Thinking of a career in the hospitality industry? You’ve made an excellent choice. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the hospitality industry is expected to see double-digit increases in wage and salary employment through 2014.
But where should you start?
Whether your career aspirations are to work as a sous chef, a catering event manager or a general manager for a major hotel chain, you have to start by getting that first hospitality job. No matter what side of the hospitality industry interests you, use these tips to break into the field:
Sell yourself. Know what sets you apart – what makes you worth bringing on board. Before you start your hospitality job search, spend some time developing a short (20 – 30 second) personal sales pitch that summarizes your skills, experience and those unique qualities that make you ideally suited to work in hospitality.
Share your vision. Distinguish yourself from other hospitality job seekers by sharing your vision for your hospitality career. Don’t just think of yourself in terms of an entry-level job; visualize where you want to be in your career five years from now. Create a long-term success plan for yourself, outlining your career goals and defining the steps for achieving them. When you interview, share your career goals with your potential employer.
Understand the hospitality ladder. Most people who rise through the ranks of hospitality management start out with entry-level jobs like washing dishes, cleaning rooms or answering phones. These jobs are important because they build character and provide the opportunity to learn the industry from the ground up. So realize that it’s okay to start small. Set your sights on an entry-level position, knowing you can work your way up from there.
Register with Penguin Staff. If you want to break into the hospitality industry, Penguin Staff can provide access to great on-call and temporary hospitality assignments. Working as a Penguin employee can help you get your foot in the door with a great hospitality employer, build your resume, and provide opportunities to network and uncover additional employment leads. Through a partnership with HTI, we also offer comprehensive hospitality training. Take the next step in your hospitality career by contacting Penguin today.