Whether you are just out of school or a little later on in your professional life, job-hunting can be a real minefield. This is especially true in the ever-changing world of hospitality. However, at Hospitality Post, we are here to help, below sharing our top job-hunting tips for hospitality professionals.
While a bit of an obvious point, you will need to ensure your CV is up-to-date and looking the best it possibly can when searching for hospitality jobs online. With such vacancies being highly in-demand, you will need to do all you can to separate yourself from other candidates. Here are just a few ways to ensure your CV provides you with the best chance of being recruited.
Cover Letter – Though not compulsory, Cover Letters are a great way of adding something extra to your application, showing potential employers that you are serious about this particular vacancy and not just applying for any job put your way. Going into detail about your suitability for the role and what you can add to the business, your Cover Letter offers a blank canvas for you to communicate your passion and personality through.
Introduction – When it comes to the CV itself, you need to remember that employers receive, on average, 200 applications per vacancy. This often means that they won’t have the time to go through each with a fine toothcomb. As a result, you must grab their attention from the offset, stating who you are and what you can do in your introduction. While it can be easy to write reams and reams of content, we advise you keep it sharp and snappy.
Relevant experience – Though you may have had over twenty jobs in your lifetime, you must ask yourself ‘are they all relevant to this employer?’. If the answer is no, then we recommend not going into too much detail. In our opinion, it is only worth providing a breakdown of responsibilities of jobs that will help paint a picture of your suitability for the role in which you are applying for.
Design and layout – Regarding the aesthetics of your CV, there is no harm in getting creative. When thinking of how many CVs recruiters receive, standing out is always the aim. However, always ensure your CV is in a digestible format and can be easily downloaded on all devices.
With young professionals in particular, the search for career opportunities is constant, with a ‘job for life’ being far less familiar. This is why in recent years, the worlds of social media and recruitment have collided, with both recruiters and candidates using Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and the likes to find each other. So, from a job-hunting point of view, you must ensure all of your open accounts are representing you in a light in which you are happy with. With recruiters often searching ‘Social CVs’ when making decisions on candidates, you may want to give your profiles the once over before clicking that ‘apply’ button.
With the competitive nature of the hospitality job market, you will need to ensure you are prepared for an interview if and when you’re invited for one. Here are a few things you may wish to consider:
As a lot of effort has gone into getting you to this point, it’s important that you make the most of the day of your interview. Firstly, do not let nerves deter you from showing the real you. Remember, you wouldn’t have been asked in for an interview if they hadn’t seen something they like. Before heading to the location of your interview, go over your interview preparation notes, ensuring they are fresh in your mind.
It is always advisable to turn up early for the interview. However, arriving too early can suggest you have not quite mastered time management. So, 10-15 minutes in advance is just fine.
After the interview, you will no doubt be by the phone and refreshing your emails waiting for an answer. But, you must remember that employers will be rather busy and could take a while to get back to you. This is why it’s a good idea to send a follow up email, stating why you want the job and why you will be a great fit. By doing so you will show your proactive nature; something that could separate you from the rest of those interviewed for the role.