Restaurant Manager 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 39,125 Restaurant Manager 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 Restaurant Manager 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 Customer Service, 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 Restaurant Manager 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 Restaurant Manager 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 restaurant manager skills. Below we have listed the top skills for a restaurant manager : 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 Restaurant Manager
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
We compared 39,125 resume examples and job offers and found that the average experience required for a restaurant manager job required by employers is 2.0 years.
How much work experience do employers want to see?
The average restaurant manager job listing asks for 2.0 years of work experience.
How much work experience does the average restaurant manager candidate have?
The average restaurant manager resume contains 4.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your restaurant manager skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from restaurant manager resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
Executive Assistant

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Restaurant Manager
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Marketing
  • Prepared documents using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Designed business presentations utilizing PowerPoint.
  • Reviewed executives email and responded as necessary on a daily basis, discussed any urgent items throughout the day.
  • Created and edited PowerPoint presentations which were complex at times.
  • Prepared PowerPoint presentations utilizing content from senior management for quarterly staff meetings.
Event Coordinator

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Restaurant Manager
Doctoral Degree
Doctoral Degree - Psychology
  • Initiated daily themes and creative concepts for social media postings, skyrocketing Twitter and Facebook followings by 75%.
  • Cultivated the firm's professional and engaging online presence on several social networking platforms (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter).
  • Provide administrative and event support to four C-Level Executives and five Executive Directors for both Product and Technology groups.
  • Manage email campaigns in Exact Target and Eloqua.
  • Perform SAP system QA check and HP ServiceGuard setup for High Availability systems.

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Restaurant Manager
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Education
  • Answer any questions or concerns through email.
  • Instruct courses in psychology, computer literacy and composition.
  • Perform First Aid and CPR according to the demands of adverse situations.
  • Summer 2012 developed and implemented curriculum for multicultural literature class for 10th grade students.
  • Acted as a secondary instructor for a college biology class.
Chef De Partie (Part-Time)

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Restaurant Manager
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Criminology
  • Help maintain haccp records, and all sanitation rules.
  • Worked pantry station, which includes appetizer, salads and desserts.
  • Received training in the chocolate room, buffet and banquet preparation, cake garnish and basic baking
  • Work under directive of demi chef and sous chef.
  • Ensured that all food and equipment is arranged properly with FIFO and meets quality hygiene standards and is completed within stringent timelines
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As a restaurant manager, you may wonder exactly how your education section should look. Restaurant Manager roles often require a Less than a High School Diploma degree or higher, so the majority of restaurant manager resumes that we looked at contained a less than 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

Restaurant Manager 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 Restaurant Managers. Salary can vary based on factors such as location, company, and industry. Check out our detailed salary information for Restaurant Managers to learn more.

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