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Hotel Job Opportunities

We all search for job opportunities at some point. It's just one of those things we can't avoid. That inevitable employment at some company or business. Sure, there are self-employment options as well, but they typically don't come early on. Most of us are stuck at some random restaurant, movie theater, grocery store, car wash, or hotel. I personally have dealt with a number of odd jobs before and during college. Those were good times. You want to know what the most draining one was? It was a hotel bartender position. I have to admit, when I initially pondered hotel job opportunities, I never considered the fact that they're never closed. This aspect of the lodging business settled in rather quickly once I started.

Don't get me wrong! Not all hotel job opportunities are bad. I am just ragging on mine. I have no problem saying that it was at the Marriott. Now, let me say this; the Marriott has wonderful benefits for their employees. Or at least they did when I was there in 2001. Furthermore, the salary I acquired as a bartender was excellent and the fellow employees were totally cool people. However, it was the hours that were utterly dreadful. I was always scheduled to work four days a week. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Doesn't sound like much, huh? Considering the fact that most people work five days a week. BUT, and notice how that's a very big BUT; my shifts were insane. On Wednesday and Thursday I worked from 12pm to 1am. And on Fridays and Saturdays I worked from 11am to 2am. That's ridiculous! Now what do you think of hotel job opportunities? I would wake up in the middle of the night with horrible cramps and leg pains. Needless to say, I only lasted about 5 months at this job. Then it was on to brighter and less strenuous pastures.

So, maybe you are currently considering hotel job opportunities. This is totally cool. But, don't forget what I said regarding the hours. They can get hairy. On the other hand, if you take a job as a desk clerk, room service waiter/waitress, or cook, they could be totally different. Just don't forget that the bar is open the longest.


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