You’ve probably noticed that we talk a lot about the “soft skills” you need to work in the hospitality and events industries, and how valuable these are to your career. But what about the transferable skills you may have picked up from other jobs? Or the skills that you may develop in a front of house position which can be used in another industry?


Light bulb moment?


We read an article detailing the '10 Steps for Identifying Your Transferable Job Skills'. We thought this was a great read and it made us ask ourselves, “what are the top transferrable skills someone should develop while working in the hospitality or events industries?” The answers are below, we invite you to see what our top 5 transferable skills are that you can take from the bar to the boardroom.


We suggest spending some time to discover and refine them, even if you are studying something completely different. Being aware of them may actually edge your competition out and land you your dream job.


1. Attention to Detail

Focus, detail and being accurate is a non-negotiable. Commit 100%.

2. Customer Service

Customer service to guests is always the #1 priority. It takes patience and understanding to maintain this, in any field.

3. Building Relationships

Your ability to build rapport and acknowledge the needs, wants and desires of your customers will be rewarded in loyalty, potential employment or business opportunities.

4. Language Skills

Let’s face it, you’re meeting many people from different cultures every day. If you can communicate fluently with them, you’re miles ahead of others that can’t.

5. Sales

Sales equals profit, profit equals happy boss. Effectively up selling and managing guest expectations also means tips for you.

For candidates looking for career options in other fields, you need to be able to identify and sell the transferable job skills you’ve acquired along the way (in other roles and industries) during the hiring process. As you can see, these skills are more apparent than you may think.

Be sure to review the full article we discovered on HR Bartender, '10 Steps for Identifying Your Transferable Job Skills' and take the time to understand what are your transferable job skills. This will allow you to be confident when applying and interviewing for particular roles, as you’ll be able to provide relevant insight from one industry to another.

If you haven’t already discovered, hospitality is a great industry to jump into, even if you are currently studying something else or have your career mapped out. You never know who you’ll meet! For more detailed information about what types of jobs may be suitable for you, submit your resume below!



About the author Marlowe Bennett

With 22 years of experience and over 23,000 professional hours working across Sydney’s hospitality industry, our content aims to inspire young candidates to pursue professional careers and to help operators grow compliantly.


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