In Part I of Resume Nightmares, I laid out the scenario from reality shows like “The Profit,” “Kitchen Nightmares,” and “Bar Rescue,” where strong statements from the shows’ stars harshly attack product (food and/or service) and owners:
- “I’m 100% in charge.”
- “This food is crap!”
- “You can’t keep doing this.”
- “You’re deluded!”
The “Kitchen Nightmares” ModelIn “Kitchen Nightmares,” Gordon Ramsey focuses first on the quality of the food. While he notices and is often distracted by, the condition of the restaurant, he temporarily puts that aside to sample the food. Job seekers should hope that HR and hiring managers will “put aside” a poorly constructed resume, but it’s unlikely. Ramsey than does a reasonably thorough sampling of the menu. He asks about “specials,” he asks “what do you recommend?” He orders things directly relevant to the cuisine of the restaurant – just like someone reviewing a resume is looking for something directly related to the needs of the organization. Ramsey’s improvements almost always call for:
- Simplified, clearly defined food.
- Clean, uncluttered spaces.