Jobs and resumes are the most common topic of discussion in all the minds that seek it. Not just freshers, people with two-three years of experience in any field are also in constant search of a hike in salary, better company, and better opportunities. Everything that a person is rewarded with, depends on their resume. The position, wages, benefits, everything is decided by that one piece of paper. Not just for people working in the corporate sector, jobs as much as that of an all-day-long caretaker or a babysitter also need a resume. Being a student of a technical background, we always make it a point to keep our resumes up to date. Why? We will soon get to know. Now as a custom, let us talk a bit about Catering Assistant Resume Examples, Skills, Objectives, Writing Guide.
What Are Resumes
Some people call it the gateway to the job that we love, it is a paper that contains every detail about our life starting from our preschool, to college degrees and higher studies. It is the first thing that is asked for by the recruiter, and everything after that depends on this. All our achievements, certificates, projects, industry and practical experiences everything must be mentioned clearly, with the date and the organization which was a part of it. Most of the job interviews have a one-to-one round exclusively to discuss everything that’s written in the resume. This is the most important reason why mentors and seniors always suggest being as honest as possible with the details given in the resume. Of course, we do not wish to be in a false position just after the initiation of our work right?
Other details also need a lot of attention while framing a professional catering assistant resume. Like how it should be written, the font styles, the background color everything. These might sound not very essential but trust me, no one wants to hear a rejection just because the resume doesn’t look ‘very professional’. Moreover in these pandemic times, when everything including recruitment and placements has shifted to the online mode, the companies usually ask the candidates to send their resumes as an Email attachment. In such cases, the resumes usually reach in the PDF form to the HR, and these details( mentioned above) are the first things which he/she checks even before reading the name on the resume. The importance of everything about the resume is clear, now let’s see how different positions affect the look and description of resumes.
Do different profiles need different types of catering assistant resumes?
Though all the resumes are expected to have a standard look at times, the positions which require a pinch of creativity and design can be made to look a bit more catchy. In such cases, the candidates can even switch to portfolios. These are upgraded versions of resumes, which are either expressed in the form of websites when on the digital platform, or as a complete file when it comes to in-office interviews. But keeping everything aside, technical and analyst jobs call for the usual standard resumes. People looking for jobs which include designing such as UI/UX designer, editor, a fashion designer can go for a portfolio or an apprehensive resume. Someone might wonder, what if someone is looking for the job of a catering assistant at a renowned restaurant or association, what should be their resume like? Well, that’s our topic for the day, where we will discuss A to Z about what should be the content, structure, and pattern of their resumes. There will be screenshots and a detailed outline about everything so for all the seekers, this is your complete guide.
Catering Assistant, that’s an easy job!
First of all, no job is easy or less respectable than the others. Anyone who has this notion has little idea about how much hard work a person has to put, just to be eligible for the job. Coming to the job of catering assistants, their job is the most difficult and at the same time equally important. All these restaurants and cafes that we visit, would have come to a standstill if these people wouldn’t have been there to customize our food habits and come up with a unique menu according to our needs all the time. From arrogant customers to not-so-tasty food, some people face every situation with complete calmness and a constant smile on their face. On the contrary, if some dish is prepared surprisingly well or the customer is contented with the service, the praises go to the owners and the chefs, but these people who work from the frontline are then ignored. So the common question that arises is how do they do it? That’s the professionalism that is expected and people go through years of training to become perfect in it.
Further ahead, we will talk about the skills that are required, what should their ideal resume be like and we will also see some examples to know things better.
Reading the recruiters’ mind
Before blindly proceeding with any restaurant or food chain, the candidates must complete their background checks about the restaurant. Nowadays the system of recruitment has mostly shifted to as I said online mode or in some advanced countries using robots and trackers, there are restaurants which still follow the traditional way. The candidate has to send the resume either in person or as an attachment to an email. The resume is then thoroughly checked by a set of people who belong to a different hierarchy, and each of them needs to send their approval for the same. Once approved, the candidate is then called for a face-to-face interview. There can be multiple interview sessions, so the candidate must be prepared for the same. Here, my previous statement comes into action once again, that resumes should be genuine and understandable. Below are some of the main objectives which will further be explained in detail.
Objectives of the catering assistant resume
The objectives are quite clear:
1. The catering assistant resumes must look professional and appealing, that’s the first point that counts.
We do not want an extremely decorated or flashy resume, but if someone chooses to come up with portfolios then they have a completely different set of rules for designing and application. It should have a structure, detailing should be neat and well-spaced. The font should be standard and the line height and text size should be maintained. Some organizations make it a point to specify how they want the resume to look like, and what are internal details must be a part of it. So candidates must work according to that. There is no harm to have different resumes for different organizations based on each of their needs.
