How To Advance Your Career In The Hospitality Industry

The hospitality industry is one of the most prominent sectors on the planet. There are endless jobs available here, which is why so many people set off on their career path in this industry. You can find plenty of entry-level careers to get you going, but what if you want to advance your career and start earning more money?

If you currently work in the hospitality industry – or are considering working there – then take a look at this advice to help boost your hospitality career prospects:

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Get A Degree

A lot of people don’t know this, but you can get different hospitality degrees. It’s true, there are bachelor’s degrees in hospitality management that can help you get management careers within this industry. Then, if you want to take things even further, you can get a master of hospitality management degree to make yourself even more qualified to take on more advanced roles. Degrees aren’t essential to get jobs in this sector, but they can certainly help you take your career to the next level. Well worth considering if you’re just starting out or if you’ve been working in this industry for years and feel you’ve hit a dead end.

Work Overtime

This sector is known for its long working hours and flexible shift patterns. Most of the time, if you want to open yourself up for better jobs, you need to get on the good side of your managers/bosses. An easy way to do this is by working overtime or just taking on more work than required. If someone needs someone to cover their shift, you should be straight in offering your assistance. Stay on for an extra hour or so after your shift is over to keep lending a helping hand. This won’t go unnoticed, and you’ll put yourself in your bosses minds for a potential promotion. Always be willing to go above and beyond what’s expected of you. In such a busy industry, this level of work and commitment won’t go unnoticed.

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Develop Great Relationships With Customers

There would be no hospitality industry without any customers. Any hotel or restaurant depends on its customers to make money. As such, keeping them happy is the top priority of every worker. If you manage to develop great relationships with customers, then you’ll be doing an excellent job. This is how you encourage people to keep coming back or to leave positive reviews – which helps you gain more and more customers. Plus, it means the customers may speak highly of you to management staff, which only reflects positively on you. Therefore, you have a good chance of being considered for more prominent roles and moving up the ladder. Put the customer’s best interests first, work on improving your relationship with them, and the success should follow.

Few industries offer the same level of career development as the hospitality one. You can literally go from working in the laundry room of a hotel to running the entire company! It won’t happen overnight, but if you follow the advice above, you have a better chance of advancing your career.

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What Almost All Collisions Have In Common

Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents and collisions can be incredibly varied in the wide range of ways they can disrupt, damage, and even destroy lives. However, the majority of them all have one thing in common: they can be prevented.

An estimated 9 in 10 road accidents are preventable. Here, we’re going to look at what you can do to prevent them, looking at some of the most common reasons you might end up in an accident.

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Distraction

The number one statistical cause of car crashes is simple negligence caused by distraction. Distraction is a human habit, but there are a lot of ways to control it. The first, and most effective, is to ensure that you don’t have anything in the car that will distract you. EHS Safety News notes the ten most common causes. Many of them can be banned outright from the car, such as cell phones (you can easily switch them off) and other occupants (you can ask them to respect your need to focus on the road and talk less). Getting lost in thought is more complicated, but by being more aware of the risks, you can concentrate on being mindful of the road.

Speeding

It’s an unfortunate reality that almost every driver on the road will speed at some point. You might think you can risk it, or that you need to get to your destination as quick as possible. However, just below distraction, it’s the second most common cause of accidents. How do you prevent it? Well, you can give yourself more time to arrive at where you need to be. Anything you can do to make yourself more mindful of your speed is a bonus, too. One of the car safety features becoming more common is the high-speed alert. Ensure that you have it turned on, so your vehicle can warn you when you’re starting to speed. It’s important not to build up a tolerance for your own bad driving habits.

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Drunk driving

Another one of the average driver’s worst habits is also one of the biggest causes of collisions. As a society, we’re doing a lot to make ourselves more aware of the danger and to hold others accountable. Holding yourself accountable, however, is the best way to prevent drunk driving. If you know you’re going to be under the influence, you shouldn’t carry your keys. There are plenty of apps, like those shown at Appamatix, that are making it easier and more convenient to get a lift when you need one. Don’t trust your judgment when you’ve had a couple of drinks. You might be thinking rationally now but that can easily fall to the wayside.

Road rage

We’ve all been in situations on the road where we would like nothing more than to give another driver a piece of our mind. Most aggressive or reckless driving that isn’t caused by one of the issues mentioned above is all down to the descent of that red mist. Learning how to control your temper and to avoid road rage while driving is essential. Even if it means you have to back down from a challenge from another driver, your safety should be concern number one. Haste plays a big factor in road rage, too. As mentioned before, trying to give yourself more time by setting off a little earlier than your estimate how long it takes you to reach your destination on average. If you’re not in such a rush, it’s easier to avoid getting seriously frustrated.

