Here at the Hosco advice page, we’ve had a busy year. We’ve covered the trends that are changing hospitality, chatted with professionals from every sector of the industry, and dished out all the information you need to know about the major career paths.
In 2023, we can’t wait to bring you even more exciting and in-depth industry coverage. But, before we say hello to a new year, we want to take a look back at the year we’re about to say goodbye to.
With this in mind, we’ve decided to gather 12 of the best Hosco blog articles from the past year all in one place for you to look at over the holiday period. No matter where you are at or what you do in the industry, there's bound to be a couple articles on this list that will be useful for you!
Salaries in the hospitality industry have a reputation for being notoriously low for the amount and type of work required. While this economic reality is starting to change, including entry level positions, there have always been well paying jobs at the top end of career paths.
Whether you love planning parties and want to become an event manager or just pursue your passion for food and become an executive chef, there are plenty of jobs in hospitality where you can do what you love while taking home a hefty paycheck.
There are a number of different jobs that make up the team in a hotel lobby. The reception team is there to make sure check-ins and check-outs run smoothly. The guest relations managers make sure folks staying at the hotel have everything they need to be comfortable. And when hotel guests want to get out and about for a night on the town, they go to the concierge.
Being a concierge gives you the opportunity to help your guests get the most out of their time in a city. You are the person with their finger on the pulse so travelers will come to you for expert recommendations on where to eat, what neighborhoods to visit, and what to watch out for. After all, the concierge is the ultimate insider.
There isn’t one direct way to become a chef. Some people get famous cooking food on Instagram then open their own restaurants. Others start with a job as commis chef before becoming a chef de partie and moving up the brigade.
But one of the most overlooked career paths in the kitchen is through the pastry department. Becoming a pastry chef is a great way to carve out your own identity in the competitive kitchen world. High end restaurants and hotels are always looking for top notch pastry chefs to join their teams.
If you show enough skill and leadership abilities, you could find yourself in an executive pastry chef job before you know it!
Starting a career in hospitality is always the beginning of an exciting journey. And there has never been a better time to embark on a journey in the hospitality industry than right now.
The coronavirus pandemic and other factors have led to a staffing shortage. This crisis is a headache for employers but the positive consequence is that hospitality workers have more power now than ever before. From higher salaries at all levels to better working conditions and benefits, companies in the industry have started changing their ways.
There are a number of different types of bars in the hospitality industry. From pubs to fancy martini lounges, a solid person behind the bar is always in high demand.
Yes, working in certain places, like as a mixologist at a cocktail bar or a sommelier at a wine bar might require a certain amount of expert knowledge. However, you gain this along the way if you show interest and passion.
The most important skills a bartender can have when they start are soft ones. If you are an outgoing person with a genuine interest in others and love to provide excellent customer service, then you just might make an excellent bartender.
One of the most important sustainability trends in hospitality in recent years is the movement towards a plant-based approach in the restaurant sector. From vegan bbq food carts to plant-based Michelin star restaurants, moving away from meat is not just a fad. There is a growing demand in the market for more plant based offerings so it’s good for the business and for the planet
Climate change is perhaps the most pressing global threat facing the human race. And one of the largest contributing factors to this is the industrial farming of livestock for meat consumption. If humans can embrace a more plant-based lifestyle to reduce the amount of meat we consume and establish a more sustainable diet, then we might be able to slow the effects of climate change.
Hunting for a hotel job can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you are new to the industry. When you first start out it’s important to not only know about the different roles in a hotel, but also all of the different types of hotels where you can find these job titles.
Having a clear idea of what types of hotel concepts exist will help you navigate through job postings much easier. The more you know about the potential places you can work, the better you can determine which one is the right fit for you.
Whether it’s understanding the difference between boutique hotels and suite hotels or the difference between 3 and 4 star properties, the more you know about the industry the better chance you have of finding a job that you can stick with
If you want to become a craft beer bartender, then you should study Tommy Hahs’ journey through the world of hops and malts.
After going to university for environmental science, Tommy found himself working in the hospitality industry while looking for a job that aligned with his degree. Before he could find that job he fell in love with craft beer and began a journey that he’s still on today.
Now, with 7 years under his belt in the beer world, Tommy has found himself managing the bar, curating the taplist, and pouring pints at one of the hippest spots in the craft beer mecca of Portland, Oregon.
Following two years of incredible stressful and uncertain working conditions, mental health awareness in hospitality is more important now than ever. Jobs in our industry can be tough with long shifts, rude customers, and unsocial working hours. If you’re not careful, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and experience professional burnout.
Workers need to get better at identifying and communicating their mental health needs to their managers and managers need to create a working environment that aims to reduce the detrimental effects of the job. It’s only through working together to create more open and supportive workplaces that we can start to address the mental health issues that have plagued the industry for years.
On the internet everybody has an opinion and they aren’t afraid to share it. While it can be tempting to dismiss all online negativity as the work of haters and trolls, you might be ignoring genuine critique in the process. Not taking your customer feedback on board, whether positive or negative, can be incredibly detrimental.
As a hospitality professional you should be especially focused on making sure your guests are satisfied and encourage them to share their experiences online. Positive online reviews from happy customers are a solid way to build your personal brand in the hospitality industry.
As the hospitality moves out of the coronavirus pandemic and into the new normal, a shift is beginning to take place. This movement towards better pay, conditions, and work-life balance has been a long time coming. While hospitality workers around the world welcome this new working reality, many are still feeling the pinch.
Circumstances are certainly getting better in general but not all companies are all able or willing to improve conditions right now. We recently spoke to hospitality professionals to see what they are doing to advocate for themselves and fight for a more satisfying career.
As the world is opening up again and travel is returning, many people are starting to book vacation plans that they put on hold during the pandemic. As we return to the normal pace of global travel, it’s important to think about the impact tourism has on the world around us. Being more conscious of our choices as tourists allows us to be better citizens of the world.
One of the best ways to be conscious about your travel choices is to research the different types of tourism and how they fit in with your personal values. There are many ways to travel and see the world that can be much more satisfying than checking off a list of famous sights and international hotspots.