Now that you’re aware of the opportunities available to you, it’s time to learn how to make an impression.
From your initial CV and covering letter, to your first day in your new job, we’re here to help! We have a range of useful tools which you can use to ensure you stand the best chance of getting into your dream job.
Putting together a CV that will stand out from the crowd can be really difficult, a hospitality industry focussed CV perhaps even more so. This is why we’re giving you some top tips and some templates so that you can create something that really shows off your personality, skills and experience in the best way.
Keep it fresh and relevant
Cover Letters expand on your CV and provide an opportunity for you to showcase your suitability, skills and enthusiasm for a job that you are applying to.
Give yourself time
Do not rush into writing a cover letter. Allocate yourself time to work on putting together and planning your cover letter, it is important not to rush this part of your application as it is a great opportunity to showcase what you can do to a perspective new employer.
Read the Job Advertisement
The Job Description & Person Specification highlight exactly what the employer is looking for. Break it down into manageable chunks and compare the skills that they are asking for to the skills and experience that you already have. Take some time to think and write down examples from your own experiences that really showcase the skills that they are asking for. Use these examples throughout your cover letter.
Research the Employer
Look at their website and work out what their core values and priorities are. Once you know the core values and priorities of a company – think of examples and work-related experiences & achievements that will showcase your skills to the prospective new employer in line with their values and priorities. Use these examples in your cover letter as these will help you to write in a way that is appealing to the employer as they will be able to see how well you would fit into their company.
Use a professional font that is clear and readable and address your cover letter either by using the name of the employer/ recruitment officer (as given on the Job Advertisement), ‘Dear Sir/Madam’ or ‘To the Recruitment Team at …’
Write in a way that shows that you are enthusiastic about the job that you are applying to. Be enthusiastic about the company you are applying to and highlight why you want to work for them.
Tailor Your Cover Letter
Do not use the same generic cover letter for all job applications. Feel free to create a template that you base your cover letters on but be sure to tailor them to their specific job advertisements & company values.
Refer to and include the title of the job you are applying to and the name of the company you wish to work in throughout your cover letter.
Do not just repeat what is on your CV – add extra examples, experiences and other detail about you that make you more desirable to an employer.
Keep it Reading Well
Use clear sentences to structure your cover letter. Do not use abbreviations and avoid jargon, slang and shorthand ways of writing words.
Keep it Professional
Be sure to sign off your cover letter with ‘Yours Sincerely’, ‘Best Regards’ or ‘Kind Regards’ and follow it with your name & contact details
Always check your spelling and grammar before sending off your cover letter
If you are attending an interview, it can only mean one thing – you have already impressed them, with the unique combination of experience and skills you demonstrated on your CV. Remember this and stay confident.Find out more