Things to avoid putting in your CV when applying to a Hospitality Job

Things to avoid putting in your CV when applying to a Hospitality Job

There probably isn’t something more important when you are applying for a job than making sure your resume is the best shape it can be. Many recruiters in different companies have to sift through so many CV’s in day, they are literally looking for any excuse to throw away a CV if they notice something wrong with it. It happens in every industry, including a competitive and high demand one like the Hospitality industry.

There is no reason you shouldn’t be able to apply to a job in this field and give recruiters a reason to not consider you. Here are some things you should avoid putting in your CV to have the best chance at landing a job in your field:

Unexplained Gaps

This is something that will vary from person to person, but it will sometime seem a little suspect if you put work experience in it and there is an undetermined time gap between the different jobs your put in there. The unexplained gap may lead to a lot of inferring and a lot of uncertainty, so if you have some sort of gap in your CV that you know you were doing something meaningful, it is good to make sure you fill in those gaps. Don’t let them think of things you didn’t do to justify them throwing away your CV.

Unnecessary Negatives

Now here we are at the opposite side of the equation. Sometimes, saying too much can be a little detrimental to your overall prospects, especially in regard to your last job experience. Obviously, you are sending your CV to apply for a job which means you are making yourself available to want another job and you are going to or already left your previous job. People leaving jobs is normal, but it’s better to keep the details of leaving a job vague, without emphasizing any negative detail like hating your previous experience or developing a sense of burnout. If a recruiter perceives those negative experiences, what makes them think that you’ll not develop the same feeling towards them?

Irrelevant Detail

Continuing on the theme of saying too much, bloating up your CV with every single experience (particularly extracurricular) you have had in your life may seem impressive to you, but imperils your CV into becoming too much for a recruiter to sift through. It is always important for you to mention something extracurricular you’ve done that will be of great importance to the recruiter and the job you’re applying for. But if its sandwiched between the time you won a competition or the time you participated in fencing, the recruiter will see that, say “irrelevant” and throw away your CV.

Avoid Vague Claims and Cliches

There is nothing that grates more to a recruiter than seeing a CV littered with fluff. Empty platitudes like “Responsible for the Day to Day operations” or “Experienced and successful man”. These are just clichés that many people have overused to the breaking point, which prevents recruiters from understanding exactly what makes you tick. Instead, make sure that you provide specific, succinct detail about the kind of things you did at your previous experiences. Something specific will at least give a better idea than the trite expressions many have used.

Lies

If you put something in your CV that you absolutely know you didn’t do, don’t put it. Most companies like to do extensive background checks, so if you put something that if they follow a trail that makes them realize you didn’t do, it’s going to come back and bite you. It may even get you blacklisted. So, just don’t do it. Don’t put things you didn’t do in an effort to seem more impressive. Believe in the things you’ve done, and make an effort to embellish yourself with actual, relevant experience that you’ll be able to prove truthfully.

For more on the Hospitality programs at C3S Business School, click here.

How to live in Barcelona on a student’s budget

How to live in Barcelona on a student’s budget

When you are in your student phase, it doesn’t matter what it is, everything will boil down to one scary, dreaded thing: cost. While you are a student, as you are in a journey to complete your studies, it is not often where you will be in a position that you’ll have enough disposable income to go by, especially if you live in an expensive city. However, despite the scare of how much you need to have money wise to make it through, however plays it smart will make it just fine.

This is true for students living in the city of Barcelona. Barcelona runs the gamut of being both affordable and expensive. It is possible, however, to enjoy your life as a student in Barcelona without income stress if you know how to be smart about things. Here are some tips that’ll give you an idea of how much money you need to allocate to certain things so you can enjoy life in Barcelona as a student.

Lodging Accomodations

Depending on the area you are going to live in the city of Barcelona, rent can vary significantly. If you are looking for something affordable to live in with a roommate, you’ll be able to find something between €250 and €500 per person with utilities included (water, gas, electricity and internet). The areas where you’ll find relatively cheap rent for students will be in Les Corts, Zona Universitaria and parts of Eixample.

Food

The average weekly cost for shopping per person (food and hygiene) is around €20 for the most careful spenders and €40 for an average spender. So you can make the math and keep a consideration of €100/month per person if you visit the more affordable supermarkets such as Mercadona, Consum, Lidl and Carrefour. If you need to eat outside your own place, know that the average cost of a meal is around €10 per meal, with half meals being around €6. Avoid fast food chains in Barcelona as much as you can because they are more expensive and lower quality than most restaurants.