2. After a thorough reading the recruiting team must feel that you’re capable of the job.
While going through the resumes, usually two steps are followed, first is the initial skimming through lines and if the person-in-charge approves it, the resume then passes through the next check which includes a thorough read-through of each detail. Restaurants that fall in the upper-tier group, usually have a group of two-three professionals looking into a single resume. They often jot down certain points which they’ll further use in the face-to-face interviews so again be careful with the detail. (Readers will come through this statement quite a few times since this is necessary. There is no room for false skills or ingenuity. The recruiters are experienced enough to understand the honestly of the candidate just by reading.) Once the hiring team feels that the candidate is suitable for an in-office interview, the candidate gets a call or maybe an email conveying the same.
3. They must find their candidate possesses the required skills.
To know what is to be written in terms of skills is another important decision. Students and candidates can take help from various YouTube playlists and videos instead of just going blind about the description. Every detail must be well explained with a timestamp, i.e., if the person speaks about a practical degree or certification, there should be details to further support it. The candidate must mention the particular course that he/she had taken along with the starting and ending date. Nowadays all courses come with real-life projects to give the students a feel about the real work which they will be able to do with that particular skill. The projects must be uploaded in a public profile, such as GitHub, or can also be deployed in Heroku and the public link of the same must be included in the resume. These help the recruiters to believe the skill details mentioned in the resume. There is no need to mention all the training and courses which the candidate has taken to date. He/she is allowed to choose those which they feel are the most important or will help the most in securing the job. For example, if the candidate has done training on food studies, this will help a lot because management covers almost all the skills and the projects required for a candidate wanting the job of cuisine management, i.e., a catering assistant.
4. The details given in the resume must not appear fake and should not be expressed in a confusing and congested manner. It lowers the impression of the candidate.
Not to bore my readers, but to make it clear that the resume must not include anything that might go against the candidate. In a previous point, I mentioned that the recruiters go through all the detail and jot the points for upcoming interviews. What this means is that the recruiters will counter ask all that is written on that one piece of paper. One can even expect some questions based on the skills mentioned because let’s be honest they not just want skilled people but professional people who have crystal clear expertise about the work they’re doing. On an honest note, it is okay if a person has not done too many courses or certifications. They must know if they’re being summoned for the in-office interviews that means their skills are sufficient. Prepare them well, have a quick revision of the projects and when asked explain every detail neatly. That’s more than sufficient.
5. They should not boast much about themselves as this might make recruiters feel the candidate is self-obsessed.
Resumes come with a section where the candidate is supposed to give a brief description of himself as a whole. This section must contain a summary of the entire educational life of the student and also a mention of his hobbies and likings. Avoid using words such as ‘top scorer’, ‘highest paid’, ‘expert’. The recruiters must decide whether or not you’re an expert or a professional for the work. Talk about how you like to spend your leisure time. Don’t go mentioning only your work-based knowledge because anyway you’re going to fill in the details later on. So be natural and most importantly humble. The English should be understandable and not very complex. We are not applying for the post of a professor, catering assistants are expected to have a standard grip of English and the native language of the place where the restaurant is based. The description should not sound very A-line, or emotionless. The tone should be formal but not rude. These are some small tips to keep in mind.
6. Keep it simple, informative. You are good to go.
For the last objective, I will advise the readers to keep the above points in their minds and pay attention while editing the resumes. The picture that will be attached along with the resume should have a decent look and a formal outfit. The face should be visible with a humble expression. This picture is the first look that the HR team gets of their candidate so the impression should be at the top. That was it for the objectives. Next, we will give some examples and also the specific writing guide to a perfect resume.
Skill requirement for the job of Catering Assistant /Waitress
The primary skills that a catering assistant should have in his/her resume and also should be experienced in it well include formal speaking, communication, food studies, client management, and fluency in at least three languages. These languages must include the common language of the place, English, and any other formal language. They should be well trained to be polite and calm at all times. The rest of the detail will be mentioned in the next heading.
Writing guide for the ideal resume
Below are the points which should be followed well to form the best resume.
The resume should be divided into the following subcategories:
1. The initial header.
2. The personal description
3. The institutional section
4. The work experience section
5. Personal skill and certification section
Let us explain the points further.
1. The initial header
The header should be attractive and should be able to catch the attention of the recruiter. It is the first line of details and there is a particular order which the candidates should follow while editing. Beginning with the name, followed by a small detail about the current designation. The designation should not be very long because that’s a negative point. In the next line should be the contact information like phone number and email ID. It is always advisable to provide an alternative email as well as an alternative contact number so that there is no issue while trying to reach out to the candidates. Here is an example,
(Senior Catering Assistant at Radisson Blue Resorts)
2. The personal description
Personal information as said earlier should be formal, subtle, and humble. It should be crisp and short but should fulfill the work, which is to give a brief idea about the person whose detail we are going to read further. This is the only place where the candidate gets to use their writing skills and it should be done with utmost sincerity. Here’s an example of how the candidate can proceed with the description,
“A management enthusiast with two years certified training in Hotel Management and a Food Studies aspiring to work for the community. Apart from my professional background my hobbies include music and exploring different topics and researching on regional food.”
