Jobs and Aptitudes
Target your job search in Hospitality
As we have seen in our previous blogs "Why Events needs Hospitality" and "Why Work in Hospitality", if you are looking to work in hospitality then you have lots of job opportunities to choose from. You can become part of a diverse, creative and vibrant industry.
Jobs are everywhere. If you thought that a job in hospitality would is a coin toss between being a chef or a waiter then it’s time to think again. There are sales, marketing and logistics opportunities to name but a few. In this article, we look at some of the not-so-obvious jobs on offer and ask where could you end up working?
When looking for a job, your first task is always to decide which area you want to work in. From there, you'll need to consider what type of role would work best for you. To help you decide, think about the answers to the following questions: What do you enjoy doing the most? What comes easy to you? Could you do it on a regular basis as your job?
To help you even further, you need to consider your aptitude or natural skill. So how do you do that? Here are three aptitudes that will be needed in all organisations regardless of size or industry sector.
We have labelled these aptitudes as; creative, logistics or sales. Looking at which one might just point you in the right direction as you decide which you like and which you don’t. In the long run, working out your aptitude now will help you target your job more effectively. There is no point in applying for a role that doesn’t interest or suit you.
You may be confident in all three aptitudes but for the purpose of your job search you may want to target jobs where your most dominant aptitude can be used. Before you decide let’s have a look at what we mean by them.
How creative are you? Do you sit and look at TV shows, websites or marketing campaigns and think you could have done a much better job. If so, then marketing could well be for you. Within marketing there are lots of opportunities and many different types of marketing roles. Marketing can include work such as; creating images, designs, writing compelling copy, developing websites, social media marketing, producing webinars etc. in fact there is a lot going on that you will never have a dull moment working in a marketing team. Organisations of all sizes and types are always needing to develop the awareness of their brand. After all without awareness people wouldn’t find the organisation or be able to buy its products or services.
Top Tip - If you want to be great at marketing you have to help your company stand out. It has to differ from its competition.
Maybe you are better at organising. You thrive when you have a lot of tasks that all need juggling. You probably like detail. Some people do. They are happiest when they have to look at Contracts or map processes or customer journeys. You will be good with dealing with people and diplomacy and problem solving will come to you easily. Delivering exceptional service will be one of your key motivators.
In a logistics role you could easily become an event organiser. If you decide to work in a conference venue, your role could be to make sure that everything is where it needs to be for your client to have a successful event.
Top Tip - You have to be able to work under pressure and thrive on it.
Some people love selling. They want to be the people that bring in the orders for the company to deliver. If you have a sales aptitude then you will have the ability to be able to make an argument for any product or service. If someone gave you a pen and said “sell me this pen” you would be able to quickly accept the challenge and convince the other person that this was the only pen for them and they should buy it. If that challenge fills you with fear then probably sales may not be for you.
There are always sales jobs around. Demand for people selling is always needed.
Top Tip - If you want to be great at sales then you have to be able to listen. You can talk all day about the products and services your organisation has to offer but if you are not listening to what your customer needs then you will not make a sale.
Firstly, you need to have a think about where the area in which you want to work and secondly you have to decide what your best aptitude is. Is it sales, creative or logistics? Once you have those questions answered you can then truly target your job search in hospitality.
There is no time to waste. It’s best to be specific and target rather than sending your CV to everyone.
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