Transportation

Transporation will solely depend on where your usual destinations are (ie. Where your school is located). The distance you’ll travel will determine whether you engage in public transport. Instead of paying everytime you go through the metro, you can pay for a trimester travel card called T-Jove that costs €105 for 90 days of travel if you are under 25. Another option is the city’s Bancing service, a bycicle rental scheme that for €47/year they will rent you a bike to go through the city in two wheels. Consider this if the travel distance is significant. Otherwise, the design of the city is such that its very ideal to go on a stroll.

For more on C3S Business School, its location and features, click here.

 

Reasons why Hospitality Jobs are Great

Reasons why Hospitality Jobs are Great

Jobs in the hospitality sector are becoming more popular as the years go by for good reason. In this sector people are finding a job that pushes them and grows them as professionals constantly, therefore making it one of the more rewarding jobs to get in recent years. Here are some of the reasons why jobs in the Hospitality sector are great:

Make People’s Day’s Great

If you have always had an inkling for a job that will benefit the people coming to you, where everything you do is going to make their day better, a job in the Hospitality sector is the prime candidate for that feeling. No matter what you do as either a concierge, a kitchen porter to even being the manager, doing a good job here will guarantee the satisfaction of making someone’s day better.

 Bolsters Creativity

Not only is this industry known for being people oriented. This industry is also known for pushing creativity. It gives you the tools and the sandbox to be able to come up with new ways to make your customers satisfied with your service. If you know you want to come up with those new ways, a job in this field is for you.

Opens a door to the entire world

The beauty of this industry is that pretty much every country in the world has a need for it. So many countries have made tourism a big pillar of their economy, and the need for people to work on it is always in high demand. If you have always had an inkling on serving in the hospitality industry and also craves to see the entire world, this industry gives you the gateway to find a job pretty much everywhere.

Work outside the norm

This is an industry that rewards taking responsibility even if its not yours to begin with. This is an industry that is not stuck to a boring 9 to 5 schedule. This is an industry that shows you a clear pathway for success. If you want to be part of something that operates outside of established parameters and goes with the flow with what is needed at a certain time, you will be guaranteed a job that keeps you on your toes and never falls on a rut.

C3S Business Schools offers a wide variety of programs for people interested in the hospitality sector. For more information, click here.

Choosing to Study a Postgraduate Certificate or a Graduate Diploma

Choosing to Study a Postgraduate Certificate or a Graduate Diploma

If you think that once you finish your bachelor’s degree you have reached your ceiling for learning, you’d be wrong. There is always a way to keep learning and attain more knowledge that’ll help embellish your skills that’ll help with your career. There are a couple of ways to keep on the learning train after you get your bachelor’s degree, and those ways are either a postgraduate certificate or a graduate diploma.

So now your question might be: what the difference between the postgraduate certificate and a graduate diploma is and what are they when taken as their own thing.

Graduate Diploma

A graduate diploma is a qualification (usually vocational) where someone can acquire some practical knowledge and learn some specific skillsets for someone’s chosen field. Basically, the people that pursue this diploma are interested in gaining more practical skills in a quicker fashion for potential employers. Many universities worldwide offer a graduate diploma (including our school C3S Business School). A graduate diploma usually takes about one year to complete, and many programs offer direct entry towards a Master’s degree course. For people that want to improve their career prospects and their potential income, a Graduate Diploma is a good thing to pursue.

Postgraduate Certificate

A postgraduate certificate is an educational credential which provides students with some advanced skills in a specific area of specialization. This certificate provides someone the eligibility to practice a profession. Unlike a Master’s degree that provides a broader view of a subject area and more career options, a postgraduate certificate focuses on a few areas of a specific subject. Compared to a Graduate Diploma which can be completed within a year, a postgraduate certificate can take between a few weeks to one or two years to complete. With something that can be very affordable compared to a Master’s Degree, and an ability to complete it by just completing three to seven courses, you can quickly acquire skills that can help with your career.

C3S Business Schools provides different Diplomas in different careers, each with their own level of specialization. For more information on our programs, click here.

