Like a CV for any other job, a strong waitress CV can help put you ahead of other applicants and get you the call for an interview. Your waitress CV is a quick summary of your career and your career goals, and is what a potential employer will look at to determine whether you might be the right one for the job.
As someone familiar with service-based work, you probably know the importance of appearance. You greet customers with a smile and perform the duties of serving with a positive and professional attitude. The same goes for your CV It should be neat and organised, and be easy to read. You don't want it to look like a page out of a wordy textbook. Organise your CV into sections with bold headlines, such as "Objective," "Education" and "Experience." Use bullet points to easily organise the information under each job you put under "Experience." Also, leave out jobs that you had for a very short time, such as a month, unless it was a temp job or internship or you gained a specific, valuable skill you didn't get somewhere else. You don't want employers wondering why you were only working at a certain restaurant for a month, as it may make you appear to be unreliable.
At the top of your CV, under your name and contact information, write some of your objectives as a waitress. This lets the employer know why you're turning in a CV to them. For example, mention that you hope to obtain employment as a waitress at a high-quality restaurant where you can grow and improve in your serving skills. You can also mention some of your career goals and how you hope to serve others. Again, be specific and don't simply say, "Provide good service." Keep this section short (just two to four lines).
Highlight important things
An employer is going to see a lot of CVs, so you want to make sure yours highlights what makes you stand out from other potential employees. When describing your previous serving experience, be specific and get creative. Don't simply say, "Served food to patrons." Remember that employers know what duties a server typically does. They want to see what you did to go the extra mile. So say, for instance, "Served food right when it was ready, and checked with the patrons to make sure it was the right temperature." Don't lie or exaggerate your skills, but be sure to point out what makes you stand out from the rest, such as mentioning that you routinely helped your co-workers clean their tables, you picked up shifts when an employee was sick and you worked on busy holidays to help the restaurant out.