Improving your Chances of Employment

David Soffer, November 5, 2018 1:11 pm

If you are looking to get a permanent or temporary job in hospitality or indeed any industry, you will need to come across as employable as possible to your prospective employers. Many people struggle to get a job and have to go through countless applications and interviews before they eventually land a role at all.

A very helpful piece of advice is to stand out from other applicants. In the case of hospitality, it may for example be the case that you are a qualified bartender with experience in making specific cocktails. However, how do you actually stand out? It is certainly easier said than done; by highlighting your relevant experiences and skills, you will be able to set yourself out from the crowd as many other applicants will not necessarily hold these strengths.

To help you land that job, we have got some great tips for you in this guide.

Get Your CV up to Scratch

Since recruiters may not actually be meeting you and getting to know your personality in the initial stages of the application and employment process, you need to make sure your CV is looking as good and as attractive as possible. This is your first chance to really get noticed by your desired employer.

Make sure it is written well and successfully reflects your skill set and all the experience you have. It must also be up to date; you should provide your contact information at the top as well so that any eager employers know how to best contact you. You do not just have to email your CV out to employers, you can also upload your CV to recruitment sites where employers of your chosen industry (for example, hospitality) can find you and get in touch with you.

Research the Company Before Applying

It can be tempting to see a good job description and simply apply for the job without taking much notice of the company offering the role itself. It is all well and good knowing about the company before the interview, but you may never even make it there if you do not show that you have an understanding of what they do in your cover letter. This will include demonstrable knowledge of things such as the company’s ethos, its values and any notable achievements.

This way, you can also tailor your CV to suit the company and the role better. This shows you have an interest in that specific role and that you haven’t just forwarded your CV to lots of different employers in a generic manner. It is true that the better impression your initial application and CV make, the more likely the employer is going to be positive about the interview and therefore more likely to get the job.

Researching the companies you are applying for is very useful

Prepare Properly for Interviews

When it comes to interviews, practice really does make perfect. It is accepted that you cannot be prepared for everything that will be thrown at you. However, there are some common questions that you can be prepared for before going into the interview. These tend to apply for any role you go for.

These questions that you can prepare for include:

  1. Tell us about yourself

This is usually asked as an initial question, often to get you comfortable talking so do not stress too much about this question.

The best advice for this question is keep it short and simple. Tell them briefly about your background, educational accomplishments, work history and why you think you would be a good fit for their company. Perhaps even throw in what your future plans are. Make sure you know your CV well to draw on the information you have given there.

  1. Behavioural Questions

These are essentially just an extension of the question above in that your answers will usually end in referring to your previous roles and experiences. You should expect questions along the lines of:

  • Can you tell us a time where you have a had to juggle lots of tasks all at once?
  • How do you deal with difficult clients or customers?
  • Describe a time where you had to take the lead.

Keep in mind that the interviewer is not trying to catch you out and they want you to feel comfortable.

Consider your Relevant Skills

Every job requires different skills. For example, a job in hospitality will typically require communication skills and organisation skills. No matter what job you are applying for, it is very likely that you will have skills which are transferable so discover what these are and highlight them at all stages of the application process.

There is also nothing wrong with admitting that you are hoping to work on some of the skills that you do not have much experience with yet. In fact, it looks great as it shows you are very interested in the role and the prospects it holds. It also displays you are very eager to learn on the job, which will be the case anyway as anyone joining a new company will have to trained up in one way or another.

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