How to Choose the Right Hotel to Start Your Career

How do you choose what hotel to work at or start your career at? If you are at the beginning of your career and are looking for your next internship or your first full-time employer you are probably thinking about the “right” brand to work for, the more luxurious the better.


You couldn’t be more wrong.


Why? Because while the brand of the hotel plays a role in your image, but matters less when it comes to getting the most valuable experience to build your career on.


I am going to tell you how to select the right hotel for your career.


Before we get into that, I want to tell you why it doesn’t matter what brand the hotel is and that in fact, the more luxurious is not better for your career.


It doesn’t matter what brand the hotel is


Effectively, the work is the same in all hotels in the same category, a Crowne Plaza does not operate dramatically different from a Hilton or Marriott. The guests in these hotels probably stay at all three brands when they travel and can’t even tell the difference between them. It’s a world of sameness.


Don’t believe me?


Can you tell which brands these rooms belong to?


No one can - because there is no differentiator.


Same goes for your career at these brands and hotels. It doesn’t matter if it is one or the other, because ultimately what will make or break your career is you and the people you work with - not the brand of the hotel you work at.


The hotel level doesn’t matter either


You’re probably thinking: “Managers must be better at luxury hotels”. Why do