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Are there any senior positions in hospitality?
John Samuel
posted on Tuesday, 09 March 2010 16:50

Dear Career Dr,

I have 15 years of experience in Front Office operations, senior management position. I have been applying for jobs for the past one month. Unfortunately, no one seems to respond. Is there no jobs available for senior position, or shall I change my career. I don't know what to do.

John Samuel

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Posted Wednesday, 17 March 2010 12:11 AM

I do understand that the Job market is tough right know, don’t give up or lose courage. Networking source is the fastest way in finding a Job. However, sometimes it may take long depending upon the market situation and job availability. There is a saying as you go higher the air becomes thicker. I faced this situation, and I took me at least 6 months to find a new Job, my drawback was I could not speak Cantonese or Mandarin. I believe the same applies to you too. I survived….
Don’t lose faith; this can be very frustration at times. On the other hand try to develop your skills. Try and identify your weak spots, do some development courses. Explore yourself, Keep your mind and body active; stay health. Don’t allow them to rust. This will only help you to boost your confidence and be positive. Career change may not be a good option.
Hospitality industry is a vast field, as you stated your experience is specialized mainly in the front Office operation, senior Management position. Sometimes these positions are downsized due to cost cutting, etc. It varies upon the market demand. Try and branch out on the same field as per your knowledge and interest rather than a career change. They will help you to make use of your existing skills and experience.

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Posted Saturday, 13 March 2010 07:38 PM

A senior management cannot take pressure of not finding a job in 1 month in HK? In HK, it's usual to take 6 months to 1 year.

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Posted Friday, 12 March 2010 12:38 PM

It is quite unrealistic of you to think that you can get a job in less than a month! Do you know what kind of job market we are dealing with?

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Career Doctor  
Posted Thursday, 11 March 2010 05:34 PM

Change your career after you can't find a job in the past one month?

Change your career means you're going to dump all your past experience in the trash can and start all over again, are you willing to? Most importantly, is it worth the sacrifice? OK, even if you're willing to, but where and what are you going and to do? What's your value and strengths you can leverage on to sell you to a new career?

You should know it's always more difficult to find a senior job than a junior's. While it's frustrating being turned down or receiving no reply for application sent that doesn't mean you have to go to extremes changing your career! Especially you're in a senior level, who would want a senior guy who has no experience in a new industry / business?

A good friend of mine, having worked as a Marketing & Sales Director in the hotel industry, like you, for over 15 years, shifted her career to the training side. A hotel related training firm. See what I mean?

Having worked in this industry for 15 years you should have connections and relationships you can use, can't you? Are you really an expat? No, no discrimination but I want to know if you can or cannot handle Chinese / Mandarin, cause that could be one of the reasons / barrier for you to find a job in HK or Asia.

Don't lose faith nor give up so easily, it's been only a month and the market really started to pick up. Come on, cheer up, stay positive and focused, that's the only way you can find a good job!

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