Barcelona: Reasons Why It’s the Most Enriching City to Study Abroad

Barcelona: Reasons Why It’s the Most Enriching City to Study Abroad

Studying abroad can be considered one of the most enriching experiences a student can have during their formative, higher education years. It is a moment where they can have the opportunity to adapt to a new culture, live in the moment of something fresh and exciting, seize potential new opportunities for their future and experience the world outside the confines of their own.

From the different places students can go to experience a study abroad experience, the city of Barcelona is a unique place amongst many. Here are the reasons why the city of Barcelona is the most enriching city for students to come to for a study abroad opportunity:

Wide Geographical Variety and Beauty

The city of Barcelona is uniquely located in a valley between mountains and the sea in the Spanish region of Catalonia. Basically, it is a city with access from things to the sea and to the mountains. If you are someone very keen to experience some great sights and the great outdoors, the city of Barcelona can give you that experience with breathtaking views on a hike up Mt. Tibidabo or Monserrat one day, to a gorgeous day at the beach near the Mediterranean the next.

Food Heaven

If you want a place with a wide variety of foods, the city of Barcelona is your place. From tapas, pintxos, paella and sangria in one meal, a light breakfast with that includes things like a chocolate croissant or a “pan con tomate”, some great pastry in the different bakeries in the city, the city of Barcelona has got you covered.

Culture: Modern Architecture and Deep Art and Traditions

If there is something that the city of Barcelona embraces wholeheartedly, is its sense of culture. From traditions like the celebration of Sant Jordi on April 23, to architectural showcases of key players in art culture from Barcelona’s history like Antoni Gaudi, and art exhibitions in galleries, exhibitions and museums, the culture of Barcelona is felt all the time. Students looking to get themselves immersed into a different culture will find themselves at home in the city of Barcelona.

Plus, the city of Barcelona is home to arguably the best football/soccer team in the world: FC Barcelona. The chance to see the team play at the historic Camp Nou will make for an experience study abroad students will never forget.

Reasons to Study Business Management

Reasons to Study Business Management

This day and age, for everyone interested in ever engaging in the world of business and specially managing one, “Business Management” is an ideal choice to pursue to fast-track someone’s career or learn more about the realities of starting or managing a business. This career helps someone explore the different facets of management within the business realm, including things like finance, communication and marketing. While there is anecdotal evidence of people that have succeeded doing business without proper knowledge, the truth of the matter is that the likelihood for success rises up if someone learns these skills beforehand.

Here are the reasons why someone should consider studying Business Management:

Enhance your work experience

Anecdotally, there have been some business that have thrived just on the trial by fire knowledge of owners/workers learning as they go. Most of these businesses have found success, while others crash and burn rather quickly. The truth is, the few exceptions can’t overshadow the fact that the likelihood of success augments as soon as you learn more through Business Management courses. Learning theory, development, strategies and insights will always enhance your work experience.

Learning ways to keep up with everchanging technology

One of the most important aspects of life is always having a student mentality even outside school. With the advent of technology becoming the heart and soul of how some businesses operate, specially with how those technologies evolve faster than people may want them to, learning strategies so you can adapt your business to move forward while things are changing will keep your business relevant. Preventing your business to get stuck in something outdated is a surefire way to keep it successful. Studying “Business Management” will train your mind to adapt.

Get valuable insight from peers and mentors

The truth of the matter is, we’ll always find something of value from peers and mentors that are walking the same career path that we are. While you are studying “Business Management”, you will always run into people you can learn a lot from, and the things you learn from them may just prove critical for the ultimate success of your future business. The most successful business managers in the world didn’t learn things by themselves, so neither should you.

At C3S, we offer different levels of diplomas for Business Management for the students interested in the knowledge that will make their future businesses successful ventures. For more on our programs, click here.

Reasons to consider a career in social care in 2019

Reasons to consider a career in social care in 2019

One of the new additions to the C3S catalogue is an OTHM L7 Health and Social Care Full Time Diploma. For people interested in pursuing something in Health and Social Care, this is a good option to get their feet through the door in this area. Health and Social Care related to services that are available from health and social care providers. Health and Social Care is a generic term used to refer to the whole of the healthcare provision infrastructure, public and private sector.

