Okay... so we have our house on the market, we are searching for a new home, and in June my current job ends and I have to find something else. Right now, starting a cake business from home seems overwhelming so I'm searching for a "real job" in a bake shop.
I sent photos and a short e-mail to several bakeries. I just got a response from one. They said
Thanks for your pictures and email Stacey. If you could forward a resume including any bakery work related history that would be great. Our business is growing and there may be a need for extra help.
I have NO bakery experience and no bakery resume. My resume consists of administrative work, childcare, and graphic design. How do I do this? I'm a hobbyist that wants to decorate cakes for someone. I feel so inadequate when it comes to tackling this.
I'd be thrilled with any help or guidance you can give me. Thanks guys!!
So, I think you should be honest in saying that you have no current bakery experience, but you are experienced in areas that may be useful for their establishment.
administrative= helping out in other areas non-cake related,
childcare= knowing how to deal with bridezillas & other childlike people. If you can deal with kids you can deal with just about everyone. Your people skills are excellent
graphic design= you approach decorating a cake differently due to your graphic design knowledge, and may be able to extend their realm of what they offer currently
Take your skills, and work with them, but be honest about not having "bakery experience".
Was the position for a "cake decorator/designer" or for "bakery help"? I would think there would be a big difference between the two.
Well, Stacy, you're in luck - this Cakester is also a Human Resources Manager.
You want to do a functional resume - one that focuses on your skills rather than previous job experience. Start your resume with your objective, and then list your areas of expertise in a bullet format, such as:
Areas of Expertise:
Modeling Clay figures
Yadda, yadda, yadda.
Then list your relevant coursework:
Wilton Classes I, II, III, IV
Blah, blah, blah
And then for experience, list:
Your last 2 jobs or so. I'd include the graphic design - because there's a lot you can translate from that to cakes, ya know?
Insert more intelligent language in place of the blah, blah, blah, yadda yadda yadda. But gives you the idea on where to go
A good resume should only about 1 page, so don't freak out and think it's too short.
Feel free to PM me and I'm happy to help you out.