep your duties from work short in the form of bullet points. This helps HR managers get a quick idea of what you know and what qualities you gained from previous work roles such as good communication skills, time management and leadership abilities.
Tip 2 - Use a resume template
When you use a resume template you make sure that you are sticking to a proper theme throughout the whole document and stops you straying with different fonts, and going over the top with the design.
The website I used to create my resume is https://www.resume.com/
It is super easy to use and always makes it look professional. You don't have to use an online source though, you can use Word as well. They have plenty of designs to choose from that you can just fill out.
( this is a template from word )
Tip 3 - Customize your resume to be job specific.
For any role you apply for, you need to know what you actually will be required to do on the job. Each job posting that you find will outline the tasks that you will need to be able to do.
For example if you are applying for a food and beverage role in a hotel's fine dining restaurant, they will most likely tell you that your tasks will include working with wine, being able to hold a section and so on.
If you have any relevant work experience make sure that it is one of the first points your resume points out. If you do not have the relevant experience make sure you look at which qualities they are looking for in the job ad ( for example - Positive attitude) and use these keywords in your other jobs you have done, If you actually did them of course.
It is critical that for every job you are applying for you take the time to make sure that your resume reflects the position you want. We can tell if you are sending your resume to multiple businesses, and while it's okay to do so we always want people who are dedicated to our specific corporation, because at the end of the day we want staff retention and loyalty. So making sure to edit your resume job specifically gives you a higher chance of being picked.
Tip 4 - Never lie on your resume
If this is one thing I can tell you when writing a great resume, is to never fabricate your abilities and roles you have done before because we can tell straight away when someone is not telling the truth about their experiences. Even if you manage to get to the interview stage when you have not been truthful on the resume, you will be asked about it in the interview and you will have to apply it actually in the role.
If you lie and say you have done plenty of fine dining restaurant positions or you know a lot about wine, I promise you that if you get hired, a lot more will be expected from you and if you don't reach those expectations you will quickly lose that position without a good referen