If you are stuck in a dead end career you might be thinking how you can transition to another job. What you might not realize is that many job skills will transition well to the hotel industry. If you were to analyze the employees who work in your neighborhood hotel, you would likely find that they come from all walks of like. Some used to be in the manufacturing area, some were in medical fields. Don’t be surprised when you find the hospitality business filled with people whose previous jobs had quite literally, nothing to do with hotels. Here, we will discuss some of those.
Did you know that in most hotels the housekeeping department was the largest? That they have more employees than most any other department? Why do you think that is? Quite simply because that is where all the work is. Rooms must be cleaned and tidied up on a daily basis. Housekeepers needs tons of safety training so that they can remain injury free while working. A big reason for injury among housekeepers are needlesticks. Unfortunately, diabetics and others who must use syringes sometimes leave them behind in the bed sheets, and these are then handled by the housekeeper. Given the different bloodborne illnesses that can occur, this is obviously not a good thing. For this reason, we have seen many businesses pop up that handle training for housekeepers and how to avoid being stuck by a needle. These jobs are usually filled by people who have been trained in the field of phlebotomy. They are perfect people to train housekeepers on the dangers of needles as they have extensive training in this area.
Another good job in the hotel business is in the human resources department. These employees help other employees with their health and welfare insurance, time off requests, and performance evaluations. We have seen many people that have previously sold insurance products, or work in the insurance field in some capacity, make the transition to working in the human resources department at hotels. Why is that? It is because they have extensive knowledge of how insurance works and insurance is a big program to administer.
The engineering department is a great example of where skills from other fields are very transferable. We often see tow truck drivers, auto mechanics, forklift operators, plumbers, construction workers, etc. transition into an engineering role at a hotel. If you don’t know what that is, basically, an engineer handles anything and everything that might go wrong. Have a broken toilet? Call engineering. Have a problem with the television? Engineering fixes that. Basically, if you are mechanically inclined than this would be a good department for you to get a job in.
As you can see there are many different ways to break into the hotel business. Regardless of what kind of job you are currently in, making your way into the exciting and fast paced world of hospitality might be a good choice. Rarely do people in the hotel business go to school to enter this profession. More often than not, hotel employees transition in from other occupations. So, don’t be shy, we bet you currently have the skills you need to enter the hotel business!!