Tips To Finding Hospitality Jobs
But… How do you get the job if you don’t have the experience?
And… How do you get the experience if you are not in a job?
Well there is no simple answer, however there are some things to consider when you approach employers of hospitality venues for employment.
Tips for getting great hospitality jobs
Tip # 1: Use a short course to gain some skills
Firstly doing a short course is a good start. True, you won’t learn all there is to know and your skills will still need to be honed, but it will achieve a lot for you. By taking the time (and making some sort of financial commitment) to train does evidence to an employer that you are serious about wanting to work in the industry.
Of course, it is important to not overstate your abilities but at the interview you should able to ‘talk the talk’, verbalise what you have learnt and your keenness to develop your skills. Always be prepared to or even offer to do a trial shift at no cost to the employer.
Tip # 2: Build your experience
Secondly don’t target employers you know who need highly skilled staff, eg bar staff in a high end cocktail bar or wait staff in a fine dining restaurant. It does take time to develop the experience for this kind of work.
There are employers such as Pinnacle, Zenith or Fresh Events and Staffing who have large data bases of staff and are responsible for fielding staff into sporting, corporate or festival events. Although they do prefer experience but given they need large numbers of people on their books it can be easier to get on board, just have your RSA, some basic training and also access to reliable transport.
Tip # 3: Get started and move up from there
Of course a lot of the time it’s about being in the right place at the right time but persistence is important.
If you really want to work in the industry, hospitality jobs are there, just don’t be too fussy about where you initially start out, you can always move on as your experience increases.