We're recruiting staff.September sees the departure of the summer workers off to university.
One of our girls has actually found a 'proper' job having worked for us since she was 15 right through university.Chef says its the end of an era.
I suppose therein lies the problem,most British workers still view hospitality work as a stopping off point en route to a permanent job,its a shame that its still not viewed by many as a career option.Though admittedly the long and unsocial hours aren't a great selling point.
I've trawled through a weird and wonderful array of CV's.
It struck me that perhaps some of the applicants could do with a few pointers on how to successfully apply for a job.
Obviously this is just my personal opinion of course.other potential employers may have different criteria.
1.Keep it brief
One or two pages max.Any CV longer than this goes straight in the bin.Its not that I'm not interested in you,you understand,its just that I DON'T HAVE TIME TO READ IT.
2.Check your spelling and grammar.
3.Keep the information relevant to the application,giving some indication that you have actually researched what the job is and what qualities are required.
For example I'm not really interested that you are 'qualified to use the St Tropez ultimate air system and have a level 2 certificate in Jessica manicures' or that you have '6 months small animal care experience',whilst the kitchen staff(and sometimes the customers for that matter)may sometimes act like animals,we are not recruiting a zoo keeper.
4.Include contact details(surprising how many don't),keep it sensible for example:if your email address is on the lines of 'pink iced buns@ mail.co.uk' its probably time to make a change,unless you're applying to a lap dancing club of course.
5.It may be a good idea not to be overly liberal with the truth if you want to give yourself a chance of even making the interview stage.For example 'I have had many jobs but as yet have never managed to hold down a full time job' or 'I have no relevant experience but am willing to give it a go and see if it works out' or even 'mostly I like to just sit at home,watch TV and relax,much like anyone else'....... does not exactly instil me with confidence in your enthusiasm or energy levels..
Today I rang one of the applicants I'd selected for interview.
Self:Hello I'm *me* from the Inn,I'm ringing with regard to your application for work.
Applicant:Ah yes.... the BAR JOB..
Self:Would you be able to pop over for a chat one afternoon next week?
Applicant:Should be OK,when were you thinking?
Self:Would Wednesday afternoon about 2.30 be OK?
Applicant:Make it a bit earlier?
Self:No I'm sorry I'm over at the pub every lunchtime so I'm only back at the inn between 2.30 and 5pm.
Applicant:How about Monday?
Self:No I cant do Monday
Self:No I'm sorry I'm very busy on Fridays I can only do Tuesday,Wednesday or Thursday.
Applicant:It shouldn't take long, I'm a medical student,taking a year out.
Self: Oh????I'm very sorry but I just cant spare any time on Friday
Applicant: Oh that doesn't work,that just doesn't work for me AT ALL..
Applicant:Tell you what lets just leave it till the following week,Thursday afternoon,3pm, OK with you??
And I thought there were over 2 million people unemployed in this country.