When starting a career in the hospitality industry, most candidates will be bursting to ask all sorts of questions. What job best suits me? How shall I go about securing employment? Which companies should I approach?
We aim to answer all these questions and more – and we can start with the latter one now, as Casa Hotel in Chesterfield has been shortlisted for a best employer award.
The four-star establishment in Derbyshire has achieved a ranking in Caterer.com's Top 50 Employers in Hospitality list, as well as being selected as one of the finalists in the site's Best Employers in Hospitality Awards 2012 England and Wales, which focus on organisations that value their staff and focus on developing all areas of their careers.
Casa Hotel owner Steve Perez commented: "I am overwhelmed that we have been shortlisted for this award. The excellent reviews we get are because of the fantastic staff here at Casa and I am proud that they are pleased to work here. To have an official award to say we are great employers is an amazing achievement."
The winner will receive the accolade at a ceremony in London next month, which may encourage jobseekers to look for hospitality employment opportunities with the victorious company.
Another venue that could be inundated with job applications and CVs is the Liverpool Community College's Maritime Academy's tall ship, which is berthed at Albert Dock in order to give businesses a chance to experience sea-going corporate hospitality.
The Glaciere is a 112-year-old ship that offers a range of team-building and sea-faring experiences including power boat scavenger hunts, along with three-course meals put together by the college's award-winning hospitality and catering team.
Dave Murray, head of the Maritime Academy, commented: "Liverpool is a port city and I thought it's about time we had a venue for businesses which really celebrated that and offered some unique sea-going experiences.
"The tall ship is a unique venue in itself, but that combined with the first class catering we offer and the range of activities such as power boat challenges, really offers something above and beyond the normal corporate hospitality venues we have in the city," he added.
Meanwhile, this week (May 14th to 20th) marks Hospitality Action Week, which aims to raise awareness and help those with hospitality jobs who have fallen on hard times. These can be people who are suffering from illness, experiencing poverty and bereavement or who are struggling to cope with looking after sick or disabled children.
As part of the action, staff from ABode hotels, Michael Caines Restaurants and Brownsword Hotels will be fundraising by taking part in a sponsored indoor bike ride, Manchesterconfidential.co.uk reported.
The team members will take it in turns to pedal for half an hour in order to cover the 340-mile distance between Gidleigh Park and ABode Manchester.
Christophe Hesbert, general manager of ABode Chester, told the website: "During Hospitality Action Week we wanted to do further fundraising events to help raise awareness and to show support.
"Hospitality Action is the only charity that represents our industry and as such provides a vital support network for the people that work within it. We aim to raise £1,000 on the day."
In summary, those searching for jobs in the hospitality industry may be encouraged to learn that there are all sorts of quirky venues, positions and employers who will help make the workplace a satisfying and exciting place to be.