New Trend in 2013: Hotel Career Advancement
By Angela Rose, Hcareers.com
The approaching New Year means New Year’s resolutions for many. Millions of Americans will resolve to lose weight, exercise more, stop smoking or otherwise improve their physical or mental health. Unfortunately, studies have shown that only 75 percent of them will stick to those resolutions for a full week. Sixty-four percent may make it one month, while only 46 percent will still be on track in June.
Instead of joining the throngs of repetitive resolvers, make a resolution you can keep this year—one that will change your hotel career for the better. Resolve to pursue a promotion or advancement, and then put these tips to work.
Positive people are happy people. And studies have shown that happy people are often healthier people. They are also more energetic—and better liked than their negative peers. Whether you work a high-stress front-of-the-line hotel job or are a behind-the-scenes dealmaker, stay positive. Happy, healthy and energetic is a killer combination, and one that is almost certain to attract the right kind of attention—and, therefore, success.
Contribute to the bottom line
The economy is improving, but some hotel employers are still feeling the pinch of the recession. Become a ‘cash cow’ and increase your value. There are many ways to do this. You can find ways to work more efficiently. You can find ways to work more accurately. You can exercise ingenuity in problem solving. You can make suggestions to increase hotel revenue and decrease overhead. If you’re successful at this, your boss will certainly notice.
Expand your horizons
If you were drawn to a career in hospitality, you’re most likely skilled at customer service. However, there’s a good chance you have untapped abilities that could be of use in the hotel setting as well. Figure out what they are, and then ask your supervisor for additional responsibilities. You could also request cross-training opportunities. You’ll increase your value to your employer—and valuable employees are the ones most often promoted.
Become the best
Regardless of what you do, do it better than anyone else. If you run the front desk, make sure every guest has a fabulous check-in experience. If you manage the housekeeping staff, turn them into the most efficient team the hotel has ever seen. If you work in the kitchen, make every dish a masterpiece. You get the idea. There’s only one ‘best’ professional in any department—and he or she will be the one promoted.
If you’re working for a smaller establishment, you may eventually find yourself at the top of the ladder with nowhere else to go—unless you pursue outside opportunities. Start networking now. Join a local group of hospitality professionals. Attend conferences. Follow top hotel executives on Twitter. Spend some time engaging in discussions on industry-related forums. You may meet the person who will open the door to your next position.
Are you ready to make 2013 the best year (so far) in your hotel career? Implement these tips and check the Hcareers job board regularly for new hotel positions around the country. You may find that landing a new opportunity is easier than losing five pounds gained over the holidays.
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About the Author
Angela Rose researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues for Hcareers.com.
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