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The Anatomy of a Great Hospitality Industry Resume
23rd Apr, 2018 / Articles

The hospitality industry is notoriously competitive. With hundreds of hospitality programs cropping up in universities around the world, along with a wide variety of both national and international employee recruiting programs, it is important to highlight your skills and experience successfully. Designing an informative, attractive, and professional industry resume that shows your potential employers what you are capable of contributing is challenging -- but it can be done. In this article, we will offer a few helpful tips and tricks.

 

Resume tip #1: Every skill is relevant in the hospitality industry.

Are you new to the hospitality industry? Have you spent a significant amount of time working in other fields? Here is some great news: if you answered yes to either of these questions, you actually have a unique advantage. As Hospitality Management points out, the hospitality industry is very open in this respect.

The hospitality industry requires an incredibly diverse set of skills. Ensuring that guests are always happy means performing different types of tasks every day. So if you have experience working in the food industry, or as a secretary, or a florist, or virtually any other profession, include it in your resume. While other industries might favor a more concise resume that is strictly focused on a narrowly defined skill set, the hospitality industry values and rewards an incredibly diverse range of talents. Take advantage of this, and let your unique work experiences provide a special and memorable flair to your resume.

 

Resume tip #2: Make your cover letter stand out.

Cover letters appear to be going out of style, and in fact many job offerings no longer require cover letters to be included at all. Regardless, we recommend submitting your resume with a cover letter unless you are explicitly instructed otherwise. There are several reasons for this:

  • Writing a cover letter shows that you are dedicated, professional, and attentive to detail -- and this alone warrants writing a cover letter when applying to jobs in any industry. The hospitality industry in particular, however, tends to require the aforementioned character traits.
  • Moreover, a great personality and strong writing skills are also musts in the industry, and a cover letter is a great way to allow your personality and your writing skills to shine.

 

Resume Tip #3: Be specific about your accomplishments.

When describing your academic and professional careers, be as specific as possible. HR departments frequently process impressive amounts of resumes, and specificity is one of the best ways to ensure that your resume is remembered. Moreover, being specific about your accomplishments show that you are truly engaged in your work. someone who “assisted guests with check in and check out, offered advice and suggestions on local activities and attractions, secured local transportation, and put guests in touch with local services as needed” sounds a lot more focused and proactive than someone who ”performed front desk duties.”

 

Resume Tip #4: Success in the hospitality industry is all about attention to detail, so get the details right one crafting your resume.

Small things such as spelling, organization, grammar, and consistent design will make you look for more professional and well prepared for the challenges that your future job entails. If you have trouble with these details, consider using an add on such as Grammarly, and be sure to get a second pair of eyes to look at your resume (and cover letter) before turning them in.

 

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