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Join Us – Toronto Career Fair on 9/23

Sep 03, 14 Join Us – Toronto Career Fair on 9/23

Join us for our Hcareers Hospitality Career Fair in Toronto on September 23rd from 1-5p.

Spend the day speaking with representatives from leading hospitality companies and meet HR reps and hiring managers face-to-face! Save time, money and effort interviewing with multiple companies in one day.

Hcareers Career Fairs are a great way for you to explore potential employment opportunities and learn more about hospitality employers who are actively hiring.

Register today and find your dream job next month!

Location:

Sheraton Centre
123 Queen Street W.
Toronto, ON M5H 2M9, Canada

We’ll see you there!

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Vegas: Finally

Aug 27, 14 Vegas: Finally

By Hcareers Account Executive, Mike Horan

Having never been to Las Vegas before, I thought it ill-advisable to write a blog about it. After all, I must be the ONLY person on this planet who has never been to Vegas. Most people would just think….’been there, done that. Nevertheless, a hub of the Hospitality Industry; several culinary treats awaits even the meekest of travellers.

“Vegas is great”! Say my friends, whom have, on several occasions (usually in the middle of my back-swing or a difficult, breaking putt) regaled me with stories I find utterly distasteful, if not meaningless and outright pestilential. Vegas has always struck me as place without soul; a quagmire of greed, spurned-on by the darker and less-intelligent side of human nature.

“You go down with $1000, and you come back minus that $1000, and another $1000 owing on your credit card”!  They would say, big smiles on their faces….looking at me like I was some kind of idiot….Um, sorry fellas, that does NOT sound like fun to me.

My pre-conceived images bore visions of baseless, immoral, greedy people; zombieistic wanderers seemingly wearing dollar sign contact lenses; groups of money-minded hustlers, intent on pursuing the fantastical concept of ‘easy-money’. I recall so well the words of actor Robert DeNiro’s character ‘Ace Rothstein’ in the movie Casino, “….Vegas is a place where millions of suckers fly in every year on their own nickel, and leave behind about a billion dollars….” How true. I harboured images of James Bond films (Diamonds are Forever) casino scenes where the dress code seemed to be tailored tuxedos coupled with sultry sequins worn by people buzzing on the noxious mixture of alcohol and oxygen. Was this what I was in for?

Surely enough, during a hot week in August, while my two daughters were busy with their annual Girl Guide Campout Week on the Sunshine Coast, my wife and I, accompanied by another couple, decided to take that ‘frivolous pilgrimage’,  that ‘adventure venture’, that ‘soulless sojourn’, …..Yes, I would finally see for myself the charming, luring siren we call Las Vegas, Nevada. An apparitional sign slapped on my back saying “Soddom and Gomorrah or Bust”….away we went; four nights of restaurants, shows and casinos (not to mention a solo road trip through the hot, sticky, deceiving Nevada desert across The Extra Terrestrial Highway up to Area 51 and an alien burger at the Little Aleinn Restaurant in Rachel NV)

HOTELS:

Staying at the MGM Grand was an experience all in its own; the lobby, for instance, was the size of a hockey rink, and this seemed common to all the properties along The Strip….they were huge! (Better get those skates moving to beat the growing line-up at check-in, but by the time I crossed the blue line, the queue had diminished substantially.). Of course, the casinos were three times the size of the lobbies. The room was nice enough, overlooking The Strip and offering a view of the distant brown, arid mountains all the way out to Nellis AFB. The view was not at all British Columbia-like. Rather the opposite. I became enraptured in its rustic, plain, bromidic beauty. The landscape and sky was utterly mesmerizing….taking on the look of a back-lit, multi-toned chroma key. A vast blue sky offered various hues of baby blue, and acted as a backdrop for the majestic expanse of ochre-coloured, dusty-tinged mountain ranges. I was ruefully ripped from this brief, peaceful introspection by the shrill of the bedside phone; our friends had arrived in their room and wanted to organize a quick blackjack blitz (already? Geez)

Directly across the street stood the New York, NY hotel, in all its fraudulent, simulated glory, resplendent with a surrounding roller coaster dazzling and weaving above and around a miniature Manhattan. Who knew that Las Vegas Boulevard housed the Empire State Building as well as the Eiffel Tower? Distances along the Strip are highly deceiving. A walk up to the Mirage to see the Beatles LOVE Cirque du Soleil took close to an hour….if only because I wanted to stop to see the fountains of Caesar’s Palace….you know, the ones Evel Knievel jumped over at the cost of 42 broken bones? No hotel impressed me with such zeal as The Venetian though….wow, what a great job done here to stand out amongst other The Strip hotels. If you’re there, take a Gondola ride; it was quite nice (who cares that the water is a chlorinated, crystal blue swimming pool and doesn’t smell like the rat-infested sewage of Venice Italy; the dude spoke Italian….what more do you want in Nevada? Plus, he didn’t ask to guzzle your bottle of wine like they do on the real Venice gondolas (I lost half a bottle of Chianti once upon a time on a Gondola in Venice….oh yes, sometimes you really do have to ‘stand up’ in an Italian canoe Bur that’s another story I’ll tell you another time…..now let’s talk about restaurants….

