Despite our uncertain economic times, the hospitality sector has shown consistent and strong growth over recent years, a trend which looks set to continue until at least 2021. And no city has seen stronger growth than London. This means, if you're looking for hospitality jobs in London, there has probably never been a better time to look for work. However, it also means the market for hospitality jobs recruitment in London is competitive, so you need to make sure you put your best foot - and CV - forward if you want to be successful.
What jobs are available?
There's a wide range of jobs available in the sector, but when you look for hospitality jobs recruitment in London, they're likely to fall under the following headings:
- Hotel operations: the people keeping hotels, hostels, and resorts running day-to-day, including front-desk staff, housekeepers, servers, porters, concierges, event planners and managers.
- Food and beverage services: this covers everything from serving in a fast-food restaurant to a high-end restaurant and includes coffee shop baristas, bar staff, chefs, cooks and kitchen staff.
- Maintenance and cleaning: the staff needed to keep the hotels and restaurants clean and running smoothly.
What skills are needed?
One of the great things about the hospitality industry is that there are plenty of jobs for those looking for entry-level positions and those with the skills and experience to apply for more senior roles. The type and level of role you're applying for will impact the skills you need but will, broadly, include strong communication skills, excellent organisational and time management skills, the ability to work as part of a team, and the availability to work evenings, weekends and shifts. Specific skills, experience and qualifications will be needed, dependent on the role, so make sure you understand these, and if you meet the requirements, before applying.
How to find a job in hospitality
Because the hospitality market in London is competitive, you'll need to do as much as you can to sell yourself to potential employers. Ways you can do this include:
- If you're looking for an entry-level position, find ways to gain experience that allows you to evidence your people skills, e.g. apply for work experience or volunteer.
- Put together a CV that focuses on your skills and experience within hospitality. Or, if you're looking to move into the sector, your transferable skills.
- Prepare to be flexible, being willing to work shifts that are unpopular with existing staff, for example, will increase your chances of being successful at interview.
- Find a good recruitment agency that has a large client base, understands what you're looking for, can put you forward for jobs that meet your skills and experience and prepare you for interviews.
By doing these things, you're much more likely to find the hospitality job you're looking for, one that matches your skills and experience and leads to a long and fulfilling career within the sector. Good luck!