Summer is soon upon us, so bring on dining out on patios, large events with family and friends, and seasonal festivals. But while you are looking forward to relaxing summer days, employers in the hospitality industry are preparing for a busy season of restaurant customers, family weddings, large scale events, and increased tourist traffic.
Now is the perfect time to get out there if you are looking for a job in hospitality. Employers will need their staff in place before the busy days arrive with increased tourism.
The focus is on customer service in the hospitality industry, and employers will be checking resumes for employees who can work flexible hours and thrive in this busy environment.
You can beef up your resume with certifications such as Serve it Right Saskatchewan, WHMIS or Food Handler Certification. Many certifications can be done on line, and can help give you the edge you need to land your next job.
If you are new to this industry, you can sell your transferable skills: what experience do you have that will make you a great fit for the new direction you wish to take?
Which facet of this industry appeals to you?
Serving staff is needed for restaurants, hotels, and banquet halls. As a server, your helpful, polished approach to customer service is the asset you need to sell when you get a face-to-face interview.
Do you enjoy food preparation? There are kitchens that are looking for an individual like you, so promote your ability to contribute to a team of kitchen staff.
If you enjoy working with the public in an administrative role, the front desk of a hotel might be where you shine. Checking in guests and settling accounts will require you to be professional and friendly.
In the hospitality industry, your new employer is counting on you to ensure their guest has a great experience. Why not take your resume to the right person today, and go in with a genuine smile?
Watch for the next YWCA Employer Meet and Greet event for another great way to connect with employers. Our Employer Feature stories appear on our website blog and social media channels.
The YWCA Employment & Learning Centre helps women and men acquire skills and create personal goals for employment.
By Pamela McKay
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