Restaurant managers can receive up to a few hundred
resumes for the same position. With their high turnover rates and demanding
schedules, it is imperative a manager fills his open position with a good
candidate. While there is no “perfect” definition of a resume, there are things
to look for in an ideal candidate that can be showcased on his or her resume.
Look for a Candidate Who Sells
Resumes are like auditions, which means a job candidate
only has a few seconds to sell the manager on his or her skills. Look for
resumes that stand out to you and that are short, concise and to the point.
Read the summaries and see where the potential candidate has worked before, his
short and long-term goals (if listed) and most importantly, why he’s applying
for your open position rather than just any open position.
Candidates who put your company’s name in the resume show
they’re really interested in working for you and only you. Do a quick scan of
the resumes and if they don’t appeal, move on to the next.
Find Resumes That Use Appropriate Formats
You can tell a lot about a candidate’s attention to
detail and skill by reviewing how they’ve put together their resume. A quality
resume is one that is:
· Concise -- no more than one to two pages.
· Free of grammatical or spelling errors.
· Using the appropriate contact information, including full name, address and an appropriate email address.
· Using the appropriate size 10 to 12 point font.
Following the directions in your job posting
exactly. If you requested a cover letter or copies of certificates in the
posting, make sure the candidates who have applied followed directions.
Search for Specific Keywords
There are qualities and experiences you’re looking for in
your idea candidate. Scan your resumes for these keywords to pick out the
candidates that meet your requirements. For example, if you’re filling a line
cook position and you want a candidate with garde manger experience, scan
resumes for garde manger. Resume software like Recruiter Box allows you to
scan-in or upload digital resumes and then search candidate resumes using
targeted keywords. You can also use the search features to find a particular
culinary school or restaurant listed in the resume’s text.
Organize Your Resumes
It’s likely you’ll receive a lot of resumes for the same
position. While you cannot hire every candidate, there may be a few that you
would like to consider for future openings. Use a software like Recruiter Box
to scan or upload all of the resumes you have received. Then organize those
resumes by candidates you’re interested in for future positions and candidates
that you won’t contact for future openings.
Organizing resumes can also help you prepare for the
interview. By using a resume software you can quickly reread and locate a
particular candidate’s resume so that you refresh your memory of his skills and
experiences right before the interview.
Selecting a candidate for your open positions can be
easier with the assistance of a resume sorting software. These software
programs offer organizational tools, help you track the status of an
applicant’s progress, and even allow for open collaboration during the
recruitment process so that all restaurant team members can be involved in the