Recruitment Manager at City Pub Company
Simon is a hospitality veteran and has been working in the industry for close to 10 years with experience across restaurants, pubs, bars, hotels and nightclubs. Here are his insight and tips for candidates on how to best ready yourself and prepare for the bounce back post Covid-19, which you don’t want to miss out on.
2020 needs to be given a big reset!
Like many others of you I’ve never experienced anything quite like what we’re all going through and I sincerely hope that we never will again. To say I’m feeling more anxious as a result would be an enormous understatement!
My flatmate said recently that it feels that the days have no direction which I felt was bang on and also something I’ve personally found really hard to adjust to (despite the appeal of vegging out on the sofa). I work better with a pattern of what I’m doing, with clear and obviously goals at the end. Having been furloughed for 3 weeks (at the time of writing), there is only so much focaccia, pasta and various stocks I can make!
Despite the negativity this is also an opportunity for self-reflection; a chance to become more connected with friends and relatives and to really take time to focus on what’s important in each of our own lives. It’s also a crucial time for you to give serious consideration to getting back to work and being as ‘employable’ as possible.
As a Recruitment Manager I’ve seen 1000s of CV’s and interviewed 100s of people from hourly paid roles up to C-suite levels, and it never fails to amaze me how under-prepared, irrelevant or just plain bad some of these applications have been. DON’T LET YOURSELF FALL INTO THIS TRAP!
To ensure you stand out as best as possible, it’s essential to think about the following things:
When did you last (seriously) update your CV? – I don’t mean just adding in your most recent role but going through every aspect on there and being honest about its relevancy. In truth, I’ve found that you should try and have a few versions of your CV that you can change and amend, based on the job/company you are applying for. Your cover letter, skills and experience etc. should be tailored based on the requirements of the role advertised.
What have you been doing with your time since the Covid-19 outbreak?
This is going to be one of my first questions to candidates. I’m looking to see how people have reacted when faced with adversity, for a drive to help their community and do something good in a time of negativity. As a result, you should seriously consider adding any voluntary work onto your CV at the beginning of your work experience. It can be as simple as helping a neighbour, or volunteering for the NHS, every opportunity to display your attitude will set you apart from those that watched Breaking Bad twelve times!