Waiter job description for a resume

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Waiter job description for a resume
Describing your waiting job on your resume should detail the strong points of your position. (waitress 2 image by Andrey Kiselev from Fotolia.com)

Your job description as a waiter on your resume tells your prospective employer what your job entailed. Job descriptions for waiters can vary depending on the type of restaurant they worked in. For example, working for a chain restaurant may have given you generic experience of working in a restaurant, while working at a high-scale or family-owned restaurant will give you different experiences. Many different points in a waiter's resume should be highlighted.

What to Include

The name of the restaurant, bar or club that you worked at and the location should be included in your resume. Also, the duration of your employment should be noted on your resume. The title of your position should be listed under the name and location of the restaurant, but above the job description.

You can format the description in a number of ways, from writing it in paragraph form to using bullets to outline your position.

Highlighting Strong Points

Some waiters believe that a few short sentences can sum up their position. However, if you think about the intricacies of being a waiter, you will realise that your job description can be quite extensive. Highlight the most important aspects of your job, which may include acting as a liaison between the guest and the kitchen, being a sales associate by pushing dinner, lunch and drink specials, and being a problem solver/mediator when a meal doesn't come out as the guest had requested.

Acting as a Liaison

When a guest orders food, he gives you details as to how he would like it prepared. Many waiters write these details down. You must then communicate these details effectively to the kitchen. This gives you practice in written and oral communication skills. Pointing this out in your job description on your resume will show that you pay attention and take pride in detailing guests' orders, giving them a good experience in hopes that they'll be a repeat customer.

Sales Associate

In many restaurants, specials are decided by local management or corporate personnel before shifts start. It is then your job, as a server, to push these specials to guests. You use your words, behaviour and knowledge of the product in order to sell it. Selling this point on your resume will show that you have the ability to intrigue guests and know how to sell food products. This skill can come in handy at any restaurant position, whether you're the hostess or the general manager, as well as any sales position in general.

Problem Solver

Think of how you solve problems. From having a steak recooked to meet the customer's needs, to providing clean silverware and topping off drinks during the meal, you are constantly working on solutions during your shift. Be sure to include this in your description as a waiter. This particular aspect of your position can be pivotal in many jobs, not just waiting on tables. Therefore, if you are looking to make a career change with this resume, this skill will translate into many fields, including management, marketing, customer service and sales.

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