6 Very Unusual and Creative Hotel Jobs
Travel is inseparable from innovation. Moving about for business or pleasure has been the driving force behind cultural change as far back as we can imagine. In terms of new ideas, fresh approaches and evolving norms, brainstorming has always taken a distant second to barnstorming. For creative and innovative individuals, hotel careers are starting to include some really unusual jobs that go way beyond the worlds of front desk clerks and maids.
The Department of Labor recently announced that the pay for hotel jobs is expected to grow 16 percent over the next decade, which is a much higher rate than the average pay increase across all industries. However, due to the decreasing cost of high quality video communication and the increasing cost of travel, hotels must work harder for differentiation to hold onto customers. Loyalty programs aren't enough in a hypercompetitive global marketplace. The latest projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that hotel related jobs will continue to grow over the next decade, but hotel management jobs are shrinking. Where is the new growth coming from? It will come in the form of some truly original, some might say odd, professions that have never existed before.
Now is a great time to get into the hotel business for those with the flexibility to work in new and original ways. Before setting off on the same old boring hotel job search, consider something outside the box. These jobs are perfect for creative job-seekers who like the idea of setting the standards for an entirely new industry. Because these professional categories are so new, it is relatively easy to excel and become a legend among frequent travelers. Here are six of the latest exclusive hotel jobs that few people have even imagined.
1. Sleep Concierge
Hotel rooms are essentially bedrooms, so getting a good rest should be a top priority. For New York's The Benjamin, sleep is a guarantee. They back it up with a Sleep Concierge to assess sleeping habits and recommend the perfect pillow, including one that plays lullabies and a memory foam pillow designed by NASA.
2. YouTube Concierge
What good is a vacation if you can't brag about it? Job seekers with YouTube skills should take a look at the San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino. Up to 30 seconds of professional video on a hand-held camera can be shot and posted for generating maximum envy among friends and family.
3. Pigeon Chaser
How do you take care of a mansion and a 280-year-old Shiva temple? If you are the Oberoi Rajvilas in India, one of the top 5 hotels in the world according to Travel+Leisure magazine, you have a pigeon chaser to preserve the royal tents and villas. The only skills required are a love of art and the ability to waive a long pole with a flag on the end of it.
4. Water Sommelier
Water is life and an expert in the art of living should know which mineral waters enhance which meals. Those with a very fine palate can excel at pairings of meals with a water list at the Regent Berlin. Guests can also enjoy the spa life at the Regent's saunas, massage rooms and beauty treatment centers.
5. Candle Lighter
Acolytes have been central to the Italian culture for hundreds of years. Now Le Sirenuse along the Amalfi Coast has enshrined the tradition by hiring someone to light the 450 candles in the La Sponda restaurant every night. It takes patience, dedication and a very reliable lighter.
6. Running Concierge
With healthcare becoming a concern for the corporate world, Westin Resorts have partnered with New Balance sneakers to make sure business travelers are keeping fit while eating out every night on the road. Staff members lead guests on short runs through the local neighborhood, pointing out the highlights and touristy spots along the way. Fitness buffs can now look beyond the local gym for work that gives them a workout.
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