Refocusing on Hospitality Recruiting
Borrowing From Back to School
By Zoe Connolly Co-Founder & Managing Director, Hospitality Spotlight | September 04, 2016
As the summer draws to a close, and many seasonal getaways get ready to wrap their busy-season, the Back-to-School phenomenon kicks itself into high-gear. While kids will get new clothes, haircuts, shoes, notebooks and backpacks,job seekers should do the same (all right, maybe they don't need the Hello Kitty lunchbox). And just like teachers are getting their classrooms set up with new activities for their incoming class, the end of the summer is a great time for hoteliers to refocus their recruiting efforts, gearing up for their next incoming group of team members.
So in the spirit of Back-to-School, here are the things that hotels and candidates looking for employment in hospitality should consider as we enter the fall.
On the Candidate Side (Student)
Refresh that resume - Whether you're a returning college student hoping to
take on a part time role, or, as readers of Hotel Executive, someone looking
for something a little more senior, the reality is that most people perform
very little maintenance on their resumes. If time has passed for you, there
are a few things you might want to consider Have you learned something new,
taken a class, received an award, been given new tasks or managerial
responsibilities? Each of these may be things you can add to your resume.
You may also want to check out the formatting and/or drop unnecessary
information. Submitting an old resume with unnecessary info is like showing
up to a new class with a full notebook with last year's notes. And while it
might not be a new lunch box or pencil case, the results of a resume refresh
can be extraordinary.
Updating profiles - It isn't just your resume that could use a refresh. Your
social profiles may very well be in need of a new 'do. If you've updated
your resume, the heavy lifting is likely done on this front. You can
copy/paste a lot of what you've written, or to be more effective, write a
synopsis for each role you've had for LinkedIn. Focus more on achievements
than job specs, and be certain to keep it simple. For networks outside of
LinkedIn, (especially) if you're searching for a new role, make sure that
the photos you've got posted publicly, including your profile picture, make
you look like a candidate people would want to hire. Potential employers are
going to Google you. Be certain that the risque pics from the summer's
ending pool party aren't the first thing they see.
Find a new club - In school, you could pick up an instrument and join the
marching band. You could try out for a team, or go for a part in a play. In
short, schools manufactured opportunities for you to meet new people and try
new things. The real world doesn't work this way, but for job seekers
looking to recreate the magic, there is plenty of opportunity to do so. Look
into new networking opportunities, both professional and social (sports or
hobbies) and play. You never know where the next position will come from.