How do you know when to make a change? I have always given the advice that no one should make a job / career change out of desperation if at all possible and I stand by that. I think it is possible and a goal to still be in good standing with your current employer while considering next steps.
And look at possibilities even when you are happy where you are. Why? Because your career is not just about being happy where you are, it is about being challenged to take the next step. Or revisiting something that you know wasn’t done to your satisfaction before. Or maybe making a change for your family. Either way, it is not taken lightly.
I had been in a regional role working with 18 hotels for a brand for almost 4 years. And it has been a great way to grow my experience and see if I could handle a multi hotel role. I did, and worked with some amazing colleagues in Operations and Sales. I was able to have a home office and schedule travel as needed to the hotels in my region as needed.
But – I started to miss the day to day operations of a hotel and working with one team on a daily basis. I wanted to have more time to directly work with clients and be able to leave the office at the office and have home be just home again. I thought about the times earlier in my career and which companies that I would enjoy working with again. And I made a change.
We had planned a weekend in Nashville a few weeks before this change occurred, and we would get back just before my first day of the new job. We had a great time of course, and explored a “new to us” part of Nashville – the Gulch. We visited new places like Peg Leg Porker, Hopsmith, The Row, Hattie B’s, Tailgate Brewery and Biscuit Love. And had great views from the rooftop bar at the Thompson Hotel. It was a great way to start my new job on Monday with a clear mind.
So – one week in and I think most of the log-ins and passwords have been set up. My online training has begun, and a plan is forming for more clients, more revenue and business that is well suited for the hotel. The first revenue meeting answered a lot of questions, and the staff has been super friendly. My office is starting to look like mine, and I love seeing the four legged guests walk by. ( Hotel is pet friendly and I have a few favorites already).
It is an adjustment but one I have made before. Happy staff, beautiful hotel, great business potential – all we have to do is exceed budget goals. Wish me luck!