The global hotel industry enjoys a total revenue of $457bn, so it’s easy to see why people seek careers within it – to enjoy competitive rates of pay, clear career ladders and the chance to reap the rewards.
Salaries are a strong point when it comes to the industry, with hotel management on average taking home £33,960 a year, sous-chefs £26,588 and receptionists earning £19,698, according to reed.co.uk. The median for gross annual earnings in the country at the last count was £27,200, so roles within the industry fall close to this band.
If you are considering applying for a job in the hotel industry, then here’s everything you need to know:
- Being a people person is a must
Working in the hotel industry means keeping people happy, whether you are looking for caterer jobs in a top chain or want to manage the spa in a local establishment, so you need excellent communication skills and the ability to put a positive spin on anything.
- You might need qualifications
For job roles higher on the career ladder within the hotel industry you may be required to hold certain qualifications, which could mean a diploma or foundation degree in leisure and tourism to an undergraduate degree.
If you’re serious about making a name for yourself in the hotel industry it’s a good idea to obtain a qualification that provides you with the ins-and-outs of the industry.
- You definitely require the following skills
- Time management
- Industry knowledge
- Buckets of enthusiasm
- You need to know where your expertise lies
There are so many options and paths when it comes to working in the hotel industry that you need to be sure you’re applying for the right role. You’ve got a lot to choose from including catering, health and fitness, entertainment and leisure, food service, management, conferences and events… just to name a few.
However, it is an industry that offers you the chance to swap and change roles, so you could start on the welcome desk then move into the spa when an opportunity arises.
- You’ll need to be prepared to start low and gain experience
When it comes to the hotel industry you can’t simply walk into a management position. Hotels rely on high quality service and loyalty of customers (as well as good prices) to boost sales, so you need to see how everything works from the bottom rung before you climb to the top. You’ll get there, but not within the first few months.
- The industry doesn’t offer any 9-5 jobs
Most hotels work on a shift basis, so if you’re looking for an office job this is not the industry for you. Expect to work relatively long hours, at different times of the day and at weekends.
When it comes to applying for a job in the hotel industry it can be treated in the same way as any other – ensure you have the correct qualifications and don’t waste time applying for jobs that you don’t fit into. Good luck!
This post is in association with Benjamin Campbell