“I’ve got no skills! How am I going to qualify for a job in that Hotel?” This is a common thought amongst people wanting a job within Hospitality, particularly young people who don’t see how their practical skills will translate to our real world of Hotels? (read on or wtach the video)
But if you ever worry about your skills not being attractive to Hoteliers, you shouldn’t. First of all, nobody likes a grump … A Hospitality Manager wants a positive outlook and an air of confidence, so always remain positive – more importantly, however, is the fact that you do have skills. You just don’t recognise them.
Experts who study trends in Recruitment find that most companies, regardless of size or industry, look for the same basic skills – Transferable Skills when hiring. Believe it or not, you are most likely to have already developed these Transferable Skills during school. They include:
- Critical Thinking: Seeing the big picture and being analytical; comprehending what you read.
- Communication: Getting your point across effectively when writing and speaking.
- Visionary Qualities: Brainstorming, looking to the future, setting yourself goals.
- Self-Motivation: Showing a willingness to take the initiative.
- Proficiency with Information: Being inquisitive, curious and resourceful, knowing how to conduct research.
- Being Globally-Minded: Understanding and showing an interest in other cultures and getting along with diverse groups of people.
- Teamwork: Working well with others to achieve common goals.
Chances are, you possess a number of these critical Transferable Skills. Once you realize you are very skilled, you’ll be better able to sell yourself to Hotels and other Hospitality employers as exactly the type of candidate they want? Anyone who can survive their difficult family, participate in sports or tackle other challenges of youth deserves a job?
Let’s say you want to go into Hotels … Are you destined for failed interviews because of your lack of work experience? Not at all! The critical thinking and Transferable Skills you’ve already developed will make a great impression on prospective employers if you let them know?
Don’t forget the negotiation and money management skills you demonstrated as teenager. And to further build your Transferable Skill set, the meals you used to prepare for your family and how hygienically clean you used to keep your family house?
Except in fields requiring technical expertise, like being a Chef or an engineer of computers, Hotels will hire you for your ability to think, communicate and get along well with other people – your Transferable Skills. Then often they will train you with the specific skills that you need?
Of course, if you’ve already developed some job-specific knowledge through work experience, an internship, summer job or class, you’ll be an even more attractive candidate!