Beach resort jobs in the hospitality industry are very plentiful and available throughout the world. You could find work in Hawaii, jobs in the Caribbean, Mexico, and places in between.
The largest employers are international hotel chains such as Starwood Hotels (which owns Westin and other brands), Fairmont Hotels, Hilton, Four Seasons Resorts and Hotels, and so forth. The largest properties employer hundreds of workers in many capacities:
- Food and Beverage
- Public Relations
- Front Desk
- Human Resources
- Valet Parking
- Information Systems
If you’re going to break into the hospitality industry, and are doing so largely for a change in scenery and travel purposes, then look into beach resort jobs or other resort careers that put you in an exciting location. When you have time off enjoy resort golf, scuba diving, surfing, or other benefits available due to the location.
Maybe you’re quitting your current day job in August or September or were let go in corporate downsizing. In this scenario you might consider getting a ski resort job. Colorado ski resort jobs are hard to beat as there are so many ski resorts in close proximity, there’s great shopping in many towns (think: Aspen, Vail), and of course the skiing is fantastic.
Resort job pay and benefits vary widely. Depending on the hotel job, you might be earning a salary, salary plus tips, salary and sales bonuses, or some other combination of things adding up to your total compensation. For certain, if you’re a full-time employee with a large company or hotel conglomerate, you will have access to health insurance, retirement plans, probably discount or practically free hotel privileges for yourself and family, training, and other kinds of benefits. Usually the hotel discounts apply across the entire chain of properties, not just the one you work at.
For travel hounds there’s yet another benefit available: the ability to transfer from one property to another. When you’re tired of working in Maui perhaps you’ll find a great opening, with the same employer, at their property in Orlando, Florida, or Aspen, Colorado.
Are you a non-U.S. citizen with a goal of working in the U.S.? Many hospitality industry employers will hire workers through the
J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa Program.
Nearly all of the major hotels, spas and resorts offer internships to college students studying in the hospitality or hotel management fields. To gain acceptance into many hospitality internship programs you’ll need to have completed a year of study in the field. Some internships are paid while others are not. The experience you gain in your hotel internship will look good on a resume and help you land a career in the hospitality industry after graduation. Internships are a great way to network, and will help you get a foot in the door.
Summer Beach Resort Jobs
There are a fair number of summer beach resort jobs. Obviously, when school is out, families pack up and hit beach resort towns everywhere. Most resorts that do a lot of seasonal hiring will begin gearing up in late winter and early spring, seeking sports instructors, lifeguards, golf attendants, and extra staff for valet parking, guest services, and food and beverage jobs.
Also, consider that many national parks, such as Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Denali National Park, and so forth, hire thousands of people for seasonal jobs. The vast majority of employees at national parks in the U.S. and abroad are seasonal and provide thousands of summer jobs. Instead of an ocean front beach resort maybe you should consider working in a scenic spot. Some of the off-hours activites will be different, but not dramatically so.
Maybe your summer resort job will turn you onto a full-time career in hospitality!
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