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A school cafeteria manager supervises the creation and serving of school meals as part of a larger nutrition strategy in either a public or private school. When applying for a position as a school cafeteria manager, your resume should illustrate several key components, including your job skills and managerial experience, as a means of showing you have the required experience to perform well in the position and handle its considerable responsibilities.
State Career Goals
Incorporating your career goals into your resume allows your prospective employer to see your desire, drive and commitment to the industry. It's important to convey your desire to continue ascending through the ranks of cafeteria management, including supervisory positions with school board nutritional oversight committees and the National School Lunch Program, as part of larger career objectives, so your potential employer doesn't think you're just looking to settle into a position. Your career goals also show that you're thinking about your job in the long term. This lets a prospective employer know that you want to make a lasting employment commitment as much as get the job.
Job Skills and Experience
Displaying your relevant job skills and work experience is an important objective for your resume. You should include such things as your Servsafe certification for safe food handling, previous experience carrying out a school nutrition program, ability to carry out a large-scale lunch operation, and history of communicating effectively with school staff and administrative personnel. These highlights show your employer you have the necessary tools to perform the essential functions of a school cafeteria manager. Your work experience should also highlight any former school cafeteria employers, the job functions you performed for these employers, and the positions you occupied throughout your career. This creates a job history or work timeline for a prospective employer, and shows the path you took to arrive at where you are in your career today.
References and Contacts
Throughout your work history, you may have accumulated contacts in the school cafeteria industry. Listing these contacts as references, including previous food service supervisors, school lunch vendors, and school principals, shows your ability to build strong working relationships with contemporaries or leaders in your field. Positive words from your employment references can help reinforce your resume objectives in confirming you have the necessary skills and working personality to perform well as a school cafeteria manager. Without job references, a prospective employer has to rely entirely on your work history and word that you can handle the demands of the position.
Avoid Objective Statements
An objective statement or formal objective is a catch-all paragraph that clearly defines your career objectives and work goals. According to job search website Monster, you may not need to incorporate an objective statement or formal objective into your resume if you're applying for a management position because you have already accumulated a lengthy work history to display your career goals. This type of paragraph would have been more useful to you as an entry-level applicant or as a substitute for the right type of work experience. If you don't have substantial work experience in the school lunch industry, consider adding such a statement to communicate your desire and seriousness about the open position and your career as a whole.
Jonathan Lister has been a writer and content marketer since 2003. His latest book publication, "Bullet, a Demos City Novel" is forthcoming from J Taylor Publishing in June 2014. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Shippensburg University and a Master of Fine Arts in writing and poetics from Naropa University.