So you've got your temporary hospitality employment lined up for this summer and are counting down the days until you start your new job. But what can you do to ensure you remain employable after your contract has ended?
Just as with any other role, the more you impress the people in charge, the more likely you are to be asked to come back for more paid employment, so bear that in mind when you take up seasonal work.
This may be especially true with restaurants, cafes, hotels and bars that are gearing up for the London 2012 Olympics, because as yet it is hard to predict the legacy of the Games on the hospitality industry.
Tom Hadley, director of policy and professional services at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, believes suppliers who are involved in the behind-the-scenes running of the Olympics and Paralympics should be focusing on finding staff to contribute to the project who can gain the expertise and experience they need to remain in the world of work after the Games has finished.
"What's the longer-term legacy of it? I think there is an opportunity for anything high-profile like the Olympics to encourage those outside of the jobs market to get the right training, and subsequently to get the right experience that will put them in good stead even when the project finishes," he commented.
"With young jobseekers, we know that a lot more needs to be done to build bridges into the world of work, and we know that a lot more needs to be done to raise awareness among young people about where the jobs are and where they will be in the future."
Meanwhile, it could be a mixed picture for those seeking hotel vacancies, as research from hotel-industry.co.uk has found that just one in three suppliers expect the Olympic Games to prove profitable to their business.
The site's Hotel Supplier Survey 2012 found that 37 per cent of hotel suppliers believe the Games will have no effect on their business, while 32 per cent said the sporting event will definitely not spell higher profits.
"Although there is and has been a lot of hotel refurbishments in preparation for the Olympics, we predicted that it would be more so 'post Olympics' when hotels have increased revenue and have capital to spend on improving their hotels. This is definitely proving true with the projects we are currently working on," explained one anonymous supplier to the survey.
Later on, when the excitement of the Games has abated and the crowds that swelled the stadiums have gone, those who found temporary work in hospitality will be wondering what is next for them. According to the research, the economic climate will act as a heavy influence on the decisions taken by hotel management over selling up venues, expanding business and maintaining current staff levels – so it is hard to draw a picture of what the hospitality employment market will be like after the summer.
Your best bet is to update your CV regularly and make a good impression on your manager when you embark on your summer job. You never know – he or she might not be able to offer you extra work, but may know someone who can.
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