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How to Land Your First Hospitality Job

Doris Benitez
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Looking for your first hospitality job but have no experience? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Here’s what you do:

1. Own Your Inexperience

You will be amazed to hear this but your lack of work experience in the hospitality sector is going to be your greatest superpower.


You’re trainable, and your new manager is going to love you for it! They can teach you how to work according to their style.

Show that you are excited and motivated to learn new things. Whether you’re loading a dishwasher in the back-kitchen or answering phones in a hotel lobby, you’re willing to do what it takes to get the job done. And that is what makes you super-incredible 🌟🌟🌟

2. List Your Skills 

We have all been in your shoes and wondered how to kick off that job hunt.

It’s the perfect chance to think about what you’re good at and what you enjoy doing. Make a list of your skills and see how it matches to the hospitality jobs out there.

Awesome at organising and being creative? Maybe you’re meant to be London’s hottest event planner. Enjoy getting to know new people? Apply for that bartender position at the pub down your street.

Here are some key skills for you to go over for hospitality jobs:

  • Teamwork
  • Enthusiasm
  • Communication
  • Customer Service
  • Multi-tasking
  • English Language level
  • Organisational skills 

3. Complete Your JOB TODAY CV & Apply

Congratulations, you are now ready to write your first resume! Here’s some good news: there are plenty of online resume tools, such as the JOB TODAY CV, that can help you out.

A swipe here, a click there and your JOB TODAY CV is ready within a few minutes! It will list your strengths, prior experience (if you have any, don’t worry if you don’t!) and education/qualification. Ready to create your CV?

Once you fill it out, start searching immediately for your ideal hospitality job on JOB TODAY.  Shhhh, we’ll let you in on a secret: look out for jobs marked with a green tag labelled “No Experience”. That’s where you will land your first hospitality job!

When you click that “Apply” button, send the employer a message and let them know how your key skills are relevant to the job and make you perfect for the role.

4.    Make New Connections

Network, network and network! If you know someone who owns a restaurant, go have a coffee with them and tell them you’re interested in working with them.

Put the word out among your friends and family that you are on the lookout for your first opportunity and very eager to start. Maybe your roommate’s mother is the General Manager at a guesthouse and is willing to give you your first break. 

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We know you’ll make her proud 

5.    Intern and Volunteer

If you need to get some experience to increase your chances of getting a job, why not consider an internship? It’s a great way to get your foot into the door and get a feel for the job. Get some work experience and have fun while learning the ropes!

Volunteer to do a trial shift as a waiter in your favourite restaurant so that the owner can see that you not only efficient; but a fast learner too.

You have what it takes to get your first hospitality job. Get started and download the JOB TODAY app now!