5 Deadly Errors That Can Kill A Job Search
Stop wasting valuable time by avoiding five hotel job search errors.
By Angela Rose for Hcareers.com
Home is where the heart is. Yet every day, across the nation, hundreds of thousands of hotel employees pour their hearts into creating homes away from home for vacationers and business travelers. If you intend to join them, you’ll need to stop making these five hotel job search errors first.
1. You are spending time on the wrong job boards.
Do you spend most of your time searching the big job boards and wading through thousands of listings for positions in industries that do not interest you? Many job seekers do, and their methods are inefficient to say the least. As a hotel professional, you’ll find your next position faster if you target your job search. Niche job boards, like Hcareers.com, are perfect for building your hospitality career. You’ll find openings for desk clerks, housekeeping, administration, maintenance, management and more at hotels, motels and resorts across the country.
2. You are not treating your job search like job.
If you want to find your next position quickly and efficiently, you have to treat your job search like a job—so stay on top of it. Set aside time to review job postings, network with professionals in your field, follow up with potential employers and further your job search every day. Answer your phone whenever it rings, even if you don’t recognize the number. You may have to take a few political surveys, but at least you won’t miss a job related call. You should also check your email frequently and respond to any communication from potential employers promptly.
3. You are submitting generic resumes.
Hotel hiring managers are scanning dozens upon dozens of resumes. Make sure yours stands out from the crowd. This means customizing each resume and cover letter. Highlight pertinent experience and skills. Insert ‘key words’ used from the job description. Customize the content of your cover letter with the hotel’s name and information you gathered during your research.
4. You are showing up unprepared.
You should never ‘wing’ an interview. For best results, prepare in two ways. First, research the hotel. You need to know their markets, history, executives and recent news. You can then impress the hiring manager by asking questions that illustrate this knowledge. Second, practice your answers to the most common interview questions, including behavioral ones. You’ll need to be ready to tell captivating yet succinct stories about how you’ve handled past successes and failures in the workplace.
5. You are not keeping your options open.
If you ace the interview, that’s great—but it does not guarantee a job offer will follow. Sometimes companies put hiring ‘on hold’ or decide to fill a job internally. Othen times, another candidate turns out to be an even better fit. Continue with your job search even if you think an offer may be eminent. You’ll avoid wasting valuable time waiting by the phone.
The number of hotel jobs continues to increase. Conduct your search correctly and you’ll eventually find the right position, whether you’re new to the industry or a seasoned professional. Check the Hcareers.com job board frequently for new hotel, motel and resort employment opportunities.
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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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