Stop Losing Talent at the Last Hour – Best Practices for Closing on a Job Offer

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How many times have you done your best to recruit a candidate, only to have them walk away from the job offer? Say you’ve developed a good relationship, checked out their social media profile, checked references, made your best offer … and still lose the candidate to another company. It’s a competitive world out there… Read more »

What to Do If There Are Gaps in Your Hospitality Resume

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Gaps in employment on your resume can be a deal-breaker. You know the expression, “It’s always easier to find a job if you have a job”? Unfortunately, it’s generally true that employers frown upon employment dates that aren’t consecutive. This article will give you some tips for how to cover the gaps in a resume,… Read more »

5 Key Takeaways from the NACE Conference + Expo

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The National Association for Catering & Events (NACE) is a professional organization for event and catering specialists. NACE has been around for more than 60-years and has over 40 chapters and 3,500 members.  Each year they host an annual conference. In 2019, the event was held in Cincinnati, Ohio. Gecko Hospitality was pleased to attend… Read more »

What to Do When You Are Scheduled to Work With Someone You Don’t Like

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Grin and bear it. We’ve all had to force ourselves to get along with a co-worker we don’t like but have to work alongside. It may be the person is overbearing or just somehow rubs you the wrong way; no matter what the problem is, you like the job and want to do the work…. Read more »

Tips for Managing Your Hotel Staff Successfully

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Managing a hotel staff in the hospitality industry can be one of the most challenging parts of the job. The job requires organization, people skills and stamina, but if you do it well, it can be both financially lucrative and personally fulfilling. Here are some of our best tips for managing the challenges that come… Read more »

5 Tricks to Master the Art of Bartender Small Talk

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Most everyone understands that bartenders do more than pour and mix. Have you ever met a surly bartender? Probably not, because most bartenders know they serve an important customer service and business ambassador role when they’re behind the counter. That makes their ability to hold quick and fun conversations with patrons really important to leaving… Read more »

4 Reasons to Build Trust With Your Hospitality Employees

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Trust is relevant to all relationships, and that includes the one between an employer and their employee. Without it, there’s a lot of dysfunction. If a manager doesn’t trust their workers, they may micromanage and second-guess them. If an employee doesn’t trust their employer, chances are high they will leave or be so unmotivated the… Read more »

Is There a Limit to How Much I Can Negotiate a Job Offer?

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You’ve landed the job offer. It’s the home stretch toward starting a new job. There are three options now: Accepting the offer, declining it or making a counteroffer on the salary they’re offering. You don’t want to blow the job or make the employer mad, but you also don’t want to walk away from higher… Read more »

Why Giving Recognition Is So Important for Employees Working in the Hospitality Industry

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It’s human nature to want praise for a job well done. This is especially true in the challenging hospitality field, where workers are tasked with pleasing their customers in a variety of settings, from restaurants to hotels and more. But sometimes managers are hard-pressed to remember to praise employees, especially when they are busy or… Read more »

Should I Wear a Suit to a Hospitality Interview?

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Even though you probably shouldn’t, chances are high you really do judge a book by the cover. Studies show that new acquaintances, employers and colleagues make assumptions about all kinds of things just because of how you look. Those first impressions are hard to overcome, which is exactly why new applicants to any job should… Read more »