Cook Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applicant with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate.

At Zippia, we went through over 264,186 Cook resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Five Key Resume Tips For Landing a Cook Job:

Relevant Experience
Make sure that the jobs, experience, and accolades that you do include are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
The Right Skills
This is a great time to run wild with those keywords found in the job description. If they’re looking for someone with Kitchen Equipment, be sure to list it as a skill.
Quantifiable Achievements
Achievements and awards relevant to the position speak louder than a high GPA, especially if you can quantify your achievement with a number.
Your Unique Qualities
Recruiters and hiring managers are looking at hundreds of resumes. Let yours stand out, and try not to sound too boring.
Strong Content
If you’ve had a lot of jobs, this shouldn’t necessarily be a list of all of them. This is a document designed to market you to a potential employer, so choose the strongest content.

How To Write a Cook Resume

Contact Information
First things first — employers only spend about six seconds looking at resumes before they decide to keep them or throw them away, so you should definitely let them know whose it is.
Commute and relocation are things that employers take into consideration when sifting through candidates, so provide your current address in your resume header so that employers have an idea of where you are in relation to their office.
LinkedIn Profile
If you feel that a link to your social media profile could further your standing as a candidate, go ahead and include it. This doesn’t mean you should throw in a link to your hilarious Twitter profile, but instead provide your LinkedIn profile.
Professional Summary (Objective)
Career objective statements are one of the most overlooked pieces of otherwise stellar resumes. It’s not that every Cook CV out there needs one — it’s just that the ones that really do need them typically never think to include them.
The goal of this section is simple: to summarize the resume in a few short sentences. Through your resume summary you enable employers to quickly learn whether you are a good match for the job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when writing a professional summary:
Keep it short: it should be 4 sentences max
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements

Not sure which skills are really important?

3 Big Tips For Listing Skills On Your Resume
Make sure to only include your hard skills on your resume. In addition, include the most in-demand cook skills. Below we have listed the top skills for a cook : The more keywords your resume can “match,” the more likely it is that your resume will be selected for review by human eyes.
Top Skills for a Cook
Here are a few key points of to keep in mind while writing your skills section:
Include between 6 to 12 skills
Make sure to only include hard skills
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
How much work experience does the average cook candidate have?
The average cook resume contains 2.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your cook skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from cook resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
Cook/Server Dishwasher

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Cook
High School Diploma
High School Diploma
  • Cashier, dishwasher, and clean-up 9/1998 - 1/1999
  • Learned consumer service and how to talk to people in different situations.
  • managed dishwasher on a daily basis
  • cook cashier stock room attendant dishwasher facility maintainence
  • Assisted customers with financial transactions at drive-thru and inside restaurant.

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Cook
High School Diploma
High School Diploma
  • Set up grill for cooking Prepared food items Grilled meat and breakfast items Operated industrialized dishwasher Cleaned work area
  • Team Member/ Shift LeaderTaco Bell Anderson, INYHCCMounds State Park Anderson, INCrew MemberMcDonalds Anderson, IN
  • Prepare food Wash Dishes Operate Dishwasher Maintenance
  • Wash dishes, glassware, flatware, pots or pans, using dishwashers or by hand.
  • Host, Dishwasher, Night Maintenance Worked every position in the restaurant.
Pantry Cook

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Cook
Doctoral Degree
Doctoral Degree - Psychology
  • Help manager take inventory for daily food orders by recording stock i in pantry and freezer.
  • Served meals according to standards and worked in all BOH positions.
  • Experience on Pantry and Ovens on the line.
  • Promoted to waitress based on ability to work with all levels of people.
  • fry stock restock dishwasher cashier expeditor

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Cook
High School Diploma
High School Diploma
  • Managed drive-thru window, took orders and payment.
  • Cook * Pre-cook * Food handler * Stocker * Maintenance
  • Prepare menu items per customer specifications including burgers, sandwiches, salads and fried foods.
  • Position Preferences Construction Product Distribution Manufacturing Warehouse General Labor
  • Involved cleaning all stoves, grills, fryers.
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As a cook, you may wonder exactly how your education section should look. Cook roles often require a High School Diploma degree or higher, so the majority of cook resumes that we looked at contained a high school diploma degree.
As shown above, the Education section can be very brief. However make sure to include the following:
The name of the school you attended
The year you attended
Your major
Your GPA
The level of education you attained

Cook Salary

Did your resume land you an interview? Be prepared to talk salary.

How To Answer "What Are Your Salary Requirements"

When you are ready to send your resume to employers, it's important to be aware of the current market conditions for Cooks. Salary can vary based on factors such as location, company, and industry. Check out our detailed salary information for Cooks to learn more.

Average Employee Salary
Min 10%
Median 50%
Max 90%