Want to work in a dream vacation destination? Want to be surrounded by people having a great time? Want to be able to play in the sun during your off hours? You should think about getting a job in the hospitality industry. Working in a resort, hotel, or activity center gives you the chance to work in some exotic destinations and have a great time doing it.
Here are some examples of jobs you can prepare yourself for in the hospitality industry:
Reception or Front end - Hotel front desk concierges perform some administrative duties such as answering the phones, booking reservations, filing paperwork, helping guests check in and out, and fulfilling special requests. Porter or bell person, Valet, Cashier, Customer Service.
General Administration and behind the scenes - General Manager or Administrator, Accountants for billing and general finance, Purchaser for general maintenance supplies and/or equipment. Sales / marketing / advertising team
Housekeeping - Cleaning staff, Room housekeeping, Room attendants, Engineering/ Maintenance Indoors, Engineering/ Maintenance Grounds, Gardeners, Parking Garages, Technical systems maintenance, Security, Unit Managers, Floral arranging and decorating
Food and Beverage Services - Kitchens Managers, Restaurant Managers, Executive Chef, Gourmet Chefs, Banquet Chefs, Sous Chef, Pastry/Baker Chef, Prep Cooks, Waitress/Waiter, Bartenders, Cocktail Servers, Sommelier, Host/Hostess, Dishwasher, Bus-person, Banquet Services and Catering Events Managers
Personal Care Positions - Hairstylist, Massage therapist, Manicurist, Fitness Instructor, Spa/Services Manager, Health Care, Boutique Managers for Clothing, Gifts and Jewelry
Specialized Jobs - Sport Instructors, Skiing Instructors, Scuba Diving Instructors, Golfing Pros, Lifeguard, Horse Groomers, Gaming Table Operators, Meeting and Event planners, Tour guides, Tour Bus Driver, Travel Councilor, Entertainers
Are you qualified?
Required skills for each and every job are dependent upon the specific position. This list of Resort jobs scans such a wide field that there are only going to be some general job requirements posted here.
- Bartenders or restaurant workers who serve alcohol must be at least 21 years of age in many states,ÃƒÂƒÃ‚Â‚ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â and understand the policies and procedures according to the law.
- Lifeguards usually have to be at least 16 years old, and they must have first aid and CPR Certifications.
- Tour bus drivers must have a clean driving record and be familiar with the area in which they will be giving tours.
- Most resorts and hotels require that all of their employees undergo a criminal background check and a drug test.
- The one skill that is imperative to all resort employees without any exceptions is that they must have great communication and people skills because they will be interacting with the resort guestÃƒÂƒÃ‚Â‚ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â’s day-by-day. (Even the most demanding tourist has to be treated in a calm, patient and pleasant manner).
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