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Waiter/waitress CV example template (text format)

PERSONAL STATEMENT

Customer-focused professional with 2+ years of experience delivering exceptional service in the hospitality industry. Offer expertise in preparing and serving food and beverages, analysing customer needs, and responding quickly to customer requests. Well-spoken and excited to provide exceptional customer satisfaction and increase retention as a Waiting Staff Member at [Restaurant Name].

WORK EXPERIENCE

Cafe Emmeline, Soho, London
Waitress, December 2021–Present

  • Top performer on performance reviews for service excellence, team player mindset, and proactive approach to increasing revenue and resolving customer issues
  • Efficiently operate POS terminals to input customer orders, swipe credit cards, and enter cash received in the system
  • Obtained Waitress of the Month Award 10 times
  • Managed the register during busy weekend night shifts for 9 months, taking 285+ orders per night with 99.5% accuracy
  • Delivered training to 10+ new waiters on proper food handling techniques, including proper freezer placement, appropriate soup temperatures, and equipment cleaning processes

La Maison Blanche, Leeds
Waitress, May 2020–November 2021

  • Greeted customers as they arrived, showed them the menu, and announced daily or seasonal menu specials in a 150+ seat restaurant
  • Ensured positive customer experience by maintaining consistent contact and resolving issues and complaints promptly
  • Recognised as an expert in handling hard-to-please guests by turning unhappy patrons into repeat customers
  • Maintained dining areas by rolling silverware to prepare for upcoming shifts and large parties
  • Received consistent 97% positive ratings for courteous service and 5-star ratings from customers
  • Increased sales by 20% using effective upselling techniques

EDUCATION

University of Leeds (2017–2020)
BA (Hons) Food Service Management, upper second class honours (2:1)

Relevant Modules
Culinary Nutrition, Culinary Arts, Restaurant Management and Operations, Hospitality Management, International Cuisines, Advanced Food Service Operations, Food and Beverage Strategies, Culinary Fundamentals

Lichton Road Comprehensive School, Sheffield (2010–2017)

  • 3 A-levels: Maths (A), French (A), and English Literature (A)
  • GCSEs: 10 A-C including Maths, English, Combined Science, and IT

KEY SKILLS

  • Knowledge of POS operations
  • Menu development and memorisation
  • Upselling techniques
  • Ordering
  • procedures
  • Bar terminology expertise
  • High-volume dining
  • Food preparation and safety
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Conflict resolution

HOBBIES & INTERESTS

  • Avid swimmer, regularly participating in competitions
  • Amateur clarinet player
  • Travelling
  • Volunteer for multiple charities in the local community
  • Enjoy cooking and researching traditional French cooking techniques

Skills-based waiter/waitress CV example

Before you begin writing, make sure you know how to write a CV in a way that best emphasises your strengths.

Here’s another waitress CV sample you can look at to get more ideas. It’s a skills-based CV, which is a great CV layout if you’re new to the job market or have worked in many industries.

A skills-based waiter (waitress) CV example with an orange colour scheme and dual-column layout.

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How to write a waiter/waitress CV

As reported by the Guardian, UK restaurants and pubs are facing economic challenges in recent years. These conditions have resulted in high competition for open positions.

Therefore, making a high-quality CV to go with your job application is essential for securing a waiting staff position.

If you’re running out of time to apply, use an online CV creator that builds a CV for you in just a few minutes.

Ensure you stand out from the crowded field of applicants by creating an impressive CV. Here are four tips for writing a waiter or waitress CV that gets you hired at your target restaurant:

1. Emphasise your interpersonal skills on your waiting staff CV

Restaurant employers are more likely to interview you if you show exceptional interpersonal skills on your CV. Employers seek waiters or waitresses who can make a good impression on new and regular customers by making them feel at ease — an important set of skills related to your work ethic and personality.

An eatery’s waiting staff is the face of the company, so showing your ability to create positive interactions with all types of customers is key.