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The weather

You can’t control the weather, that’s a certainty. You can, however, be prepared for it. If it has been raining or snowing, or there is ice on the road, it’s up to you to take the precautions that come with it. Changing the tires, driving more slowly, and ensuring that your high-beam lights and window wipers are functional is essential. Shell has more tips on how to keep yourself safe on snow and ice, in particular. If you’re going for a particularly long drive, it might be worth checking the weather forecast, so you can see whether bad road conditions are a possibility.

Other drivers

Just as you can’t stop the weather, you can’t stop the habits of other drivers. At least, not alone and not when you’re on the road. If you get into a collision and it’s their fault, you shouldn’t have to bear the responsibility or the costs and help from those like Attorney Richard A. Vadnal can ensure that you don’t. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do what you can to avoid getting stuck in their chaos. Defensive driving is a skill and a mindset that should possibly be part of the required knowledge to acquire a driver’s license. As it stands, it isn’t, but you can seek extra courses to help you learn how to recognize and react to other drivers in the safest way possible, so you can extract yourself from danger.

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Loss of control

Sometimes, your car seems to take control away from you and there’s little you can to do to stop it. Learning how to recover from a skid can be of a lot of help, as can preparing for bad road conditions in advance. The best way to ensure your car can handle the drive, however, is to be much more thorough with your maintenance. By performing routine care on the car, you could become aware of potential issues much more regularly. Issues with the steering and suspension, the brakes, and the engine can all put you in a lot of risk on the road. If you’re going on a road trip or another long drive, you should always have your mechanic check it first.

Can you prevent every accident from happening to you? No. The statistics say that every driver is likely to get into at least one during their lifetime. However, you can drastically reduce your odds by taking a lot more care on the road and following the tips above. Don’t be negligent, you never know how much you could lose.

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A Step By Step Guide For Dealing With A Car Accident

Even the most sensible drivers are at risk of getting into an accident. You can do everything in your power to make sure that you don’t crash but you’ve got no control over the other drivers. If they’re being reckless on the road, you might not be able to prevent an accident every time. The good news is, most accidents are only small collisions which aren’t that dangerous, as long as you know how to deal with the situation properly. If you don’t take the right steps in the immediate aftermath of a car crash, you can make the whole situation a lot worse than it needs to be. Here’s exactly what you need to do in the event of a car accident.

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Stop

This sounds pretty obvious but it’s worth mentioning. It’s absolutely essential that you stop the car if you’re in an accident, even if it’s just a tiny bump. It’s against the law to hit somebody or something and just drive away. You might think that you’re not going to get caught but you probably will, and you’ll end up in a lot more trouble than you would have done had you just stopped at the scene of the accident in the first place.

Once you have stopped, it’s important that you make yourself known to other drivers to avoid any further accidents. Put your hazard lights on and if you’ve got any reflective cones in the car, put them around the scene of the accident.

Call The Police

Now that you’ve protected the scene of the crash, you need to call the police. People don’t often think you need to call the police if it’s just a minor crash but you should every time. You’ll need to file a claim with your insurance company at some point and that’s a lot easier if there is a police record of the accident. They will also be able to decide whether either driver was at fault which is important when you’re making a claim. The police will get all of the relevant insurance details from each driver as well, which you’ll need later when you make a claim. Don’t touch anything before the police arrive, just let them do their job and stay out of the way.

Take Some Pictures

Insurance companies don’t part with their money easily, you can’t just ring them up and tell them how much the repairs are going to cost and expect them to start handing out money. They’ll need proof of the damage so you need to start taking some pictures on your phone of both cars right away. There’s always the chance that the other person may lie and exaggerate the damage to their car. That’s why it’s so important that you take plenty of pictures and document the crash properly.

See A Doctor

Even if you didn’t crash at high speed and you think that you’re fine, there’s always the chance that you could have whiplash or something like that. Just to be safe, you should go to see a car accident doctor and get yourself checked over. Any injuries that you have will also affect your insurance claim so it’s important that they’re documented by a professional. This is especially important if the crash is more serious and you end up having to take time off work, you might be able to claim money from the insurance for that loss of earnings. If you’re going to do that, you’ll need doctors records from immediately after the accident.

File An Insurance Claim

Now that you’ve checked everything is ok, you need to report the crash to your insurance company and make a claim. Most insurance companies require you to report the crash right away so don’t wait around. They take a while to sort the claim out too so the earlier you do it, the better. Make sure that you’re providing them with as much information as possible to make the process smoother. That’s where all of the photos that you took earlier come in. By sending evidence of the damage, you can put to rest any arguments with the insurance company about the cost of repairs on the car.

