The best hospitality career based on your personality
We know that many factors go into your job search, from salary and stability to location and professional development. But arguably one of the most important factors is enjoyment. Do you love your work, or are you just working to pay the bills?
Of course, you want to belong to the first category. That’s why we’ve analyzed four careers in the hospitality industry by personality—take a look and see which career best suits you!
1. Receptionist or Front Desk Associate
Being a receptionist or front desk associate will keep you in contact with clients all day (and night) long, which means it’s imperative that you can maintain high energy for long periods of time.
In addition, it’s a good fit for those who are naturally empathetic. When people come to you with questions or issues, they’ll be able to tell whether or not you’re genuinely interested in helping them (versus just “doing your job.”)
Finally, you should be highly organized, as you’ll be handling lots of details and juggling an unpredictable workload.
2. Event Manager
This role calls for a person who’s equally creative and analytical. First, you need to create memorable, high-quality experiences for your guests—a responsibility requiring a great deal of creative thinking. Yet at the same time, you must have a firm grasp of budgeting, scheduling and other logistics.
Also important? Strong communication skills. Managers are constantly working with outside vendors, their internal team, clients and potential clients.
3. Tourism Manager
If you’re passionate about travel, you’ll love being a tourism manager. After all, you’ll be raising awareness of amazing, exotic vacations and destinations—and getting paid to do it.
But along with a love for seeing the world, you should also have a talent for salesmanship. Much of your time will be spent liaising with employers or tour operators. If it’s the former, you’ll be helping them develop best tourism practices; if it’s the latter, you’ll be convincing them to bring their services to your area.
4. Restaurant Manager
It’s definitely essential for restaurant managers to be strong leaders. A huge factor in the restaurant’s success is whether or not the manager is inspiring unity, commitment and enthusiasm in his or her team. Without an intuitive understanding of what motivates people and how to tap into those motivations, even the best restaurants can founder.
However, it’s not enough to be a strong leader. You must also have a perfectionist personality. Restaurant managers should consistently push their staff to an extremely high level of service; that won’t happen if you’re satisfied with “great” rather than “excellent."