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post #1 of 38
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is this the appropriate forum to get help or feedback with a resume?

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post #2 of 38

Is is a resume regarding working for a cake decorator/baker?  If so, there are a few people on this forum who own bakeries and could help you.

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I don't think it will be a problem. Just don't get too specific if you want to remain anonymous.
post #4 of 38
Thread Starter 

it's a resume for general pastry, including cake decorating.

 

ok, I have a few questions then.

at one job, before becoming full time, I did seasonal work.

if I represent that on my resume like this ( below) would that be ok? would it look unprofessional.

 

Job, at place                                        2008-2009, 2010- 2012

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post #5 of 38
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this is what I have so far

job, place

 

Banquet Pastry Extern promoted to Cook II

  • Prepare a vast array of pastries and desserts ranging from 10 people up to 1,800
  • Work action dessert stations.
  • Prepare and bake a vast array of breads.
  • Prepare daily orders that the other restaurants on the property request.

 

also, in school we were taught under each job to write some of our responsibilities. what are some that you like to see?

 

I want to be more specific, for example with the action station. but I don't know how long is appropriate. and I say vast array twice, I feel silly about that.

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post #6 of 38

For this job it would be appropriate to add the word seasonal to the dates. Resumes have a lot of flexibility in how we represent yourselves. 

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post #7 of 38
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what about a portfolio portion? for pictures. what do you think of online portfolios? my husband says they are not necessary and that it's too much, you should be able to sell yourself with just a resume. but I think that's it's going above and beyond and showing effort into finding a job.

 

I think pictures are important in a cake decorating job.

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post #8 of 38
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it's a resume for general pastry, including cake decorating.

 

ok, I have a few questions then.

at one job, before becoming full time, I did seasonal work.

if I represent that on my resume like this ( below) would that be ok? would it look unprofessional.

 

Job, at place                                        2008-2009, 2010- 2012

I would suggest simply writing 2008-2012.  It doesn't matter whether you were seasonal or not, you were at the same place.  I did that with dates once and it confused the interviewer a bit.

post #9 of 38
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I think pictures are important in a cake decorating job.

Yes! A portfolio is important for this type of job.

 

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I would suggest simply writing 2008-2012.  It doesn't matter whether you were seasonal or not, you were at the same place.  I did that with dates once and it confused the interviewer a bit.

After an interviewer asks for clarification, the deception is evident... Sorry, as an employer I find this unacceptable. I would toss that resume. 

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post #10 of 38

As a pastry chef I'd like to see more specifics mentioned then "vast array". Break out what type of pastries you made: breakfast pastries, fine dining plating, chocolate sculpture. I want to know what skills you already have.

 

You break out bread's specifically, do that with your pastries. There's a big difference between making laminated dough's and making entremets or ice creams, etc...

 

"Prepare daily orders for other restaurants on the property", like what? How was that different then preparing "vast array of pastries"?

 

It's fine to be seasonal, everyone in the culinary industry understands that and no one expects you (at this stage of your career) to have stayed a long time at any one job.

 

What's the job your applying to? Be specific on how you will be an asset to them. Do you already have the skills you'll need for the new position?

post #11 of 38
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I would suggest simply writing 2008-2012.  It doesn't matter whether you were seasonal or not, you were at the same place.  I did that with dates once and it confused the interviewer a bit.

Oops...I meant to add to write seasonal.  But If you are simply listing the employer and not the hours  it's not deceptive to write the dates only, at least not in the corporate world.

post #12 of 38
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I do want to be more specific on all of them, I just don't want it to be a book. I will rewrite them with your suggestions and post them back here.

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post #13 of 38
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I want to be more specific, for example with the action station. but I don't know how long is appropriate. and I say vast array twice, I feel silly about that.

Give them a clue as to what kind of action station you worked.....crepes, waffles, ice cream bar? When you mention "action station" are you saying you prepped it or you worked it? Working a crepe station for 1000 people is more impressive then setting up an ice cream bar for 10, etc... The employer will ask for more details if wanted, so you don't need to give every detail.

 

But let them know what your skill level is. Can I tell you to create and prep a crepe action station with 6 fillings for 1000 people and you know how to do that?

post #14 of 38
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I do want to be more specific on all of them, I just don't want it to be a book. I will rewrite them with your suggestions and post them back here.

I can't help you with grammar, punctuation or style, but I can tell you what I like to see on a resume's and what I know is just blowing smoke. Be genuine..............that's what I want on paper and in an employee.

post #15 of 38
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what about a portfolio portion? for pictures. what do you think of online portfolios?

 

I think pictures are important in a cake decorating job.


You could consider using a sidebar column for your most impressive cake photos on the resume... not tacky if it's small and made to resemble something like your personal letterhead.  I wouldn't link to anything online unless it pertains to awards, newsletters, competitions, accomplishments, videos, etc. which cannot be included.  Besides, many bakeries don't care to view photos of what you can do in your own time, they want to see what you can do for them in real-time production.

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