Keep an eye out for five trends that will help you excel in your job search.
By Angela Rose for Hcareers.com
The hospitality job market is continually growing. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, leisure and hospitality employers added 39,000 U.S. jobs last year, and the BLS expects the industry will employ more than 15 million professionals by 2020. As demand for restaurant and hotel general managers, chefs, waiters and waitresses, housekeeping, and front desk attendants has increased, employers and recruiters have begun exploring more efficient and effective ways to connect with candidates.
Hospitality job seekers have changed their approach in response. From resumes and cover letters to job search tools, consider the following emerging trends recently uncovered at the Global Career Brainstorming Day hosted by the Career Thought Leaders Consortium.
1. Candidates need resumes in a variety of formats.
There is a great deal of variety to be found in the hospitality job application process. While some employers prefer emailed resumes, others ask job seekers to enter information into applicant tracking systems. Recruiters—frequently used by hotels and restaurants searching for management professionals—prefer documents that can be viewed on smartphones. Printed resumes are essential as handouts at networking events, job fairs, and interviews.
2. Video and infographic resumes are becoming more common.
Younger hospitality job seekers—particularly those of the millennial generation—prefer dynamic media to static words on paper. Some are turning to video biographies and infographic resumes as a way to stand out from the crowd of professionals looking for work. These tools allow for a uniquely personal approach to communicating one’s brand. You can also use them to enhance a traditional resume, social media profile, or email signature block.
3. An online presence is essential in the job search.
Everyone from bussers to catering managers knows what they post online can influence their career—either positively or negatively—for years. However, the savvy among them are using this to their advantage and attracting hospitality employer attention as a result. You must build your online presence carefully with thoughtful contributions to industry discussions, a personal website that showcases your experience and achievements, and social media profiles free from potentially damaging comments and images.
4. Who you know continues to be important as well.
Companies—including hotels and restaurants—are increasingly turning to employee referrals when they need to hire. Because these candidates tend to be a better cultural fit and stay with the organization longer, hiring referred job seekers actually saves employers money in the long term. Whether you’re a sous chef or a maintenance worker, cultivating relationships with other professionals who work where you want to work can eventually pay off.
5. Job boards continue to be useful job search tools.
Niche job boards—such as Hcareers—are still a popular way for hospitality professionals and hotel and restaurant employers to connect. In addition to posting a resume to enhance your online presence, you can use an industry job board to apply for available positions at hotels and restaurants nationwide. Informational articles, hospitality employer data, free resume templates, and the Hcareers Salary Center will further augment your job search.
Want to know more about emerging job search trends relevant to any industry? Review the Career Thought Leaders Consortium’s white paper from Global Career Brainstorming Day at www.careerthoughtleaders.com/whitepaper.
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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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