Top Tips on How to Make Your CV Stand Out!

Top Tips on How to Make Your CV Stand Out!

Hospitality is one of the most diverse industries, full of hard-working people who contribute to the success of the industry through their strong skill sets. So, when it comes to hiring the right person, employers want to make sure they find someone with the right skills needed for the roles they are trying to fill.

However, believe it or not, many of you who have the right skills and qualities to get these jobs are not even getting to the interview stage. Do you want to know why? It’s simple, it’s your CV! You may not realise it but your CV could be underselling you and might be the reason you haven’t landed the perfect job!

But not to worry, this is where the Start Work Today team are here to help you! Here are some of our top tips on how you should format your CV and what to include in each section.

What do the employers want?

Employers are looking for people who can deliver exceptional service to their customers and add value to their business, whilst being able to thrive and cope with the pressures of working in a fast-paced industry.  You can show employers you have these qualities by including the following skills:

  • Great customer service
  • Polite and friendly
  • Clean and tidy
  • Team players
  • Thrives under pressure
  • Willing to be flexible in their working patterns

If you are looking for a more senior position, for example, a hotel manager then you will also be expected to be able to:

  • Manage a team
  • Recruit and train staff
  • Manage and report budgets and figures
  • Demonstrate commercial sense with promotions and marketing campaigns

Writing your CV

Before you begin to write your CV you should read the job description and write down the core skills that the employer is looking for. This way you can make sure your CV relates to the role you’re applying for. For example, if you’re applying for a front-of-house role and the job description says you need customer service skills, be sure to include an example of this skill in your CV.

Personal details

This might seem obvious but it’s easy to forget when trying to wow the employer with your work skills! Don’t forget to include your address, telephone and email details – and make sure they are correct!  You can also include your LinkedIn profile if you have one.

Personal statement

Your personal statement should be a short summary, focusing on what core skills you have to offer for the role. So make sure what you include is relevant to the role and points out your key skills and experience. Keep in mind why the employer wants to hire you!

Skills overview

This is an extremely important part of your CV. When writing this section, the most important things to keep in mind are the following:

  • How does your experience fit in with what the employer is looking for?
  • Have you received any awards or recognition for these skills? Always mention if you have!

Career history

Here is your time to shine! Make sure you highlight the relevance of your career history, even if your current/previous roles are not the same as what you are currently applying for. Draw upon the skills you have gained that are most transferable.

Education and training

Here you should list any academic qualifications you have received, as well as any additional training. For example, in your previous roles, you may have been on a first aid or health and safety course. All of this is relevant especially as you will be in constant contact with the public.

Volunteer and charity work

If you have this type of experience then certainly mention any campaigns or projects you have taken part in. This will show your commitment and ability to work on projects from start to finish and also your sense of teamwork!

Additional skills and experience

This is for any other skills that you feel might be relevant to the job. Remember the golden rule – Always link it back to the job you’re applying for! A particularly useful skill and much in need in this sector are if you speak any other languages, definitely mention this and to what level.


The main thing to do is to use referees who have knowledge of your skills and can elaborate on this. But of course, make sure they are aware that you have picked them.

Now you have our top tips for perfecting your CV, why not check out our new hospitality roles at and give your new CV a whirl!

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