3 Ways to Help Your Child Get A Hospitality Job Abroad
Over time, the hospitality industry has become one of the most stable industries in the world and has consistently produced tremendous contributions for global economic growth. It has also allowed people from all over the world to start a successful career in a place other than where they were born.
If your child is interested in building a career in this field, here are three ways to help your child get a hospitality job abroad.
1. Discuss with your child where and why they want to go abroad.
Before your child dives into the world of getting employed abroad, it is essential that you speak with them to ensure that you are both on the same page. Granted, it is their life, and they have to do what they deem is right; however, as a parent, it will be easier for you to support their decision if you understand why they are making it.
Your child is going to need your emotional and mental support throughout this transition period, and so, if you are both working towards the goal together, everyone wins.
Additionally, you want to ensure that your child feels comfortable coming to talk with you about this exciting new venture. Open up space for them to speak with you about their excitement, as well as their worries.
If you have spent time living and working abroad, you may also be in a position to give them some advice. Alternatively, at the very least, you will be able to bring another perspective to the conversation.
The importance of this step can’t be overstated.
2. Work with your child to create a plan of action to make it happen.
Once you are both on the same page, it is time to put your heads together to create a plan of action to make it happen. For many people, these types of decisions can start to feel overwhelming, so they stop themselves before they get ahead.
To ensure this doesn’t happen, work as your child’s accountability buddy and check in with them on a weekly/monthly basis to ensure that they are getting the necessary things done on a reasonable timeline.
This may include joining job boards that specialize in the region where they are interested in working, or perhaps they already have contacts in their network that they should reach out to. An important “to-do” is to join LinkedIn and reach out to any hospitality businesses that could be potential employers.
Additionally, your child may decide that working with a job recruiter is necessary to help streamline the process and make it more efficient.
Whatever your child needs to do, commit to being there to help them stay on track and make their dreams a reality.
3. Look over and edit your child’s resume and cover letters.
On a practical level, the best thing that you can do for your child at this point is to be their personal editor. Agree to look over and edit their resume and their cover letters.
This is such a critical help as your child only has one chance to make a first impression, and it would be a massive shame for them to waste that because they made too many grammar errors or forgot to update to whom the cover letter was addressed.
Unfortunately, these are easy mistakes to make when you are quickly putting these documents together, and you know what it is supposed to say. An extra pair of eyes never hurts when it comes to the editing process!
A Couple More Things
Obtaining a job abroad is something that many people dream of, but few people actually have the motivation to make happen; therefore, if you have raised a child who is interested in doing this, feel proud that they are willing to think outside of the box.
That being said, you want to ensure that you are always encouraging them to expand their skill set and learn new things, whether that is through professional courses, networking events, further education, or the like. Getting a job overseas can be challenging, so keep reminding them never to give up. No one knows what can be found around the corner.
Daulet Zhumagulov is the Founder and CEO at WeHoteliers, a specialized online hospitality portal in the GCC region where prospective and experienced talents can explore career opportunities and be discovered by the top employers of the industry. The company’s mission is to provide an efficient and modern platform that will focus on the needs and interests of hospitality professionals.