Get Back On The Road

This is a step that people don’t often consider but it’s an important one. Your car is a lifeline and without it, you’ll struggle to function on a daily basis. But getting back onto the road after a crash can be daunting. It’s only natural that you’re going to worry about another accident but there are things you can do to help. Fitting the car out with safety features like automatic braking or going to a driving course can all help you rebuild your confidence behind the wheel.

If you’re ever in a car accident, you need to follow these steps to the letter. If you don’t, you’ll make the whole thing way more stressful than it needs to be.

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Seven Ways to Get Your Family Bond Better

Families come in every size and form. You might be living with older family members and looking after them after their health has let them down. You might have your children and grandchildren in your family. It is also possible that you joined forces with your new partner and are now living in a mixed family. No matter if you are trying to get generations or step-siblings to get on well, you will have to make sure that you are investing in bonding exercises that will promote respect and harmony in the family. Below you will find seven tips to get started.

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  1. Family Trips

Whenever you are taking the kids for a day out, you need to invite other family members, too. The more the merrier, and older people enjoy a walk in the park just like little ones. You will have to pick the location to suit everyone in the family, and find something to do for every person to do. You can get different generations to bond together and have fun, while creating memories for a lifetime. You should not simply accept your elderly parents’ excuses to stay at home; get them to help with teaching the kids how to prepare the picnic basket, at least.

  1. Nights In with a Movie

New and newly bonded families can set up a home movie schedule and have a night in with a pizza or takeaway. Whether you would like to get people to vote for a number of movies to watch on Netflix or Blue Ray or are open for suggestions and debates, it will be a great night. Not to mention that you will also save a lot of money by not paying too much for your popcorn and your drinks. Put the money aside so you can plan a trip to the park or a getaway as a family.

  1. Cooking Together

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If you would like your kids to be self-sufficient when they go to college and avoid living on pot noodles and burgers for years, it might be time to introduce them to the kitchen and the different appliances. It is never too early to teach your kids to cook simple foods; toasted sandwiches, pasta, or even pizza for the night out. Have one night allocated for cooking together, and you will see how confident your kids become in the kitchen.

  1. Gaming

Of course, playing brings every generation together. If you have just joined another family and are now trying to get the kids to bond together, you will have to create a gaming competition at home. Find out which video games are their favorites, and ask someone to be the judge. Once you have the night arranged, you will see that the conversations between teenager are becoming less awkward.

  1. Family Shows

If you would like to celebrate being a family, you might even arrange going to the theatre together to watch a family show. Whether it is Christmas or someone’s birthday, you can find a nearby restaurant where you can have a family meal before going to the theatre. This will also teach your kids the rules of getting dressed up for special occasions. Look for romantic or family friendly shows, such as the Waitress and have something to look forward to together.

  1. Sport Events

It might also be a good plan to get people to enjoy a live sport game together. The laid back atmosphere of the event will create a stronger bond. No matter if you are basketball or football fans, or are supporting different teams or sports, you will all have a lot of fun at the match.

  1. DIY Projects

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Once you have a new family structure in place, a lot of things need to be taken care of before you would be able to feel comfortable. If you are into DIY, you can teach the little ones a trick or two. Alternatively, if you are moving an elderly family member in your home, you can ask them to teach your kids some great skills, such as crocheting or knitting, maybe embroidery. Even if you don’t have time to pass on the skills, you can give your older family members a sense of belonging and purpose.

When families change and join together, it is important that you change the routines and help everyone settle in their own roles. Use the above bonding exercises to help your family become a well-functioning unit and learn to respect each other.

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Buying a Used Car Is More Involved Than You Think

Buying a used car sounds easy, right? You walk up to the dealership, you pick a car you like, ask the dealer about it and then after a couple of forms and a deposit, you’ll be off in your used car and everything is fine and dandy. You’ve saved plenty of money, you’ve signed up for all the financing and you’re ready to live a life as a car owner.

But is that really all there is to it?

Well, no.

Used cars are often seen as the cheapest way to get yourself a vehicle. Pay a couple hundred, get yourself a very cheap and old vehicle and then you’re good to go. That’s the general idea, but what most people don’t realize is that buying a used car is more involved than they think. There are potential future issues like your vehicle breaking down due to used and worn parts, there might be cosmetic problems like a funky smell in the seats, or you might even pick the wrong vehicle and only went for the cheapest option.

Choosing a car is already quite a big task, even if you have a lot of funds. That makes choosing a used car on a budget an even bigger undertaking, but if you’re willing to put in some time and effort, it’s actually fairly manageable.

