How to Get a Job in Hospitality

If you’re seeking out a job role in hospitality, then you’re at the right place!

hotel jobsWorking in hospitality can present itself with many benefits. For some, they can narrow down what they find most enjoyable to two main things: people and diversity.

Hospitality allows you meet all kinds of different individuals either through your colleagues or those whom you are looking after that each have diverse, cultured backgrounds. Again, the diverse work that you come across, especially during times of events, you will approach every day as a new challenge and, ultimately, be learning as you’re working!

Many hospitality employers have specific attributes they look for in potential candidates. The most common include:

  • A passion for the hospitality industry
  • Positive attitude towards their work and role – including genuine smiles
  • Possessing a certain level of humbleness as each level of hospitality offers something to learn because it’s such a dynamic industry

Tips for Applicants When Writing a Resume

Be specific: It is important to tailor your resume to the job role you are applying for. It may sound like a lot of effort, but we can assure you that that effort will be rewarded. If there is an included job description, try and refer back to it as much as possible in order to make it simpler for the recruiter a to match up your relevant skills to the role in which you are applying for.

Take applications seriously: Make time to compose a cover letter that is addressed to the recruiter or to the actual business explaining exactly why you want to work with them.

Keep it short: Your resume  should be no longer than two pages, anything more than that and it may be a little off-putting for an employer to read. Just think, employers will receive hundreds of applications a day so you will need to include all of the necessary information and keeping it to a maximum of two pages.

Attention to detail: If you list that you have ‘great attention to detail,’ ensure to put that skill into action, as there are many candidates that have claimed this ability yet have spelling mistakes throughout their resume or have incorrectly addressed their cover letter.

Formatting: Make your presentation clear and professional. Your resume will need to be visually appealing in order for a recruiter to want to read it.

Interview Advice

  • Make an effort to arrive no sooner that 10 minutes earlier to your interview
  • Presentation – there is age-old advice that says to dress for the role above the one you are applying for. Know the brand and dress accordingly
  • Suggested wear for males is a collared shirt and appropriate shoes – no trainers
  • Suggested wear for females is smart trousers and a blouse or a mid-skirt or dress
  • Make eye contact with your interviewer
  • Be aware of your posture
  • If you’re feeling nervous and have shaking hands, keep them folded in your lap
  • Express how passionate you are for the industry. Employers are looking for passionate individuals who will be willing to get the job done
  • Research the company prior to interview so you’re prepared if you receive any unexpected questions about the business

Extra Advice

If you have little to no experience in the industry but are looking for a role within hospitality, you will need to know how to sell yourself to that role. To do this, you will need to look for key aspects in your present role that can be applied to the role in which you are applying.

Make a mental note that you are likely to begin from the bottom and then will have to work your way to the position you desire.

Working in hospitality can be incredibly rewarding, James Webber Hospitality Recruitment have excellent interview advice and can help you find your perfect role within hospitality.