• Is Your Hospitality Resume Too Broad?

    September 30, 2011 by

    As a proud member of the hospitality field, you know that there is a wide variety of industries that you can dabble in and find success. Whether your focus is hotel/casino, restaurant, food service, timeshare, travel, or attractions, you have your choice of a multitude of great careers to prosper in.

    Many people in hospitality select one industry to study then follow it their entire career. But what if you’ve taken an interest in more than one industry and are open to applying for jobs in two or more? How do you create a resume that reflects your skill sets? Does focusing on more than one make your resume too broad?

    Focusing on One Industry Per Resume Is Best

    As with any job-seeker who has experience in more than one industry, it’s good for a person in hospitality to focus on one industry at a time when writing resumes. Whether you’re writing a resume to post on a job board or plan to submit to one specific job, your goal should always be to create a targeted resume that reflects the job you hope to acquire.

    This doesn’t mean that you can’t seek jobs in multiple industries. But when writing your resumes, you want focus on one industry at a time. For instance, if you have experience as both a hotel/casino and food services manager, you could create one resume that zeroes in on hotel/casino management with mention of your food-services background and vice versa.

    The only time you might consider mixing both in a way where one industry isn’t strongly favored over the other is if a hotel or casino is looking for a manager with extensive food-services experience.

    Take Time to Brand Yourself in Your Chosen Industry

    If you really do prefer one industry over another, then it’s a good idea to make an effort to develop your personal brand within that industry. Set up your LinkedIn account that lists your experience in that industry. Create a Twitter profile that more deeply establishes your brand (e.g., @JohnDoeExecutiveChef). Also, you could start a blog that discusses your experiences in the industry.

    After you’ve developed your brand, don’t be shy about listing all of this information in your resume as links. Doing so will help recruiters and hiring managers understand more clearly what your contributions are to the industry you love.

    Recruiters and hiring managers are looking for specific skills, education, and accomplishments in a resume when considering candidates, and you don’t want yours to be turned down because it’s too general. So if you’re seeking jobs in multiple industries or multiple jobs within one industry, consider narrowing your focus as much as possible to increase your chances of being hired.

    For additional tips and advice on resumes and cover letters, follow us on Twitter @GreatResume or visit our blog.

    A Guest Post by Jessica Hernandez.

    Jessica Hernandez, expert resume writer, is a nationally-recognized resume authority and former HR Manager who has achieved more than a 99 percent success rate securing interviews with prestigious organizations through exclusive, personal branding strategies.

    Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

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