So to help prevent you from falling into the trap of “buying a used car is easy”, here’s a guide on helping you pick the right used vehicle.

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  1. Set yourself a budget

If you have unlimited funds then you probably don’t need this article. However, if you’re like most people, then it’s important to set yourself a budget. It can be a rough estimate of how much you’re willing to pay for a car, it could be how much money you can set aside for a deposit, or it could be a guesstimate based on your income. Whatever the case, set yourself a budget so you know how much you have to spend and how much you’re willing to go over.

Stay within your means when buying a vehicle. Yes, you can get financing deals and even zero-interest deals, but that doesn’t mean you should be going for something that you really can’t afford. Your budget is going to determine everything from the car itself to insurance and road tax if applicable, so set yourself a budget and stick to it!

  1. Used vs new cars

This article is about buying used cars, but ultimately, there are times when buying a new car can actually be more beneficial. For instance, new cars often come with more financing options and advanced technology that you’ll rarely find in a used model. They also give you more peace of mind because a new car is probably more reliable than a used one. You often get more protection with your new card as well. For instance, if it breaks down, then you could get free repairs as long as it’s under a certain mileage. Shopping for a new car is also much easier because there’s often more choice and you can pick exactly what colours and features you want from the manufacturer.

With that said, used cars typically come with much lower price tags. This means you’ll save plenty of money, but insurance costs might be slightly higher if compared directly with a new model. However, the car model and make are bigger factors when it comes to insurance premiums. Buying a used car often allows you to buy a more expensive model because of the cheaper cost, and it also means there’s less stress when you’re actually driving your car. Because it’s used, you’re less likely to get upset if you get a dent or a ding because you never paid the full price anyway.

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  1. Decide on features that you need

When picking a used car, you need to be aware that the features available are going to be a year or more out of date. That means safety options might not be there, new speed options might not be available and the general efficiency of the car might not be what you see described in reviews.

Decide on what features you deem important to you. Focus less on the engine specifics and features and focus more on practicality. For example, if you’re going to purchase a family car, then make sure it has plenty of space, lots of seats and a fair large trunk. The more versatile the vehicle, the better it functions as a family car. On the other hand, if you’re only looking for a compact city car, then the features you’re looking for will completely change. Trunk space might not be such a huge deal, but you might appreciate a smaller size so that it’s easier to park into tight spaces and drive around. Fuel economy might also be on your mind, but again, keep in mind that as cars age, their efficiency does reduce a little.

Safety features are also important. The last thing you’d want is to contact an auto accident law firm because some security feature on your vehicle failed. Make sure you do plenty of checks to ensure that your vehicle has features like stability control if you’re driving in an area known for its adverse weather.

Ultimately, you’ll have to make some compromise or else you’ll spend forever looking for the right used car for your needs. It’s important to actually determine where you’ll draw the line for certain features. Decide what your must-have features are and then make a list of luxuries. It’s hard to set a price on every feature, but as long as you make an effort to do your research on the various features and fuel economy of each vehicle, you can make an informed decision when picking a vehicle and get your money’s worth.

  1. Calculate the total costs of your car

Remember that buying your car isn’t the end of it. You’re going to have to pay for the car itself, taxes, license fees, insurance and other fees that you might be missing. You can get quotes for insurance and you can often ask the dealership about other fees that they don’t explicitly mention. Some dealerships will even charge extra fees that they mention in fine prints.

Make sure you do plenty of research on your purchase before you make a final decision. It’s a good idea to add an extra 10-20% onto the cost of your vehicle to account for things such as taxes and license fees and then calculate the insurance cost as a separate expense.

The cost of the vehicle will also depend on what channels you go through. For example, classified ads can typically be cheaper since you have the option to bargain for it. However, many people don’t trust buying face-to-face because it doesn’t come with as much security. If you’re able to contact a reputable seller then this changes, but in most cases, people will rely on dealerships to purchase a used car. This will incur extra fees and the warranty might have certain restricts, but it’s typically safer if you’re concerned about how much money you’re paying.

The last option is to actually purchase a vehicle at a car auction. These are risky places to purchase a vehicle since you don’t have the luxury of test driving and examining the car thoroughly before you place a bid, but millions of vehicles are sold via auctions every year and it can be one of the cheapest places to purchase a vehicle. However, there’s no backing out and there’s no guarantees or consumer rights. What you purchase is what you get, so make sure you do plenty of research into the car you purchase. Only auctions tend to be a little safer, but unless you live close to the person selling the vehicle, you won’t be able to test or inspect it.

