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The hospitality industry is undoubtedly one of the vastest that you’ll find.  Whether you want to get into the casino business, manage hotels, or cook amazing meals in one of the top restaurants in the world, you’ll thrive with some level of education or training in hospitality.

But what makes a job search in hospitality successful?  How do you narrow down your job searches when there are so many from which to choose?  There are several ways to find the success you deserve in any rewarding hospitality field, especially if you have some helpful tips under your belt.

Research Which Fields Are Booming

Most people who study hospitality have a focus that guides their job search; however, there are times when career options can overlap due to the nature of the industry itself.  For instance, you might have a background in hotel management but find that you can also work in casinos because many double as hotels.

So use your versatility to your advantage as you explore which fields are booming.  Depending on your background, you might find that casinos, cruise ships, and even schools and hospitals have a lot of opportunities for individuals with a hospitality background.

Seek Employers That Match Your Expectations

Job seekers always concern themselves with the expectations of employers.  But to increase your chances of happiness in a job, it’s a good idea to ensure that companies you consider for employment also meet your expectations.

So try looking for organizations, companies, or brands that exemplify what you would look for when dining out, visiting a casino, or staying in a lodging facility.  If the location is clean and the staff is positive and friendly, this could be a sign that you will thrive in this setting.

Write a Convincing Resume

Once you’ve found employers and opportunities you are excited about, it’s time to write some amazing resumes that convince them to call you in for an interview where you can really shine.  Each resume that you write should be tailored to the company you hope to work for, addressing the qualifications each is looking to fulfill.  Since you have already conducted research to determine which companies you like, you can do a better job of pinpointing your own experience and training that match each company’s requirements.

Exercise Patience

While hospitality is one industry that seems to stay afloat and often has a large number of employment opportunities, competition is still steep.  So as you apply for jobs, be sure to exercise patience and keep an open mind about jobs that you may not have envisioned for yourself originally but provide great opportunities for growth.

Hospitality is an amazing industry that offers wonderful career options.  With the right tips in your corner, you’re sure to enjoy a successful career in the industry you love.

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Jessica Hernandez, President, CEO & Founder of Great Resumes Fast

Hi, I’m Jessica. I started this company back in 2008 after more than a decade directing hiring practices at Fortune 500 companies.

What started as a side hustle (before that was even a word!) helping friends of friends with their resumes has now grown into a company that serves hundreds of happy clients a year. But the personal touch? I’ve kept that.

You might have seen me featured as a resume expert in publications like Forbes, Fast Company, and Fortune. And in 2020, I was honored to be named as a LinkedIn Top Voice of the year!

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  1. Alan on December 7, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    The one thing I have noticed about the hospitality industry is that it does not seem to advertise many admin vacancies. The nearest to this is reception, the posts for which I have applied many times, but unfortunately can’t even get an interview.

  2. Harry on December 25, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Well written article offering good advice.

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