Is Your Hospitality Resume Too Broad?
By Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, Expert Resume Writer
As a proud member of the hospitality field, you know that there is a wide variety of industries that you can dabble in and find success. Whether your focus is hotel/casino, restaurant, food service, timeshare, travel, or attractions, you have your choice of a multitude of great careers to prosper in.
Many people in hospitality select one industry to study then follow it their entire career. But what if you've taken an interest in more than one industry and are open to applying for jobs in two or more? How do you create a resume that reflects your skill sets? Does focusing on more than one make your resume too broad?
Focusing on One Industry Per Resume Is Best
As with any job seeker who has experience in more than one industry, it's good for a person in hospitality to focus on one industry at a time when writing resumes. Whether you're writing a resume to post on a job board or plan to submit to one specific job, your goal should always be to create a targeted resume that reflects the job you hope to acquire.
This doesn't mean that you can't seek jobs in multiple industries. But when writing your resumes, you want focus on one industry at a time. For instance, if you have experience as both a hotel/casino and food services manager, you could create one resume that zeroes in on hotel/casino management with mention of your food services background and vice versa.
The only time you might consider mixing both in a way where one industry isn't strongly favored over the other is if a hotel or casino is looking for a manager with extensive food services experience.
Take Time to Brand Yourself in Your Chosen Industry
If you really do prefer one industry over another, then it's a good idea to make an effort to develop your personal brand within that industry. Set up your LinkedIn account that lists your experience in that industry. Create a Twitter profile that more deeply establishes your brand (e.g., @JohnDoeExecutiveChef). Also, you could start a blog that discusses your experiences in the industry.
After you've developed your brand, don't be shy about listing all of this information in your resume as links. This will help recruiters and hiring managers understand more clearly what your contributions are to the industry you love.
Recruiters and hiring managers are looking for specific skills, education, and accomplishments in a resume when considering candidates, and you don't want yours to be turned down because it's too general. So if you're seeking jobs in multiple industries or multiple jobs within one industry, consider narrowing your focus as much as possible to increase your chances of being hired.
About the Author
Jessica Hernandez, is a resume authority for the Job Talk America radio program and multi-published expert author for resume, career, and job search publications. She boasts more than ten years in human resources management and hiring for Fortune 500 companies and utilizes her extensive experience to support job seekers in their quest to move onward and upward in their careers. Find out more at Great Resumes Fast.