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Some final words

Buying a used car isn’t the hardest thing in the world, but it’s certainly more involved than what most people think. There are plenty of places to purchase a used car, but you end up taking more risks the lower the price is. Test driving is important in the world of buying cars, used or not, but it’s especially important with used cars because there could be very subtle differences.

For example, you’ll want to check if the car veers to one side for any reason, you’ll want to check if the steering wheel is in a comfortable position and you want to test if all the features work. The last thing you want is to buy into a scam or be told that certain features don’t actually work on your used vehicle.

Either way, purchasing a used car can be a fun process. You might come across ridiculously good deals, or you might even settle on buying a new car instead for the increased security and peace of mind.

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Common Car Buying Errors To Avoid

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If you are looking to buy a car, no matter whether it is your first vehicle or tenth, it is important to approach the process with care. Read on to discover the common errors you need to avoid.

No research – This is a trap that a lot of people fall into. They see a car that they like. It looks good or perhaps one of their friends has the same vehicle, and so they buy it with little consideration. However, if you do this, you could end up with a disaster on your hands. Make sure you research first to find the right car for you.

Buying a new car – A lot of people do not consider the used car market because they do not like to purchase things secondhand. But this is where the value lies in the auto market. This is because a new car loses value the moment you drive it out of the showroom. With that being said, you certainly should not overlook the used car market.

Failing to consider the right financing option – There are so many different ways to finance a car, from using an interest-free credit card to car title loans. There is no right or wrong option; it is all about figuring out what works for you, so make sure you research each financing solution carefully.

Overlooking insurance – Before you buy any sort of vehicle, it is a good idea to do your research to find out how much the car is going to cost you in terms of insurance. Some models are more expensive than others. For example, sports cars may be more expensive because they are more likely to be targeted by car thieves. So, get an insurance quote before you buy anything!

Choosing the wrong car for your needs – When buying a car, one of the most important elements is making sure the car is right for your needs. Let’s say you are looking for a family car. You are going to need a vehicle that has a lot of boot space. You also need a car with wide doors so you can easily get the car seat in. Failure to consider these aspects can mean you end up with a car that is awkward and frustrating.

Adding too many features – Last but not least, it is very easy to add lots of different upgrades to your car when the sales rep is trying to tempt you. However, you will soon find that your car ends up costing you a fortune if you do this, and most of the upgrades are unnecessary. Take some time to consider each upgrade before just saying yes.

Hopefully, you now have a better understanding regarding the different mistakes people make when purchasing a vehicle. If you can avoid the errors mentioned above, you will have a great chance of purchasing the best vehicle for you and ensuring that your money does not go to waste.

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Big Mistakes to Avoid When Running Corporate Events

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Corporate events are important occasions for both your clients and customers. That is why you need to do everything that you can to ensure that they run smoothly. You want everyone to come away talking about the occasion for the right reasons. And while it is important to focus on the things that you can do well, in many ways, it is just as important to think about the possible things which could go wrong. Here, we will be talking about a few of the most common.

Not Setting Goals

There is no point in hosting an event unless you have an idea of what you hope to achieve from it. For example, you may be trying to improve public perception of your business, introduce a new product to the market or simply makes some new contacts and widen your client base. Your goals should be both measurable and achievable. This way, you can sit down after the event to assess how well you have done and what could be improved next time.

Failing to Plan Well Enough

A business event needs to run like clockwork, and without proper planning, it is very unlikely that this is going to happen. So, you need to map out your event as best you can. Take a look at these 62 Projection Mapping Ideas by Industry for some inspiration. You should have a time plan for what you want to happen and when. And you also need to communicate well with all of your different partners including entertainment, caterers, venue etc.

Poor Budgeting

You need to have a clear budget in mind before you host your event. Otherwise, it is very easy for costs to start spiralling out of control. Good cost management is one of the best ways of ensuring that your budget stretches further. You need to conduct this task thoroughly so that you are not hit by hidden costs which you never accounted for properly.

Being Dull

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An event needs to be memorable to have maximum impact on your guests. And since your clients may attend a lot of corporate events, you need to offer them something a little different. But all of this needs to relate back to the central purpose which we discussed earlier on. So, if you are going to be launching a new product, you need to think of an innovative way that you are going to reveal it. If the purpose of your event is networking, you could think up some games for people to play which help to get them talking.

Choosing the Wrong Venue

The impression that you send from your even will largely come back to the venue that you choose for it. Make sure that it gives the right impression of your business, as well as being practically suitable to host an occasion like the one that you have planned.

Avoiding these five common mistakes will go a long way towards ensuring that you host the type of business event which lives long in the memory.  

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