Top tips on creating a great CV: cooks and chefs, kitchen porters and catering assistants, waiters and bar staff

The top ingredient for great catering jobs: first produce a great CV. Why? Because it will help agencies to quickly understand what jobs you want, your experience and skills.
Also, a professional-looking CV suggests that you are well-organised and have taken some care to prepare yourself for work. It reflects on your attitude
First Call Employment sees hundreds of CVs each month. The agency has catering and hospitality jobs and staff for the full range of venues and services: contract caterers and canteens, schools and nursing homes, hotels, pubs and clubs, bars and restaurants.
Here are First Call’s top tips for CVs:-
1.    Choose a typeface that looks professional and is easy to read, such as Arial, Calibri or Times New Roman. Not an unusual one, which may be harder to read
2.    Your CV should be an absolute maximum of three pages in length, but preferably two, with a nice simple format
3.    Make sure your CV is comprehensive, whilst being concise. Most importantly it should be accurate and open to questions at interview
4.    Do not include a photo within the CV itself. But have a high-resolution image available to send
5.    Structure your CV into the following sections:-
a.    Your personal details (name, contact details)
b.    The job you want and your current work (job, employer and address) and availability (how much notice you will have to give, if any)
c.    Specific skills & strengths – Tailor these to the role you are applying for
d.    Qualifications
e.    Employment history:
                          i.    Start with your most recent employment working backwards to your oldest
                         ii.    Provide as a minimum the name of the company, the exact dates worked from and to, your position or job title, main responsibilities as well as major achievements
                        iii.    Do not leave any gaps in your employment history, or explain the reason for any gaps
f.     Education
g.    References – It is perfectly acceptable not to include references and to state “available upon request”. If you can, ask your current or former employers if they would be prepared to help
6.    Once finished, check it by reading through carefully; look out for spelling mistakes and other errors. Then ask a friend or family member to read it through and check again
7.    Make sure your CV is completely up to date, do not send a CV which does not include your latest employment details
For further information:
Tel: 0871 873 3393
Fax: 0871 873 3394
First Call Employment Ltd, 
Suite 1, Broadway Chambers
High Road, 
Pitsea, Essex,

Published on by Kevin Kroese.