We’ve all been there: you’re sitting in your cubicle, daydreaming about being at the beach, when you realize that you hate your job. If you’re like me, this moment came early on in my career. I was working a 9-to-5 gig that I knew would never lead to the career of my dreams.
Sure enough, after only six months on the job*, I was ready to jump ship and pursue something more fulfilling something like … key holder?
Note: use this space to mention how long it took you to get ready for your dream job as a key holder**
Networking Is A Key Way To Find A New Job
There are many ways to find a great job, and networking is one of the most effective. As a key holder, you should use your professional network to help you find your next position. You might be surprised by how much everyone wants to help out their friends.
You don’t have to limit yourself just to friends though you can also reach out over social media or through other online spaces like LinkedIn if you’re feeling more comfortable in that environment.
Meetups are another excellent way of getting started with networking because they provide an opportunity for people who share similar interests (or at least some kind of shared passion) to gather together in person.
Some meetups are free while others charge fees for attendance (which goes toward paying for food and drink). Conferences can be pricey but often include admission costs as well as extras like workshops, seminars,, and more!
Have A Strong Resume And Cover Letter
To make it easy for hiring managers to see what you can do, your resume should be clear and concise. Don’t use jargon or fancy language; keep sentences short, and words simple,, and avoid word repetition.
A strong resume should also be tailored to the job you’re applying for – so if you have a history of managing high-volume restaurants.
But are applying for an entry-level position in another industry where the pace is slower and tables turn more slowly, emphasize your experience with high volume rather than low volume.
Your resume needs to look good on paper as well as online it needs to be visually appealing (and easy to read).
That means using proper fonts that are legible in different sizes (we recommend Calibri or Arial) and not cramming too much information into one page if necessary.
Break up sections into two pages (a page with just descriptions/titles of past positions followed by a page with details about each position).
The goal is to make it easy for someone to scan through resumes on their phone or computer screen or even read them off the paper!
Keep Your Linkedin Up To Date
LinkedIn is a great place to find job opportunities. People who are hiring will often post their jobs on the site and then reach out to candidates on LinkedIn directly.
In addition, you must update your profile with a recent photo of yourself. This is how potential employers will be able to identify you when they go through their list of applications for the position.
Your profile should also be up-to-date and include keywords that describe what you do and how well you do it (for example “experienced salesperson,” or “team player”).
It’s also important that your email address has no typos or errors like “Gmail” or “yahoo.” If it does, potential employers may think less of your professionalism!
Finally, while there are no specific length requirements for profiles on LinkedIn they can be as short as 250 characters or as long as 2,000 characters.
It’s recommended that job applicants keep theirs between 400–600 words to ensure readability without being too verbose (which could make them seem self-absorbed).
Join A Networking Group That Meets In Person
Joining a networking group that meets in person is the best way to get your dream job as a key holder. By joining this type of group, you will be able to meet people who are currently working or have worked in the field that interests you.
These people will be able to tell you about their experiences, which may include tips on how to get started and suggestions for finding jobs.
They can also advise about how long it took them to land their dream jobs as key holders so that when it comes time for you to fill out applications and interview for positions yourself, there won’t be any surprises.
Finally, joining an in-person networking group gives members access not only just other professionals but also to potential employers at events held by those groups
Find Out Who Is Hiring Before You Go On An Interview
Before you go on an interview, find out who is hiring.
Find out who the hiring manager is and what their background is. If they have a previous career in hospitality or if they worked at another hotel, this gives you an edge.
Learn about the company. If it’s a small boutique hotel with only two properties, this may not be an ideal fit for you if all of your experience has been at larger chains with dozens of properties worldwide.
Find out about their hiring process: does it involve multiple interviews? How long does each phase take? What’s expected from applicants during each phase? You don’t want to waste your time applying if it looks like there won’t be any follow-up interviews happening shortly.
Who else will be interviewing for this position? Doing some research online can give you an idea of who else may get asked back for another round of interviews and give you some time to prepare accordingly (e.g., reading up on their careers).
Polish Your Social Media Accounts
You’re probably thinking, “What does my social media account have to do with landing a job?” Well, first of all, you should make sure your Facebook page or Twitter account is up to date.
If you don’t want people seeing pictures from last year’s Halloween party where everyone was dressed as an adorable puppy-dog in a top hat, maybe it would be best if those pics weren’t public.
Social media can also help in another way: it can give companies an idea of who you are and what kind of personality they’d be working with.
For example: if someone sees that half your feed is filled with political rants and memes about how terrible Donald Trump is (and this person happens not to agree with those views).
That could be seen as unprofessional in some situations; while if someone sees that half your feed is filled with cute animal videos from BuzzFeed or inspirational quotes from Oprah Winfrey (and those things reflect the type of person you are), well then that could be seen as professional!
The key here is to balance too much attention given towards any one thing that will make others think poorly about us!
We all need to remember not just what kinds of content we post but also whether such content expresses our values enough so anyone looking at our profile knows exactly what kind of person they’re dealing with before ever getting into one-on-one contact.”
