Introduction – What does it take to become a hotel manager?

William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration offers a Bachelor’s degree program in hotel administration. The program, which takes four years to complete and consists of 120 units, prepares students for managerial positions in all levels of the hospitality industry. *** This article is another example of the hotel industry’s attempt at advertising, rather than solidifying the facts in the public’s mind. The inclusion of the word ‘advanced’ instead of ‘graduate’ implies that their program is an advanced degree program. Many people do not realize that a masters level degree is only two years and can be completed without a PhD. You do not need a PhD to become a hotel manager and prove it to yourself by applying for a job at one of these hotels. It’s important to understand that which degree program a hotel management school offers is not listed in any readily available resources. If you find yourself in need of more information about this topic, there are many other articles on this site which address the subject. I’ll leave you with one: “Why does the name ‘master of science’ exist?” One final note, many people are interested in obtaining degrees that provide them career advancement opportunities; however, it is important to look at each program separately before committing to a four-year academic commitment. (Another article from this site, “Understanding Accreditation” explains this concept well.) [SIDE NOTE: William F. Harrah does do online degrees, but it appears as though the program I’m writing about is not available online.]

william f. harrah college of hotel administration
william f. harrah college of hotel administration

Determine Your Industry Specific Job Market

Hospitality industry jobs are available in a variety of different markets. Career opportunities include positions as a general manager of a luxury hotel, and those working at resorts, casinos, bed and breakfasts, tour and travel agencies, cruise lines and restaurants. Managers assist proprietors in guiding the company’s overall business plan by hiring employees and overseeing the establishment’s growth and development. The hotel industry is expected to grow by the year 2035, which means there will be a large demand for qualified managers.
Hospitality industry jobs in the restaurant industry include server, host, head cook and food preparer. Industry jobs in this field include positions as a chef at a fine dining establishment, or in a hotel’s kitchen. The food preparing industry also offers cooking internships for students interested in pursuing a career as a professional chef. Specialty restaurants may need an executive chef who is responsible for the entire operation of the restaurant and supervises all the cooks. The executive chef is responsible for the preparation and presentation of food, buffet and banquet setup and budgeting.

william f. harrah college of hotel administration
william f. harrah college of hotel administration

Build Your Resume & Cover Letter and Start Searching For Jobs

You must first decide the type of job you want. Do you want to be a general manager or someone with an interest in human resource management? If you are interested in human resource management and have no experience in hospitality before, start by building your resume and cover letter. The training everyone who applies for these jobs receives is extremely detailed, so regardless of whether or not you have any prior experience, your application should reflect knowledge of the field and outstanding ability. Look through the job description, locate the skills you possess and copy them verbatim into your resume. It is important to address each of the skills mentioned so you appear to be a skilled player for this job. An employer will look for answers to what are considered “keywords” such as “supervisors,” “customer service,” and “management” in the resume and cover letter. He or she will then either call you for an interview or not, depending on the impression given.
When putting together your resume and cover letter, you need to think like an employer. Try to imagine the questions they may ask during an interview and prepare yourself. Keep in mind that employers seek out people who have good communication skills. They want employees who are friendly, outgoing, and conscientious. They want team players who will go out of their way to do what is expected of them. These applicants typically have a positive attitude and a willingness to learn new things every day. They possess leadership skills that allow them to be used as an example for others in the company to follow.

william f. harrah college of hotel administration
william f. harrah college of hotel administration

Choose the Most Suitable Hotel Management School For You

Before attending any school, do your research. Favorability towards the school is determined by reputation, graduation rate and job placement rates. These factors will help you determine if the school is right for you. Microscopic companies are the most difficult to join, so finding a small, growing company with an opportunity for upward mobility may be just what you need. Do your research on hotel management schools and schedule a visit before making your decision. The more information you have when making this decision, the better off you will be in the long run. The curriculum you follow at the college is a must, as no two programs are alike. Your decision will also depend on whether or not you want to continue your education after graduation.
The most popular hotels to work for are Marriott, Holiday Inn, Hilton and Sheraton. Many students are drawn to the hospitality industry due to its flexibility. You can pick the location of your job and set the hours you want to work. It is also a very popular choice due to the fact that you will rarely have a consistent 9-to-5 job.
“Choose the Most Suitable Hotel Management School For You” [ARTICLE END]
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Also read: Learn more about the hotel industry.
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