I want to be general manager, but it's proving difficult. What do you suggest?

14 April 2005 by
I want to be general manager, but it's proving difficult. What do you suggest?

The expert panel Our expert panel comprises representatives from the Hotel and Catering Training Company (HCTC), MaydayExec, Bartlett Mitchell, Learnpurple, Admiral Group, Conran and Portfolio International.

The question
Starting in food and beverage after hotel school graduation, I have done banqueting, convention services and sales and, for the past six years, hotel sales and revenue development. I want to be general manager, but it's proving difficult. What do you suggest?

A good recruiter will put you forward for any relevant role that they feel you are suitable for. However, it's worth mentioning that recruiters match people to jobs according to the brief given by employers, who almost always state the ideal background, skills and competencies they are searching for.

The make-up of a general manager varies a lot, and some employers might be looking for a strong food and beverage background while others may want strong revenue-management skills. But there are common competencies, such as leadership ability and drive, which will undoubtedly be high on the list.

So think about how you can prove your experience at interview and, in the meantime, why not ask your employer if you can assist in duty management shifts to further your experience? Keep trying - the right job may be just around the corner.
Paula Rogers, managing director, Admiral Group

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