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How to Create a Busser Resume (Skills, Examples)

Isabel ThottamAuthor

How to Create a Busser Resume (Skills, Examples)

A busser is an important job in a restaurant, supporting the entire restaurant staff, and keeping the flow of service smooth. For a newbie starting out in the restaurant industry, a busser job can be a great introduction to working in a restaurant. 

Busser jobs are in demand, and data shows that the job outlook for bussers is projected to grow 14% over the next ten years. Of course, if you want to land one of those open busser jobs, you need to get a strong resume in the hands of the hiring manager. 

Learn how to make your resume stand out, what information to include, and how to improve your chances of landing a busser job.

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Professional Experience

A strong resume clearly indicates that you have busser experience or the desire to learn. When creating a resume, you should highlight any previous, professional experience with bullet points that explain your knowledge of the busser role and indicate that you are a strong candidate for the position. 

You only need to include experience from the last ten years. Focus on your most recent positions and showcase any accomplishments you made during your time in the position. Moreover, if you worked at your previous job for more than a year, be sure to indicate the timeframe, as hiring managers will look at how long you stayed in your previous positions to determine how long you generally stay in a position.

 When you write out your bullet points, keep them short, but use keywords to highlight your responsibilities. A good tactic is to look at the job description for the busser position and include the same words used to describe the job duties when describing your work experience. 

The keywords will stand out to the hiring manager who will be looking to see that your busser experience matches their expectations for the busser role.

Personal Information

In addition to showcasing professional experience on your busser resume, you can also add personal experience if it’s relevant to the position. 

Some examples of this include any personal experience you have involving food, cleaning, or talking with customers, such as working for food delivery apps, volunteer work in food kitchens, or any catering or cleaning experience that showcase similar skills or experience to further indicate your readiness for the job.

Skills

A hiring manager may look directly at the skills you list, which is why you want to make sure your resume includes the skill sets they want to see. Here’s an example of skills they’ll look for on a busser resume:

  • Customer service oriented 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment 
  • Cleaning, sanitizing, and wiping down tables 
  • Re-stocking dishware and glassware 
  • Adaptable, collaborative team player

For a busser position, consider listing skills that show your experience with clearing plates and cleaning tables, such as: carrying dishes to tables, removing dishes at appropriate times, checking in on tables, stacking glassware, and cleaning up messes or spills. 

You can also include any specialty skills that you obtained from your prior busser experience, such as plating food, placing food on tables, reading order tickets, mopping or floor sweeping, or any other relevant customer service skills.

BUSSER RESUME SAMPLE:

Mark Roberts

605-832-7751| [email protected]

226000 471st Ave Colman, SD 57017

SUMMARY: 

Busser with 3+ years of experience working in fast-paced restaurants. I am hard working, reliable, and have good customer service skills. I always maintain a positive attitude and am a team player.

WORK EXPERIENCE

BUSSER

McKennan’s Family Restaurant – Sioux Falls, SD

December 2021 – Present

  • Provided excellent customer service with a friendly attitude when seating and welcoming guests, taking drink orders, and delivering and removing dishes.

  • Cleared and cleaned tables in a prompt and efficient manner, especially during rush hours.

  • Helped train new bussers and assisted servers with additional side work and cleanup.

FOOD RUNNER

Chili’s – Sioux Falls, SD

September 2019 – December 2020

  • Assisted servers with delivery of food to tables by carrying large platters or individual dishes.

  • Always showed up on time for shifts with a positive attitude, ready to work.

  • Greeted and seated guests at assigned tables and often took drink orders.

  • Removed dishes from tables and cleaned and sanitized tables after customers have left.

DISHWASHER

Surry’s Cafe – Colman, SD

July 2018 – August 2019

  • Learned how to operate and manage a commercial dishwasher. 
  • Promptly cleaned dishes and re-stocked inventory. 
  • Kept kitchen clean and mopped the floors regularly.
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Where to go from here

Before you turn the resume in, take a good look and make sure it communicates your qualifications well. You should also have a friend or colleague read it to get a second opinion on whether or not it captures your work history in a professional and relevant manner. 

If you want to further increase your opportunities, consider some other ways that might get your application a second look:

Write a Cover Letter

Write a cover letter that explains your interest and qualifications for the position in greater detail. You’ll increase your chances of having your application read if the cover letter addresses the hiring manager by name. 

This small detail shows that you took the extra step to look up who is in charge, or that you called the restaurant and asked for their name, which also shows you’re capable of taking initiative.

Network

Network with people who work at the restaurant to increase the chance of your name being recognized on your application. If you don’t know anyone who works at the restaurant, you can look within your own network of people you have worked with in the past. 

It’s always possible someone you know has a connection to the restaurant, so it doesn’t hurt to ask!

Apply in Person

Apply in person at the restaurant and ask if the general manager or hiring manager for the position is available. If they are, be ready to quickly pitch yourself: tell them who you are, why you want to work for them, your most recent experience, and something interesting or fun about yourself to help them remember you.

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