Writing a Great Hospitality CV

Writing a Great CV for the Hospitality Industry

An Interview with the Recruitment Team at Get the Shifts

Our recruitment team go through hundreds of applications every week, and can you guess the main reason they hit reject? A bad CV!

We sat down and got their feedback and advice on how to write an amazing CV for the hospitality sector that will always impress!

Why Should We Hire You?
“It’s your job to tell us why we should hire you, not our job to figure it out!”

The recruitment team have whittled down everything they consider when looking at a CV to the below three questions. If they can’t answer all three questions having looked at your CV, then your application won’t go much further.

  • Have you worked in the hospitality sector before?
  • How much experience do you have in hospitality?
  • What roles within the hospitality sector have you held?

“We must uphold the highest standards when it comes to our recruitment processes because our clients stake their reputations on the way their customers are served. To maintain these standards we require that candidates have a minimum of one year’s proven experience in the hospitality sector.”

Denise O’Brien – Recruitment

Essential Ingredients for Writing a Great CV

Your CV should include:

  • Up to date contact information
  • Personal statement or profile
  • Work experience – including relevant skills and achievements
  • Education & Qualifications

Without all of the essential ingredients, a CV will not get through the first stage of the recruitment process. All of these need to be there for us to even begin the process, and we don’t have the time to chase people down for basic information.

Laura Kerr – Recruitment

Your CV should not include:

  • Height or weight
  • Marital status
  • Sexual orientation
  • Bank account details
  • PPS Number
  • Referee details

Writing the Body

It’s not original advice, but it is good advice: you should tailor your CV to each and every job you apply for. Because, we hire staff exclusively for the hospitality sector , your hospitality experience should shine through in your CV. Some helpful advice on what you can include can be found here.

Contact Information

This needs to be clearly visible at the top of your CV.

“Ensure your contact information is correct! We get loads of applications where there is an error with a phone number or email address. As a result we can’t get in touch, and you lose out because of a silly mistake, when the rest of your CV might be amazing!”

Laura Kerr – Recruitment

Personal Statement

This may be short, but it is important. Above all, a personal statement gives you the chance to sell yourself to potential employers — and you don’t have much time to do that. Include 3-5 lines about yourself at the top of the CV.

Employment History

Firstly, you should always start with your most recent job when listing your employment history. Most importantly, you must include the dates that you worked in each role, e.g. “O’Brien’s – May 2016- October 2019“.

“My top tip? Include anything relevant that you achieved while in a role that helps you to stand out, e.g. “Was responsible for in-house promotion that doubled sales on cocktails”, or “Re-organised inventory to allow for improved productivity”. These details allow us to learn about you, and as a result, we can ask better and more interesting questions at interview stage.”

Denise O’Brien – Recruitment


The details you should list depend entirely on where you are at in your professional and academic career, and need only include your most recent academic qualification, e.g. “Leaving Certificate, 2014” or “Bachelor of Arts 2.1 hons, 2016”

Hobbies and Interests

These are not always necessary, though they give an insight into your personality and make you stand out from the crowd. In other words, this is the time to show off your achievements or any voluntary work you may have done.

Final Advice

Keep it short and sweet! A CV for the hospitality sector doesn’t need to be any longer than one A4 page, unless you have more than five years’ experience in the industry.”

Denise O’Brien – Recruitment

Check your spelling! A CV full of spelling and grammatical mistakes will not get you far, even though you may have the best experience out of all the candidates. Have a friend or family member look through it to spot any glaring errors.”

Laura Kerr – Recruitment

There are always elements that are a matter of preference; font, spacing and layout are are stylistic choices, however, some rules do still apply. To learn all about what fonts to use on your CV, check out this article here.

If you would like to apply for a role with us, you can do so through our site here, or alternatively, send us an email with your CV attached.

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