Health and Social Care combines elements of sociology, biology, nutrition, law and ethics. Students that pursue a career in this area usually have a work placement alongside their academic studies. Placement will take place in a nursery, residential home, hospital, or other caring establishment. Others may take a health and social care course as a route to further qualifications hoping that it will lead to employment within this industry,

Depending on the qualifications, students of Health and Social care may start off as care assistants and develop care pathways to become doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, counselors, social workers, paramedics or other occupations.

If all of this sounds interesting, here are other reasons that may push you over the edge:

If you have the right values, you’ll find a job

There are hundreds of different jobs in adult social care. You can work in a direct care role, management, administration or something ancillary like a kitchen or domestic role. You can have these roles in the workplaces mentioned above.

You’ll make a massive difference to someone’s life.

This line of work will have your work with different people with special needs like physical disability, learning disabilities/autism, dementia, people recovering from an accident, etc. Whoever you work with, you have the potential to make a big impact in these people. That’s usually the most appealing thing from working in these sectors. If that is you, this is for you.

For more on the Health and Social Care Diploma, click here.

Reasons an English Speaker Should Learn Spanish

Reasons an English Speaker Should Learn Spanish

Even though the English language is the most widely known and most widely used language in the world, the truth is that even for native speakers, the reason to learn an extra language like say, Spanish, outweighs any reason not to learn it. The world is becoming increasingly more connected and increasingly more diverse, it is almost a fool’s errand to not actively seek to learn a new language

Spanish, next to English, is the second most common language in the world, and also one of relatively easier ones to learn. Here are some of the reasons why you should learn Spanish as an English speaker:

Open your World to New Job Opportunities

Nowadays, when someone is looking for a new job, you will find that prospective employees have a higher and better chance to be hired if they have knowledge of a language other than their own. The reasons for that are pretty obvious: the world is changing. The countries in the world that deal in business are no longer living in isolation. These countries deal in business by networking and connecting with other countries; countries we may add, that may speak completely different language. Companies want to strengthen their hiring practices by bringing people with multiple language knowledge, so it will be highly beneficial for your future career prospects to know an extra language or two. Spanish and English speakers tend to be the most common that get hired in these instances. The doors it opens are significant enough for you to ignore that.

Give a Mental Boost to Your Brain

Just like knowing a new language can be of great benefit to your career, so can it be a great benefit to your own self, particularly your brain. The way learning a new language can help your mind, especially the way it can help with the way you do your thought process, can be something of great benefit to yourself. By learning a new language, it can help with memory improvement, it can help you with your attention span and it can help reduce risk of age-related cognitive decline.

Become more aware of your culture and others

One great advantage of being in the process of learning a language is how it heightens your cultural sensitivities not only of other cultures, but your own. Learning a language can be of great benefit to serve as a door to a different culture, making you better understand a different society from yours. Once you start understanding a different society, you can start looking at your own culture with a refreshed perspective, where you can get now an outsider’s perspective on your own culture and notice what works and what doesn’t. Understanding cultures with a heightened sense of cultural sensitivity can enrich your knowledge of everything around you.

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Differences between Tourism Degree and a Hospitality Degree

Differences between Tourism Degree and a Hospitality Degree

As of right now, we have established what are the factors that can determine if you are interested to get a degree in the Tourism industry. We also established the different kinds of careers that you could acquire after getting your degree in Tourism. Today, we are going to focus on something to keep in mind when heading to study in this industry: what is the difference between getting a tourism degree or a hospitality degree?

Tourism Degree

 One of the big key elements of Tourism itself is that it’s a very specific type of industry relating to travel. These programs in Tourism look at how to make clients and customers feel more comfortable and satisfied while traveling. Many graduates with a tourism degree can find work as travel agents and tour guides as well as become representatives for major travel companies. If anything, if you play your cards right, you might be able to get a job at a place like Disney thanks to a degree in Tourism

Hospitality Degree

 The key factor of getting a hospitality degree is that it’s a degree that prepares you for working in customer service and the travel industries. Students take courses on food sanitation, food preparation, hotel management, ordering and human resources. By being part of these processes, students will know how to take stock of inventories, schedule employees working underneath you and follow a strict budget. Combine all this with the high levels of customer service expertise that’ll be ingrained in your brain, you can get different kinds of jobs like a manager of a five-star resort or as a manager of a conference center.

For more on the information on the Tourism and Hospitality Management programs of C3S, click here.