Build Up Your Contacts On Linkedin
Once you’ve built up your network, it will be easier to connect with the right people. When you meet someone new and want to get in touch with them again, LinkedIn makes it easy for you to do so.
The platform also allows for unlimited connections because connecting with people is a great way of building trust and networking.
Once you have made your first connection on LinkedIn, other people will start connecting with you as well. This means that your contact list will grow every time there is a new connection request from someone else on the platform or when someone accepts one of yours!
The more contacts that are connected in this way (a group), the better it gets for everyone involved: It becomes easier
Be Specific About What You Want To Do At A Company
When it comes to your application, be specific about what you want to do at a company. If you’re just looking for any job, companies will assume that and won’t pay attention to your application.
Instead, show them how their work aligns with your career goals. If there’s something specific about the company or culture that interests you most say they have an unlimited vacation policy include that in your cover letter as well.
Remember: Employers are looking for people who are passionate about what they do and who can make an impact on the business!
Always Have Good Posture During An Interview
When you’re in an interview, it’s important to stand up straight and not slouch. Don’t cross your arms or fidget either.
You don’t want to look bored or frustrated or like you’re ready to run out of there! If the interviewer asks you a question that takes five minutes for you to answer, let them know if they need more time.
Don’t look down at the floor or around the room like someone planted a bug on you; instead, stay engaged with your interviewer by keeping eye contact and occasionally nodding while they talk.
Finally, don’t check your phone (unless it vibrates), watch (unless it beeps), nails (ew), etc., unless prompted by one of these devices themselves!
Do Some Basic Research About The Company Before An Interview, Even If You Don’t Have Time For An Intensive Look
If you’re interested in a particular company, do some basic research on it. The more that you know about the company before an interview, the better off you’ll be.
You don’t have to spend hours studying every detail of their history and mission statement, but if there is time for an intensive look at a potential employer’s values, goals, and products and services do it!
This will help you feel more confident during interviews because you can speak intelligently about their history or say something intelligent when they ask what they are like as an employer (you’ll notice this question often comes up in interviews).
It can also help inform questions that may come up during the interview process:
- What is your favorite product/service? Why?
- What was one thing that stood out to me while reading up on this company?
- If possible, print out any articles or reports related to them so that they can easily be referenced during a conversation with a hiring manager or potential employers
Dress Appropriately For The Job And The Company’s Culture
When you walk into an interview, the first thing that people will notice is what you’re wearing. It’s important to set the right tone by dressing appropriately for the job and the company’s culture. Three things to keep in mind:
Dress to impress. Make sure your clothes are clean and ironed, with no stains or holes visible at any point during your interview process (or ever).
This doesn’t mean that you need to wear a full suit with a tie at all times, but it does mean there should be some sort of professional polish on all of your clothing choices and even more.
So than usual if you’re interviewing for a position at a bank or other conservative institution where business attire is expected.
Dress as if you are already working there. The way we dress should reflect how we would behave once hired; therefore, if our work outfits don’t seem like they’d fit right within an organization’s culture even when it comes down to something like shoes versus sneakers then chances are good we won’t hit it off with our potential bosses either!
So long story short: think about how others might perceive us before choosing which items make up our daily outfits; then plan accordingly by selecting pieces which look nice enough not just today but also tomorrow…and next year too!”
Learn How To Negotiate Salary And Benefits
Negotiating salary and benefits before accepting a job is a great way to get what you want out of the position.
You can also negotiate for more vacation days, flexible hours, and other perks that may seem like small details but are pretty important when you’re going to be spending 40+ hours per week at work.
You should never feel uncomfortable asking for more money it’s just business! Know what your skills are worth in comparison with the market rate in your field, then ask for it. If they don’t want to pay you what you think is fair, move on. You deserve better!
Pay Attention To Your Body Language During An Interview, Especially So You Don’t Look Insecure Or Nervous
You can’t control how your interviewer feels, but you can control how you come off. Your posture and body language send messages that the interviewer picks up on nonverbally. If you look nervous or insecure, your interviewer will be less likely to hire you.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
Keep your arms uncrossed as much as possible. This is not only a good way to avoid looking defensive but also allows for greater range and flexibility for arm movements that may be necessary throughout the interview.
Sit up straight with shoulders back (not hunched). This shows confidence and makes it easier for others to see where they’re looking at eye level rather than down at someone who’s slouched over.
Or slumped into their chair with arms crossed defensively across their chest like an impenetrable fortress protecting them from any possible criticism or judgment from others who might try attacking them verbally by pointing out flaws about themselves which could lead to other more serious issues such as mental illness diagnosis like bi-polar disorder etcetera…
In the end, getting your dream job is a lot like finding love: you need to be ready for it, be confident in yourself and your skills, and remember that you’re never going to be perfect.
The key thing is to keep trying until something clicks. And if not, don’t give up! There’s always another opportunity around the corner.