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Landing a Job in Hospitality

If you’re considering a career in hospitality in Australia, you’ve got a bright future ahead of you!

Over the last decade, Australia has risen to become one of the best food and tourism destinations in the world. Fresh local produce, vibrant restaurant culture and chic hotels in stunning locations: this exciting combination has led to a massive expansion in opportunities.

Employment in the hospitality industry is predicted to grow at a rate of 12.1% over the next five years (which equals an additional 91,000 jobs). With so much diversity and growth in the sector, a hospitality career can take you anywhere.

So, what kinds of jobs are out there, and where do you get started?

Here’s our definitive list of the different job opportunities available in hospitality, from bar to kitchen.

In the kitchen

If you’re in the kitchen, you’re essentially either preparing food or cleaning dishes. You may start working in one area and then be asked to assist with others as you develop more skills. A kitchen is a well-oiled machine with a strict hierarchy and the Executive Chef at the very top, so be sure to follow instructions carefully!

Here are all the positions you’ll find in a kitchen.

  • Executive Chef or Head Chef (the boss)
  • Sous Chef (the Head Chef’s assistant)
  • Chef de Partie, also known as Station Chef, Line Chef, Line Cook (has a specific area such as fish or vegetables)
  • Commis Chef (a younger chef training under a Chef de Partie)
  • Kitchen Porter or Kitchen hand (a general kitchen assistant, usually without training)
  • Dishwasher
  • Sandwich hand (doing basic food preparation in cafes)
  • Pastry Chef
  • Cook

According to Seek.com, there are currently 4132 jobs kitchen jobs on offer in Australia.

Serving Customers

If you prefer the human interaction side of hospitality work, you’ll find a lot of opportunities across multiple sectors. With great people skills, you can go a long way in this industry!

These are the main entry-level customer service positions in the hospitality market.

  • Wait staff (in restaurants or cafes)
  • Barista (with a little coffee training!)
  • Bartending (you will need an RSA and RCG for this in Australia)
  • Fine dining table service (with a little silver-service training)
  • Front Desk or Hotel Clerk
  • Concierge
  • Casino Host
  • Front-of-House Manager
  • Cruise Ship Attendant
  • Café ‘all-rounder’ (make coffee, prep food and serve customers)
  • Sommelier
  • General Host/Hostess

There are 2,297 bartending jobs and 4,206 café jobs currently in Australia, according to seek.com. Try some of the other job titles and you’re sure to find even more.

Management positions

One of the great things about a career in hospitality is that you start at the bottom and work your way up. Most Executive Chefs started out washing dishes! With a few years and some hard work, you’ll be climbing that ladder.

Most management skills are transferrable across many different settings, so you will find a lot of opportunities across the whole spectrum of hospitality work.

  • Front of House Manager (in bars and restaurants)
  • Head Waiter
  • Guest Relations Manager (in hotels)
  • Catering Sales Manager
  • Hotel Manager
  • Personnel or Staffing Manager
  • Bar, Café or Restaurant Manager
  • Shift Manager
  • Sales and Marketing Manager
  • Director of Maintenance
  • Director of Operations
  • Executive Housekeeper
  • Kitchen Manager

Other ‘behind the scenes’ roles

There are lots of other diverse, entry-level roles, working behind-the-scenes to keep a restaurant, hotel or bar running. These positions may be less visible, but they’re no less important in day-to-day operations! These positions come with the opportunity to move into management positions, too.

  • Housekeeping and cleaning staff
  • Bar runner or Busser
  • Valet
  • Bellhop (in hotels)
  • Porter
  • Bell or Room Attendant
  • Housemaid, or hotel maid
  • Maintenance
  • Back Office Assistant
  • Sales or Marketing Assistant

Event Organising

If your passion lies in planning and running events, then this is the right area for you! Event organisation and planning is a hugely diverse area. You may work for a fixed venue, or you might have a temporary contract with an annual festival. Or perhaps, you’ll start a small business, planning weddings.

Wherever you end up, here are a few roles to help you get started.

  • Booking Agent (at a venue)
  • Events Coordinator
  • Meeting Coordinator or Planner
  • Wedding Planner
  • Conference Manager
  • Event Catering Staff
  • Resort Activities Staff
  • Event Supervisor
  • Game-Day Staff (at sporting events)
  • Social Media Marketing and Promotions
  • Logistics
  • Banquet Servers
  • Host/Hostess
  • Activities or Events Planner

There are currently 12,936 jobs in events listed online in Australia!

Now you know what’s out there, it’s time to get that hospitality job you want. Start by writing a killer resume, send it out to some of those online job postings we’ve linked you to, and you’re on your way!

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