Server 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 663,338 Server 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 Server 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 Server 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 Server 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
For Servers, the skill that stands out above all others in terms of how frequently it shows up on server resumes is customer service, which is more than twice as common as the next common skill: food preparation. Including these skills on your resume won't necessarily make you stand out from the crowd, but they can help reinforce your experience as a server.
Top Skills for a Server
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
The work experience section of a resume is all about highlighting the achievements that an employer would want to see. Here are some examples from different Business Analysts

Example # 1


  • Restock and clean FOH kitchen line and takeout station.
  • Operated POS terminal to input and process orders.
  • Serve huge party of 20 people to myself while taking additional tables.
  • Shift Leaders are go to people for any employees with questions or concerns.
  • Prepare final bill, accept all forms of payment, process credit card charges using POS system.

Example # 2

Mcdonalds Crew Member

  • Cashier, customer service, janitorial,
  • worked as a crew member for two years and was a very good people person
  • Receive all freight and count inventory every night, also to perform cash outs and deposits.
  • Trained incoming on the cash register, kitchen, and drive-thru procedures.
  • People who's determined to get the job done.

Example # 3

Bar Waiter/Waitress

  • Maintained a positive and enthusiastic attitude
  • Developed repeat business by establishing close and lasting relationship with customers .Trained new waitress and waiters for development of restaurant.
  • Greeted customers Made sure money was deposited right before opening and after closing.
  • Full customer service Took orders Served food to customers Seated people Pre-bust tables and re-filled condiments
  • Supervised cash out at end shift and made bank deposits.

Example # 4


  • Worked for several years at Greeley and Denver locations basing my position upon customer satisfaction and efficient work.
  • Prepare various foods Expedite checks to ensure proper timing and accuracy Interact with guests and other employees.
  • Provide guests with a positive experience.
  • achieved hard work ethic Organizations & Leadership Positions
  • Managed several tables at one time Dealt with different types of people Worked at a fast-pace and under pressure

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How much work experience does the average server candidate have?
The average server resume contains 2.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your server skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from server resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
As a server, you may wonder exactly how your education section should look. Server roles often require a High School Diploma degree or higher, so the majority of server resumes that we looked at contained a high school diploma degree.
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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

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

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