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The Question I have been working in the same hotel for 22 years and have been general manager for the past two-and-a-half. The four-star townhouse in London is about to change hands and I feel I may be surplus to requirements. I am 44 and considering a move to Yorkshire to become a reception manager. Should I start contacting recruitment consultants or sit tight?
View the situation as a great opportunity, particularly as you feel unsure about your immediate role. Think about what you really want from your next role. What is it that's really drawing you towards a reception manager post and relocation?
Rather than sit tight and see what happens, talk to the new owners about their plans and aspirations for the hotel, as you may find there is a key role for yourself. If you are not reassured and decide to contact recruitment consultants, limit yourself to a small number who specialise in the field you seek. Look for recommendations from friends and colleagues who have used recruitment consultants in the past. Prepare to promote yourself in a positive fashion. When preparing your CV, clearly detail all the major achievements and initiatives you have created and introduced into the hotel over the past 22 years. Particularly highlight involvement in reception services if this is what you wish to pursue.
David Goldfarb, director, MaydayExec
If you are considering a change of location, and especially a move to Yorkshire, it is best to start putting irons in the fire as early as possible. Really great opportunities exactly where you want them do not come up every day, and a recruitment consultant can alert you when one does. Confidentiality is the key, and you must tell the recruitment consultant you want to be kept informed, although you clearly want to see how things work out in London as well.
Lesley Reynolds, chief executive, Portfolio International
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