Becoming A Hotel Manager

by fred 26. January 2011
So, you wish to turn into a hotel manager? It can be a very gratifying job and it's undoubtedly one of the most prestigious opportunities in the hospitality sector. As with any career paths, you have to be willing to relocate it if you want to get to that dream job. Before you start, you'll want to be confident this is a career for you. Read on to learn what you need to know about starting a career as a hotel manager!

 What Do Hotel Managers Manage?

  As a hotel manager you would manage all aspects of operations in the hotel in which you are employed. Yes, your chores go far beyond the front desk. Here are some of the things you'll manage as a hotel manager:
· Front desk; checking guests in and out, meeting the desires of guests individually and making future reservations
· Counselor and tutor to front desk employees
· Making sure the hotel is stocked with needed cleaning, catering supplies as well as room amenities
· Handling guest complaints and making sure that they get satisfied 
· Bookkeeping
· Filling in when there is a shortage of staff in any area of the hotel (kitchen staff, housekeeping, front desk clerk, etc ...) 
 
What Kinds of Skills do I Need to be a Hotel Manager?

  As with any job, there are some required skills for each position. Having most of these skills might make you a better match for becoming a hotel manager than someone who didn't have these skills. The hotel manager must have certain skills and be trainable. Here are a few common skills for hotel managers:

· Great phone personality (for taking reservations and handling calls)
· A good leader 
· Ability to remain calm when dealing with angry guests
· Good financial skills
· Organizational skills
· Good listening skills 
· Flexibility (the hotel industry gets busy and you could get subject to fluctuating hours; you will also have to endure cross training which requires to be flexible)
 
How Can I Become a Hotel Manager?

  If you want to become a hotel manager you will want to know where to begin. Here are some resources:
· Take a class in hotel management
· Take an internship
· Get a job at a hotel (any job will do, as you'll have the chance to learn all aspects of the hotel business once you get a foot in the door!)
 
 
Benefits of Being a Hotel Manager

A hotel manager reaps lots of benefits, such as:
· Discounted hotel rates
· Traveling
· Learning all aspects of the business
· Helping make clients' stays memorable
· Watch it grow
. It looks good on your resume 
 

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