How to write a great CV .


Your resume is usually the first thing the recruiter , the client , the HR Manager , the General Manager looks at and we judge you on this .

When you are applying for a position you are just a number , another resume amongst 100’s of others ; …….recruiters , clients , employers and HR Managers receive.

Of course if applying to a high-end hospitality recruiter you will usually receive more attention as it’s a more directed application BUT this is an overall general picture being painted.

Believe it or not most CVs get around a 10 second view. So the effort you put in is what you get in return.

So what effort did you put into your CV?


All the so-called “secrets of success” will not work unless you do. ~Author Unknown



Would you send your current resume to a function or cocktail evening representing you?

How comfortable do you think you would be knowing this ? If not comfortable it’s then time to rethink what you are sending out . If comfortable you are on the right track . You had the CV in a Tux or an evening gown , well done.


Your CV should be like a painting in an art gallery. Or a great brochure . We stand back admire and enjoy.


Your CV is no different . If looking at your resume and it doesn’t grab you then it’s not going to grab the reader. So take the time and put in the effort and the rewards will come your way. That’s life ;


Persistent effort will always be rewarded . Always will always has.

I’ve got a theory that if you give 100 percent all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end. ~Larry Bird

For your resume a few pointers :

Remember the recruiter , the client or the HR Manager are NOT mind readers . So for the hospitality CV , or for any CV  a few basic rules :


  • Your photo in the top right hand corner and never any “ selfies ” or the use passport photos . Never.  Nobody looks great in a passport photo. Not Tom Cruise nor Charlize Theron nor George Clooney. No-one .
  • Use your smart phone . Have someone take as many snaps of you as you wish. Out of the 50 or so you WILL get one that grabs you.
  • If it takes Vogue Magazine many days and 1000’s of shots to get one quality model shot good enough for the front cover , why do we think it takes us two  minutes and then put this photo on your resume ? When this is done the photo looks shite.

For international positions add in.

  • Age
  • Marital status
  • Children. Especially of school age years.As this to the employer costs money


Each child can cost a client , an employer a minimum $15k usd pa per child and upward . In some cases up to $30k usd per child per year in places like the UAE, HK, Japan, China.

Hiding this detail may come back to bite you so best to be upfront now. As mentioning you have four children in your 3rd interview could be a “slight dampener” on the occasion.

Add into the CV

Tertiary education.

On-going course.

Computer skills.

Awards and achievements.

Sell your awards, as many do not .

Many government departments around the world for visa purposes want to view your qualifications.


  • Always put in month and year start and finish AND reason for leaving.
  • Name of Hotel / Resort. + Web site address. Or if note hospitality a description go the company and a web site
  • Star ratings.
  • How many rooms , suites, villas etc.
  • How many F&B outlets? . Function rooms and size?
  • Reporting to whom?.
  • How many people do you manage?.
  • Brief description of the property. i.e. The Fabien Hotel is a LHW located in the heart of Paris. With 235 rooms and suites. 4 award winning F&B outlets. One Michelin star. And home to diplomats and celebrities…………..You get the gist.

I mean give a description of the Hotel / Resort / Restaurant that paints a vivid picture. That excites the reader and you.


If your resume doesn’t grab you it ain’t going to grab the reader.


Commenting,  “If they could only meet me, I know I will get the job” ( No you won’t ) this comment does not cut the mustard with employers nor recruiters.

Some talented candidates add in photos of the property they are currently at to the right hand side of their stated positions.

This is fine as really your CV is your marketing document. It’s a brochure . So make an impact. Sell yourself / market yourself.


Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts.  This is the secret of success. 

~Swami Sivananda

For Chefs and Restaurant Managers make sure you have :

  • Size of operation.
  • How many seaters . Opened for Breakfast? Lunch? Dinner?
  • Size of brigade
  • Type of cuisine in the outlets.
  • Awards received. Any restaurant ratings i.e. Michelin star. Chefs Hats.
  • Web sites of restaurants ? Many do not have this included. You should. It assists the recruiter, the hirer easy access to view where your work and type of establishment and displays to the client you are proactive/creative

The Cover Letter.

Most senior recruiters , Human Resources Managers or the hiring manager open the CV first then maybe the cover letter. The cover letter gets a brief look at best. A lot of the time it is not opened at all.

The Do’s and Don’t’s regarding the cover letter.

If you begin with:


This means the cover letter is generic in nature. A mass send out that indicates you have taken no time to study the client or recruiters web site nor to find an appropriate name to send your resume to. This is where the delete button comes in handy.

So please take the time to research and research and research.

It really is equivalent to going on a first date and not knowing your partners name OR calling them by another name. Second date? Highly unlikely.

Worst still, and my bug bare:

DO NOT start a cover letter with:




Really? My esteemed company ? My prestigious organisation ?

This is one quick fire way to get deleted without a shot being fired. Don’t do it.

Take time to study the role .The company and find the right person to send your CV to using their name in the opening line, then send.

Be clear. Be concise. Get to the point.

How do I write a cover letter?

Imagine you are the hirer, the recruiter, the HR professional. What would you like to read and see in a cover letter? And follow this.

Life is pretty simple when nutted down. Keep it simple and to the point.


Many different opinions on this. Mine is put down at least two referees at the end of the resume. Who they are, their titles, relationship to you professionally, and their contacts BUT stating:

“ Please do not contact referees without my knowledge/permission due to professional courtesy”.


Success is dependent on effort and happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.

Frankin D Roosevelt