For experienced candidates,
“A well-versed catering assistant at Radisson Blue Associations, serving for the 5th year. Always attentive and ready at service for my clients. Experienced with managing 200+ members in single dining. Eager to provide a sacrificing service at all times.”
The students can take help from the above example and modify their content in their way.
3. The institutional section
This section must contain detail about the candidates’ education starting from junior school to higher secondary ending with the highest university or college degree. Each detail should be in separate lines with proper spacing and indentation. The starting dates and ending dates should be mentioned. The last line should have the percentage that the candidate secured in the particular board examination or otherwise the school-leaving examination. Coming to the college detail, the candidate must include the college name in the first line, followed by the time stamp in the next line. If some student is applying for a part-time job or an internship, then they’re likely to be in colleges to date. In such cases, the timestamp can be written as,
Present indicates that the student is still in college, and hence the certification or degree is yet to be obtained. For these students, they must mention their latest GPA in the next line. For the rest, they must mention the last GPA before passing out of college, and finally in the next line should paste the link of the degree which has been uploaded in GitHub. Here is an example,
Texas Institute of Food Studies and Development
Bachelor’s of Food Studies (2016-2019)
GPA – 9.5
Riverdale Higher Secondary School
Higher Secondary Examination (2014-2016)
Percentage – 88%
John Green School of Technical Education
Secondary Examination (2002-2014)
Percentage – 92%
4. The work experience section
This section is to contain the internship or other part-time work detail that the student has done to date. Often students get involved in different clubs and societies and participate in workshops and other cultural work. These details can also be included in the section. Also, if someone is the Lead or Coordinator of some department it can be included here. Here is the order in which things are to be mentioned,
The latest part-time job/internship
The internship that was done before that
The society/club workshops
The Leadership of Departments
This is the basic structure that is to be followed, the dots above mean that the internship detail must be written in descending order, starting with the latest going up to the first one.
5. Personal skill and certification section
This section is all about the candidates’ achievements, certifications, and other skills that he wishes to include. It must also include the proficiency levels that the candidate has for different languages, it is very important. Communication is the primary skill for this job and hence the candidate must mention his level in at least three languages, the native language, English, and any other alternative language. Apart from this the certifications, project links, and awards must also be included in this section. Here is an example,
Communication and Understanding – 87%
English – 95%
French – 90%
Spanish – Native
Certifications and Courses:
Food Studies (5 months)
Tropical Food Development (3 months)
Here is an example of a complete resume to further assist you in your way to success:
A well-versed catering assistant at Radisson Blue Association, serving for the 5th year. Always attentive and ready at service for my clients. Experienced with managing 200+ members in single dining. Eager to provide a sacrificing service at all times
Hobbies: Painting, Reading, Creating music
★★★★★ Food Understanding
★★★★★ Excellent Work Ethic
★★★★☆ Research and Development
★★★★☆ Advanced Communication Skills
★★★★★ Teamwork Skills
★★★★★ Excellent Customer Service Skills
* April 2019 – December 2019
Junior Caterer at Radisson Blue Resorts, Goa
Part of the training and development program and also a prime member of the junior team. Expertise in the field of customer management, relationship management, and ambiance maintenance.
* June 2021 – Present
Catering Head at Taj Bengal Restaurant, Kolkata
Head of the Department, in charge of maintaining the decorum and proceedings of the three restaurant departments.
* April 2003 – April 2017
Assembly of God Church School, Asansol 10th Board Examination
Passed the ICSE board examinations with 95.33% in the Pure Science stream.
* April 2017 – April 2019
Ashok Hall HS School, Kolkata 12th Board Examination
Passed the 12th Board Examination with a 93.20% in the Pure Science stream.
* June 2019 – Present
IIHM, Kolkata Bachelor’s in Food Studies and Development
Pursuing a Bachelor’s in Hotel Management with my current semester GPA being 9.25.
* October 2020 – December 2020
Trainee at ITC Royal Bengal, Kolkata
Team member of the junior team of the restaurant
* January 2021 – April 2021
Catering Internship at Hyatt Regency, Kolkata
Professionalized the art of customer emotion management and serving etiquette.
* Creating Music
A little about the Automatic Tracking System
The tracking system is a modern technology used to sort resumes based on certain terms and keywords which the robot searches for in the resumes. This technique is quicker because the restaurants and organizations usually get hundreds of applications and ATS just helps to lower the bulk, yet it is not justified. If the specified terms are not included in the resume, the robot simply rejects it. There is no way of it going through a manual check or reconsideration so many times deserving candidates often lose out because of it.
Make it a point to thoroughly check and go through the websites which help in collecting the phrases and keywords and later optimize your resume accordingly to avoid unwanted rejections.
Conclusion and Final Tips
We have covered all the detail regarding the writing skills and objectives. Keeping these in mind the students can form the ideal resumes easily. My last tip would be to not take examples from too many resumes as the format might appear confusing. However, YouTube tutorials will help with the last-minute touches. That’s it for today. May your resume win the title of ‘Best Resume’. Good luck!