5 Restaurant Manager Resume Examples For 2021

Author: Stephen Greet, Co-founder
Published on: May 3, 2021

If it were not for restaurant managers, nothing would get done in the restaurant industry. You hire staff, assign schedules, order supplies, create a welcoming environment and budget the whole operation. Your duty to the job even contributes to the shaping of modern social relations, community, the structure of cities, and our overall economy.

That’s a lot of responsibility. You should not have to become an expert in resume writing to demonstrate your capability to potential employers.

Thankfully, you don’t have to. We’ve reviewed 1,500 restaurant manager resumes and have discovered what works, and what won’t, for getting interviews.

We distilled that information and created 5 free restaurant manager resume samples with some helpful tips to help you land your next job in 2021.

Restaurant Manager Resume

Restaurant Manager resume example

Why this resume works

  • It’s one thing to tell someone you’re good at your job. It’s another thing to demonstrate that you are, in fact, quantifiably good at your job. As a restaurant manager, where quantifiable metrics can clearly demonstrate your capability, numbers become absolutely essential for your resume to stand out.
    • This resume does a great job of showing, rather than telling, impressive job performance. Include metrics on the number of employees you oversaw, scores on health inspections, quarterly or annual returns, money saved through improved efficiency, positive reviews, and reductions in staff turnover rates.
    • Important: do not spell out the numbers. Numbers break up the visual monotony of letters on your resume and catch hiring managers eyes. Though it may be customary in some professions to write out numbers, you shouldn’t do so on your resume.
  • This resume includes a resume objective. We recommend including a resume/career objective when you are changing careers, or when you need to fill up a bit of space on your resume. In this example, the applicant is looking to change the type of restaurant they are managing, from a casual eatery to a formal French restaurant.
    • If you choose to include a resume objective, you’ll need to specialize it for each job you apply to. Look at the job description, and try to incorporate essential skillsets into your objective, and be sure to mention the restaurant by name. It may seem like a headache, but if you don’t specialize your objective, and instead spam your unspecific resume out to as many job posts as possible, you’ll be less likely to get interviews.

Restaurant Assistant Manager Resume

Restaurant Assistant Manager resume example

Why this resume works

  • Just because you’re an assistant, doesn’t mean you can’t take initiative. Though it’s okay to start off one or two of your bullet points with the word “assisted” or “helped”, don’t rely on them for more than that. Use language on your resume that sells your ability to work independently.
    • In this resume sample, we included words like “spearheaded”, and “overhauled” to demonstrate capacity to work without constant supervision or direction from the restaurant manager.
  • The resume skills section is chronically overlooked by many hopeful applicants. If you want your resume to be seen by hiring managers at all, then you need to include resume skills.
    • Because there is so much competition for restaurant manager jobs, hiring managers often receive more than 300 applications. To make the review process faster, they automate the initial stage with the use of Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). Hiring managers can filter resumes for specific job skills to automatically remove any resumes that may be a poor fit.
    • Always include skills that are specifically relevant for restaurant managers, such as: customer service and interpersonal skills, problem-solving, organization, leadership, and flexibility.
      • Check the job description for jobs you apply to. Though you can include skills that apply to all restaurant management jobs, you’ll have the best chance of getting past the ATS if you match your skills to the ones highlighted in the job description.

Restaurant General Manager Resume

Restaurant General Manager resume example

Why this resume works

  • Notice that the work experiences on these resumes are in reverse chronological order (with the most recent experience at the top of the page). We recommend you do this to highlight your most relevant work experience.
    • Hiring managers have an overwhelming job. They are tasked with reviewing hundreds of resumes. And, unfortunately, a lot of applicants don’t read the job description before applying. Hiring managers try to sift through applicants as quickly as possible to determine which one’s are worth their time. Having your most important experiences at the top of the page will ensure that your resume winds up in the interview pile, rather than the bin.
  • Let’s face it, resumes aren’t exactly page-turners. They’re not a beach read, and very few people would read them for enjoyment. But that doesn’t mean they need to be boring!
    • There’s no need to include bullet points that restate your “job responsibilities” or a laundry list of basic tasks you were required to complete.
      • Instead, focus on accomplishments, and remember to use metrics to demonstrate them. For example, rather than stating “job duties included budgeting and basic accounting skills”, this resume states, “generated restaurant target sales figures and individual server target sales, analyzing weekly data to make improvements, resulting in annual sales 11% above targets.”

Pizza Restaurant Manager Resume

Pizza Restaurant Manager resume example

Why this resume works

  • You don’t need to have strictly management experience on your pizza restaurant manager resume.
    • If you have a background in any restaurant jobs, then you can easily highlight transferable skills. For example, this person highlights that they used ingredients before spoilage as a chef (saving the restaurant money), and that they engaged in positive customer service and increased efficiency as a delivery driver.
  • Don’t hold back. A great resume requires you to take ownership of your accomplishments and achievements. Use active voice, action words, concise sentences and metrics in every bullet point. Your resume needs to be polished, from grammar and careful attention to detail, to sentence structure and formatting.

Fast Food Restaurant Manager Resume

Fast Food Restaurant Manager resume example

Why this resume works

  • Focus on relevant jobs – if you’ve had lots of different job titles and experiences that go back decades, save them for an interview. It’s best to highlight the most relevant experiences you can. In general, this should be at least 2 and no more than 4 work experiences.
  • The number of bullet points you include and the length of each bullet point is also important. We recommend including 3-6 bullet points for each job experience, and less than 200 characters per bullet point. To achieve the most impact in the least number of characters, you’ll need to use quantifiable metrics.
  • If you’re struggling with this, don’t worry. Crafting the perfect resume is no easy feat, and it’s one that takes some getting used to. Use this resume checker to see how you can make improvements that get you more interviews.

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