Before Posting Your Resume Online…

Do you really want your resume hanging out like a Peking Duck in the sun?

Posting your resume online sometimes means giving up more control over your personal and professional information than you may have thought. Before posting your resume online, here are a few things you should think about and/or do in order to protect yourself and your job if you are currently employed. Continue reading “Before Posting Your Resume Online…”

The Details – Your Email Address

The restaurant recruiters, managers and owners you send your information to are forming an image and opinion from everything they see about you, from the content, spelling and grammar in your cover letter and resume, to the email address you use to send it.

If you send your resume from something like,“, ““, “” or “” (unfortunately, these are not invented – and there are worse), the perception of you as a hospitality professional could be diminished to some degree.

The time to let your personality express its self is at the interview, not in your initial communications or in your email address.

Think about it and then go get yourself real email address for your job search such as, ““, ““, etc. Continue reading “The Details – Your Email Address”

Proofread Your Resume

Your resume is your best first impression and indicates to employers among other things your attention to detail. Computers make it easy to create your resume and even easier to make typos, which don’t leave a good first impression.

A few tips will help you avoid submitting a flawed resume:

  1. Unless absolutely necessary, never send a resume out the same day you put it together. Sleep on your freshly written resume and then proofread it the next day. You will catch more errors this way.
  2. Read your resume backwards to check for mistakes. You will see them better.
  3. Have someone else read your resume with a red pencil checking spelling, grammar, dates, etc. Have them pay special attention to your contact information. This is one of the most common areas where jobseekers make a mistake. If the restaurant/hotel recruiter can’t contact you, you’re not going to get the job.
  4. Double check all technical terms – sous chef, garde manger, saucier, BOH, FOH, etc – to be sure that your word processor’s automatic correction mechanism hasn’t changed them to more standard terms like soup chef, garden manager, Bob, for, etc.

We’d like to say THANKS! to Jo Lynne Lockley of Chefs Professional Agency for contributing this tip.