As a result, the students who are members of this organization have multiple opportunities to network with our team. These students have such an advantage because not only are they able to build strong connections with leading professionals across the hospitality industry, but they’re also able to gain further industry exposure and become even more confident in their chosen career path.
Joining the student chapter of a professional organization has so many benefits. NSMH offers industry panels, facility tours, and professional development workshops to its members. These are all experiences that could affirm professional direction and expose members to different career options within their chosen industry.
In addition, through ongoing networking with industry professionals, it’s likely that members will feel more comfortable and less intimidated when in their presence; resulting in stronger interviews and first impressions. Connections with organization alumni could develop into valuable mentorship relationships. The benefits of professional organizations are truly endless.
Considering the limited amount of free time you have as a student, you should seek out a professional organization that will add value to more than just your resume. You want to think quality over quantity. Your goal should not be to join numerous professional organizations.
You first want an organization whose mission and goals align with your own. This will make it easier for you to commit to the organization, and feel good about the time you invest. You will also be better able to speak passionately about the organization and why you’re a member. You also should look for an organization that relates to your desired career goals and has ongoing activities that will benefit your professional development and attainment of these goals.
Choose wisely. Professional organizations can help set you apart from other candidates and can ultimately lead you closer to the career of your dreams.
Ronisha is one of Hyatt’s College Recruiting Managers. Hyatt’s College Recruiters visit more than 30 college campuses each year recruiting top talent at hospitality programs across the country. A graduate of The Ohio State University, Ronisha begin her Hyatt career as a Human Resources Corporate Management Trainee. During her ten years with Hyatt, she has worked at Hyatt Hotels in Orlando, Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey. To learn more about opportunities with Hyatt please visit hyatt.jobs, follow Hyatt on twitter @hyattcareers, become a Hyatt Facebook fan at Hyatt Hotels and Resorts Careers and follow the Campus Recruiter blog at blog.hyatt.jobs.