When traveling the world, one of the best options if you love customer service is being able to work at a hotel. Now, there is a great deal of variety of jobs at a hotel, so it may very well just be what you need to get income as you begin your nomad years. Many people who travel the world and work, do so from their laptops and with the use of the internet, digital nomads. But this is not for everyone. Another alternative is to get a job at the place where you are traveling to, but of course, you’ll need to make sure there is no inconvenience taking on this job due to the amount of time you plan on staying at that particular location. Since there are a number of jobs you could apply for, this will be important when selecting where you see yourself. You could be anything from a fitness instructor to an entertainer, which you can read more about on the Royal Holiday Blog. A hotel has many distinct areas that need to exist to run a successful hotel, each one at a smaller or larger scale but more or less the same. If you are interested in meeting people, assisting them when they arrive and during their stay, then you may consider a job in the guest relation area, reception, or front office. If you are more about staying behind the scenes, then you could consider something in the kitchen or housekeeping.
If you are all about keeping tourists busy and happy during their stay, then try looking for jobs in fitness, wellness or events. If you’ve got a background in administration and have specific experience or studies in hotels, why not check out manager or director roles. Of course, these are a lot more permanent positions, so bear this in mind when applying for a job depending on your short and long term traveling plans.
When job hunting, you’ll want to keep in mind the work conditions, not only based on the job position but the hotel and its location. Depending on your job, your workspace may be indoors or outdoors, which means you’ll need to be comfortable with this kind of working space. There are those out there who love the outdoors, nice weather and don’t mind the heat in those beachfront locations, while other prefer staying indoors, in their office space. Also, weather plays a big role, since it will most definitely not be the same experience at a ski resort than a beach resort. Again, it will come down to preferences. Another thing to consider is if you rather be seated, or standing all day. Applying for the wrong job and getting it might be a complete nightmare. You should be flexible, since hotels are always open and operate 24/7, understanding the schedule you are being offered is a big deal. One last thing to consider is that your vacation time will also be affected, so don’t expect to vacation during high season, since these are the busiest months of the year and this means more guests and tourists to assist. Make plans for vacations during the low season, so again these are things to consider.
Every job will have its own requirements, so make sure you have the ones needed to take on the job you have in mind. Bartenders, for example, must be 21 years of age or older in most states, or lifeguards must have first aid training and CPR training. Depending on the role you’ll be asked to have a bachelor’s degree and some specific experience in that area like fitness or sports instructors, or entertainers. Of course, you’ll probably go through the normal screening process of background check, drug test and any other tests or procedures they feel are necessary to ensure you will be a good fit with the team.
One thing is for sure, something that most hotel employees have in common is excellent communication skills. There is a very high level of interaction, communication, and teamwork in a hotel. There are so many little things that could go wrong, that everyone needs to be synchronized at all times to ensure the best possible experience for the guests. One more thing is that you’ll need to be able to handle difficult situations that may arise at the hotel by keeping your calm and always remembering your customer service skills. At the end of the day, if you are really interested in making a career out of working in hotels, the best you can do is prepare yourself beforehand by doing courses and get training in the field that most interests you. The more experience, background or studies you have, the more likely you are to get the job. Finally, wages will vary quite a lot depending on the hotel and the job, so do your homework, research cost of living in the city you are going to and make sure this job is what you need to live and explore the city.