Here are top-shelf skills to include on your waiter or waitress CV:

 

  • Communication skills
  • Friendliness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Public speaking
  • Empathy
  • Active listening
  • Positivity
  • People skills
  • Leadership
  • Reliability
  • Teamwork
  • A good sense of humour

 

But you’ll need more than interpersonal abilities to succeed as a waiter or waitress. Consider including the following skills on your CV:

  • Quick memorising skills: You must remember menu items, prices, and specials
  • Physical fitness: Waiting tables requires carrying heavy platters and being on your feet for long shifts
  • Multitasking: You must be comfortable managing multiple tables at once
  • Computer skills: Employers need waiters and waitresses who can quickly learn new point-of-sale systems
  • Time management skills: You’ll likely need to keep track of your schedule on a staff scheduling system or a program like Google Calendar

Don’t merely list skills on your CV. Instead, describe them with data (like percentages and number of people you managed) and specific examples.

2. Write an attention-grabbing personal statement

A properly formatted CV features a 2–3 sentence or bulleted introduction at the top called a personal statement. Your CV’s personal statement should include:

  • your professional title with a strong adjective (for example, ‘Enthusiastic waitress’ or ‘Hard-working waiter’)
  • your most relevant skill or accomplishment
  • a statement about how you can benefit the restaurant

Here’s an example of a well-written personal statement for your CV:

An example of a waitress CV example displaying the applicant's personal statement in three concise sentences written in black text on a white background.
Write a concise summary of your top skills and qualifications in your personal statement.

3. Add a hobbies and interests section to your waiter or waitress CV

One way to show employers you’re good at interacting with restaurant customers is by including a hobbies and interests section on your CV.

When you write your hobbies and interests section, only include information relevant to waiting tables. Here are some examples of hobbies to include:

  • Joining a club or social group: Shows your interpersonal skills
  • Sports activities: Highlights your physical fitness
  • Playing a musical instrument: Indicates you can quickly learn new concepts and retain information well
  • Debate clubs: Showcases your presentation skills
  • Cooking: Tells employers you enjoy participating in the food-service process
  • Volunteer work: Shows your empathy

Here’s an example of a good CV hobbies and interests section:

An example of a hobbies and interests section on a waitress CV that showcases their love of cooking, traveling, reading, and volunteering in 4 bullet points with a light blue section header.
List hobbies and interests that relate as much as possible to working in a restaurant.

If you’re writing a CV with no waiting experience, a descriptive hobbies and interests section shows employers that you’ve got the skills required to be a great waiter or waitress.

4. Fill one or two pages of your waiting staff CV with information

If you’re a budding waiter or waitress with minimal experience, your CV should be one or two full pages — no more, no less. Here’s why:

If employers see excessive blank space on your CV, they’ll immediately assume you’re inexperienced. They may even put it to one side to review only if other full CVs don’t yield qualified candidates.

However, if your CV is three or four pages long, employers will probably miss important details.

Here’s how to ensure your waiter or waitress CV is properly filled with information:

If your CV is too long
  • Cut any information that doesn’t show how you can be a successful waiter or waitress
  • Shrink your margins to a minimum of 1.27 cm
  • Set your font size to a minimum of 10.5 points
  • Change your font to Cambria or Arial Narrow, which take up less space than other good CV fonts
If your CV is too short
  • Add extra sections that list relevant information such as volunteer activities, certifications, and awards
  • Expand your education section to include relevant courses
  • Set your margins to a maximum of 2.5 cm
  • Increase your font size to a maximum of 12 points
  • Change your font to Georgia or Trebuchet MS, which are larger than other recommended fonts

Still worried you didn’t fit all your relevant details in your CV? Don’t fret. You’ll have more space to explain why you’re qualified for the waiting staff role you want when you write your waitress cover letter.


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Aaron Case

Aaron Case is a CPRW & Senior CV Expert at CV Genius with 8+ years of experience in writing and career resource spaces. Job seekers around the world and in various stages of their vocational journeys have landed fulfilling work thanks to his thoughtful career advice, which has also been showcased in publications like Forbes, MSN, CareerAddict, Ladders, Best Colleges, Ivy Exec, Capitalism.com, and vidIQ. Aaron has a BS in English & Communications from Liberty University bolstered by a professional credential from UC Berkeley. He’s collected practical experience while following various career paths, and he enjoys sharing the resulting insights with everyone. You can contact him through his LinkedIn profile or on Twitter. Please note, we don’t accept guest posts, and all such requests will be ignored.