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How to Get into the Hospitality Industry

When you think of a typical career path, you likely imagine a college graduate going on to work in the field he or she received their degree in. However, not all career paths are that linear.

If you’ve ever considered a job in the hospitality industry, read on. We’re here to answer all your questions about qualifications and career opportunities in the hospitality industry no matter which stage of life you’re in.

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Qualifications For a Hospitality Career

To keep things simple, it’s never too early or too late in your career to join the hospitality industry! While experience is valued in the industry, there are many opportunities to get your foot in the door regardless of where you are in your professional life.

Many hospitality industry jobs (that we will discuss in more detail soon) require transferable skills that you likely picked up from a previous position or education. So, what qualifications do you need for hospitality? These are just a handful:

  • Interpersonal skills, namely good communication that is essential for providing quality customer service and interacting with a hospitality team
  • Multitasking and organization skills that show you can handle multiple tasks at once, prioritize, and complete them is important
  • Teamwork skills that prove you can work with or lead a larger team, which is a must in the hospitality industry
  • A general sense of professionalism is essential, especially in a customer-facing role (which most hospitality jobs are to some extent)

As you can see, these popular qualifications for hospitality jobs can be learned from different industries. If you’re just starting in the hospitality industry, make sure to highlight how you embody these qualities during your interviews.

Types of Jobs In the Hospitality Industry

Another reason why the hospitality industry is ideal for workers is because of the variety of positions available. While some jobs, like food service, do require agility and may be better suited for recent college graduates, this only represents a small portion of the positions you can find in the hospitality industry. Management and customer service roles are ideal for all demographics. 

Remember that hospitality jobs span beyond housekeeping and food service. Hospitality jobs can be in areas like:

  • Sales & Marketing
  • Events
  • Food & Beverage 
  • Revenue Management 
  • Operations
  • And more

Chances are, there is a hospitality industry job suited to your experience and expectations. It’s never too late to turn your passion and people skills into a career you love!

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At Main Street Hospitality Group, we know it’s the people that make our properties stand out. That’s why we’re always looking to hire individuals who have a passion for the hospitality industry and want to turn their interests into a career. See the latest job opportunities and join the Talent Community for Main Street Hospitality today and continue to check our blog for the latest hospitality industry news.