1 in 5 jobs would be created by the hospitality and travel industry in the coming years. So, the opportunities in the hospitality industry would be more than other industries. However, great jobs are like hot cakes which get sold and cold pretty quickly. Let’s suggest a few smart and effective ways to find hospitality jobs in this article.
The hospitality professionals need to be super smart in finding jobs in 2020.
We believe that traditional methods will give way to these smart job searching techniques in 2020 and beyond.
These are a blend of conventional wisdom and fresh methods to match up the pace set by the ever-changing landscape of the hospitality industry.
Thanks to the amazing response to our earliest post on Best Freelance Jobs online, we have decided to curate a post with a greater focus on smart ways to find conventional hospitality jobs.
According to a survey of 5000 job seekers by FastCompany in the USA, traditional job boards, LinkedIn and networking continue to rule the market.
These still work for a few but is on its way out. So, get out of these habits. Earlier the better for all hospitality job seekers.
1. Sell your skills Online and Offline for an excellent hospitality career
We mentioned bots doing a lot of screening for employers with automation. This is set to increase in future.
So, it’s important to be smarter than the artificial intelligence or machine learning-based bots.
Find the right company, the right boss and then match your skills with the desired job role.
Explore the skills that you have that can give you the competitive edge and use it both offline while you speak to people and online in CVs, social media profiles, cover letters etc.
Use your skill and sell them properly in your resume and on social media profiles to get through the robots or even human resource professionals.
Bot friendly resumes, as displayed in the below image by the business insider, must sell skills relevant to the job to beat the automated bots.
2. Using the Online Hospitality Job portals effectively
Hospitality jobs are going to be available in plenty.
To search hospitality jobs effectively you would still need ample support of the job portals.
One-click applications don’t work anymore. No HR team likes to be spammed by numerous applications.
The job boards like the one at this Global Hospitality Portal along with other popular hospitality job portals including services like LinkedIn, Glassdoor etc are still the best resources to know about fresh vacancies.
These job portals are using more and more of technology to filter and screen best candidates.
So, apply only to the most relevant jobs, try using a cover letter and customise cv for each job application.
Most of the hospitality employers still use job portals in some way or the other and it is useful to keep the updated profile in the most popular portals.
Let’s also mention here what’s not going to work in 2020 if you are looking for a great job in the hospitality industry.
What’s not a smart way to find hospitality jobs anymore?
- Sharing resumes with multiple Recruitment agencies and then relaxing would give no results.
This strategy doesn’t work any more especially in hospitality as technology has enabled almost all hospitality employers and hotels to have a personalised database and human resource team.
They want to hear from the candidates directly.
- One-click applications don’t work anymore.
You loved registering for the portal and then clicking 100 times in 3 minutes to apply to hundreds of jobs. Didn’t you?
Unfortunately, this would not give you results.
The Portals have changed and applications now require personalisation.
- Sending messages on social media or commenting on social media to all job posts is a futile effort.
Just commenting or messaging won’t work anymore.
The social media is crowded and everyone is being spammed.
Those who take out time to act differently win.
Step aside from the crowd.
Due to automation bots are taking place of recruiters.
CVs get shortlisted or rejected without even human interactions.
Thus a smarter approach to finding hospitality jobs is required in 2020. These are mentioned in this article.
3. Storytelling Technique – What’s your story?
If you need to keep shining in 2019 and beyond, you need to be a good storyteller. And mind you, the story should not look genuine, it should be genuine.
Behavioural aspects are now the most important thing employers look for in the prospective employees.
The belief is that skill can be developed if the environment, attitude and effort are in the right direction.
This is even more important in the hospitality industry where service and personalisation rank over skill sets.
Finding a job should be like your next project. Everyone has a story and your story should invoke the right emotions for the hiring manager or recruiters.
It is pretty much part of the communication and in 2020 and beyond a good storyteller will find easier passage towards an astonishing hospitality career.
Use the Star Storytelling method as explained in StarStorytelling Blog to plug in your right emotions in all the stories that would help you in your next career move.
4. Referrals – Start with Family and Friends
We have placed this at the last but this can be one of the best among the smart ways to find hospitality jobs in 2019.
The online space is so packed that people miss the connection out of technology boundaries.
People are ready to help and more than ever now. We just need to ask.
So step up and ask help from your family, colleagues and friends.
Your next hospitality job might just be through a referral. What more, you would also revive some old connection en-route your dream hospitality job.
5. Get moving- Participate in events and Job fairs (both online and offline)
You believed going to job fairs are old school things now. You are grossly mistaken if you think so.
Smaller Fairs are combining to form mega fairs. With more people online, offline events are no more congested and there are more chances to have a better network.
Human resource personnel like to meet people and these fairs are once again gaining in prominence.
So, in 2020 plan to meet more people and attend more events. However, don’t forget social distancing. The Covid-19 saga which has shaken the whole world will encourage more online events. However, that should not stop you from attending properly managed and reputed job fairs and events.
Take this as an opportunity and get moving to grab the best hospitality opportunity.
Here you go. Some of the smart and effective ways of finding hospitality jobs in 2020. The old click application system would not work anymore.
It’s all personalised now. Create a unique resume, sell your skills, network well and more. We have shared some conventional methods and added some unconventional tips to ensure we all stay on track as far as the hospitality career progression is concerned. We wish you every success in looking for your next hospitality job.