Monthly Archives: July 2016

Get your resume checked…

 

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In some organisations they work on a principle that information should be on one page so people can gain an overview of the idea or issue and then decide what further research or activity needs to happen from there. It is good practice to be able to do this and the real key is – make every sentence count. When writing your cover letters think about are you duplicating information; is each sentence telling a story and having an impact; do I have too many lists?

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The other task was to provide a resume. Remember that Western Sydney Careers has a resume checking service for students and I urge you to go to Western Careers resume advice. It is a simple process and you will receive personalised advice on ways to improve your resume and give you that advantage to get you into the job interviews.

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Making your group work

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After classes yesterday you now have met your team members and started thinking about your projects.  I was really impressed by the enthusiasm of the groups yesterday and there was some great discussions and consideration of the projects already.

For me there are two keys that you need to grasp to make sure your group works well and the project is enjoyable;

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Communication is the key one and use your minutes and meetings as a way of facilitating this within your team.  Remember everyone has different experiences, backgrounds and skills and it is through communication that the team will get the best out of everyone (think about your favourite team sport – not everyone scores the points).

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You need project manage the project in order ensure that it is constantly moving and that tasks are allocated and completed in time so the whole project can move forward.  Have milestones for the project and celebrate them as a group.

Site visits, a few thoughts….

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So, week three already and this is when the fun begins.

Personally I think the site visits in Week 3 is one of the best parts of the unit. You get to go out and meet people in industry (remember business cards and resumes if you wish) and often get to have a look at some great hospitality facilities and see areas of the business you do not often get to see. As well as getting to have a bit of a sticky beak, remember this is your chance to clarify aspects of the brief and set some boundaries for the project. Often you will also find that seeing the location makes the brief more understandable.

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Make sure you take heaps of notes while you are on the site visit. Think about taking photos as well, this is a great way to remember what you saw and also may be useful to discuss in the consultation sessions. Make sure before taking photos you ask permission and try and avoid getting other people (especially children) in the photos if in public places.

With your clothing please remember that smart casual / business attire is suitable and also remember to wear closed in shoes in case you go behind the scenes.

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Questions… you should have some. Make sure you ask heaps of questions on the site visit. It shows you are interested in the project and if you are asking questions relevant to the project then the project partner will be impressed. They are also usually impressed if you know stuff about them beyond the what they tell everybody on their website (this is a reminder to research your partner prior to the visit). Again, there is no point waiting until week four consultation and asking us if we know what they want – it is up to you to clarify.

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If you need info from the industry partner make sure you ask for it and reconfirm you will be needing the information at the end of your meeting. I would confirm your request in an e-mail and I would also ask for the information no later than Monday afternoon -that way you can look at it, think about it and discuss as part of your consultation in week 4.

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Remember your industry partner has taken time out of their day to help this project become a reality so please have your industry liaison person send a thank you e-mail preferably on the same day of your site visit, the morning of the following day at the latest.

Finally, enjoy your site visits and the people you meet – you never know you might work with some of them one day.

What’s all this blogging about

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The reason you are reading this is because you have either seen the link in the learning guide, on vUWS or heard me talking about the blog in class, so what it is it all about.

Blogs have increased in popularity over recent year and have become a great way in which to communicate with people (check out Tim’s blog for interesting stuff on experiences as inspired by all things experience economy which has been viewed in marathon 60 countries).

This blog will be a way of communicating with you throughout the semester in order to offer you encouragement and guidance through a virtual format. It is also a way for you to communicate with me throughout the semester so feel free to leave a comment.

If you wish you can follow the blog by pressing the button on the left and you will be notified each time I post something up.

Welcome to Hospitality Management Applied Project 2016

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Hi and welcome to Hospitality Management Applied Project for 2016….

For most of you this will be the last semester in your studies before continuing onto the next phase of life in Hospitality.  With that in mind I have tried to make this unit as relevant and contemporary as possible tool you to maximise the benefit you gain from your experience in this unit.

So, what is install for you all, let’s have a sneak preview….

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This year we have eight industry projects (possibly nine) which have been sourced from across a range of different areas of the hospitality field, with six industry partners involved as well.  Each of these partners has provided a project brief which asks students to look at a contemporary issue in hospitality that they want more information and they have enlisted your help to undertake the research.

To help you along the way myself and the tutors will provide a guiding hand through weekly consultations in which we will assist you to undertake your projects – the key here is we will assist you and guide you but the creativity, innovation and ideas are all up to you.

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Seminar one, what will we get up to?

The first seminar is really about setting the scene for the rest of the semester.  We will have a look at the delivery of the unit and how it will not be a standard lecture style delivery.  Much of the semester will be based on group consultations with you and your team members one on one with tutor to discuss the development of the project.  We will also have a look at the different projects and the learning guide – make sure you have  your learning guide with you for the first seminar.

I look forward to seeing you all in the first seminar and can’t wait for a great semester….