RESTAURANTS:

There are plenty of gimmicky theme places on the strip – Margaritaville, Kahunaville,  Dick’s Last Resort, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill, BB King’s Blues Club, Diablos, Gilley’s etc – but I wouldn’t say any of the “fun” places are necessarily all that great. Just typical burger and fries fare usually. I tried a few…listed below, regardless of cost. (either that or I grab a hotdog and blow money on blackjack)

A ‘fun’ restaurant is Kahunaville…. I have a penchant for exotic island-infused drinks in a fun, lively atmosphere. I’m a sucker for delightful tropical fare (Macadamia Crusted Mahi Mahi or Piña Colada Chicken) while sipping signature frozen cocktails and traditional drink creations Kahunavilles is known for…how many of those did I have again? Sure, it sounds ‘kitschy’, but it’s in a hotel called Treasure Island, so it is fitting.  I also tried CAPOS, a luxurious mob-style, speakeasy themed restaurant with tantalisingly succulent rib and steak dishes, not to mention traditional Italian cuisine. This unique establishment offers live nightly entertainment, and incredible food: truly a unique offering you won’t find anywhere else in Las Vegas.

Of course, there is a resident PF Chang’s for that Asian, MSG fix (they have a very nice bar to wait in while your table gets readied, and the barkeep is skilled and steady-handed) Chinese flair for sure, and the food is noticeably different than your usual Chinese fare.

How many have clamoured into Planet Hollywood over the recent years is still unknown, but their Strip House competes with some of the most prominent steak houses in the US, along with their knack for signature side-dishes. (be sure to try their garlic bread with Gorgonzola Fondue). Or if a dressed up burger is what you’re into, chomp down on one of Gordon Ramsay’s internationally-infused burgers (didn’t hear him screaming in the kitchen, though I listened intently)

After gaining weight (and few blackjack bucks) I would definitely return to this crazy pod of unique, frivolous culture. There is so much more to do, see (& eat)….besides, I didn’t get to see Carrot Top!

 

Photo courtesy of Steven Depolo

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Changes are coming!

Aug 20, 14 Changes are coming!

Hi there, welcome to Hcareers’ new blog!

You might notice that it’s still in the works. Thanks for your patience as we get it all settled with our new and improved look.

Thanks for stopping by, check back soon to see the latest and greatest!

Thanks from all of us at Hcareers.

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Doors are Open! Great Wolf Lodge New England Welcomes Guests

Jul 08, 14 Doors are Open! Great Wolf Lodge New England Welcomes Guests

Back in March, we shared that Great Wolf Lodge was hiring for its New England location. We’re back to announce that they’ve since opened their doors!

The 406 all-suite resort features 12 unique suite configurations in the property’s two wings. Each suite comes with a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker and waterpark admission passes. The 68,000 square foot indoor waterpark holds 300,000 gallons of water! Entertainment is also widely available with character appearances, a MagiQuest game, Cub Club on Wheels, Wolf Walk, Northern Lights Arcade, a kid spa and much, much more.

Interested in a job with Great Wolf Lodge New England? Check out open positions today!

About Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge is North America’s largest family of indoor waterpark resorts and the brand leader in the
waterpark resort industry. Great Wolf Lodge is a first-class, full-service, year-round destination resort. Extending far beyond waterparks, Great Wolf Resorts provides families with quality accommodations, exceptional service,as well as popular proprietary amenities all under one roof – creating family traditions, one family at a time.

Great Wolf Lodge New England is the company’s 12th indoor waterpark resort. Great Wolf Lodge properties are located in: Wisconsin Dells, WI; Sandusky, OH; Traverse City, MI.; Kansas City, KS; Williamsburg, VA; Pocono Mountains, PA.; Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada; Mason, OH, Grapevine, TX, Grand Mound, WA; Concord, NC and Fitchburg, MA.

 

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Hcareers Dallas Career Fair

Apr 29, 14 Hcareers Dallas Career Fair

Looking for the perfect hospitality job? Located near Dallas, Texas? Hcareers has the perfect solution for you – register today for our Dallas Hospitality Career Fair taking place on June 3rd.

Hospitality career fairs are like a rehearsal for a job interview. You have the opportunity to meet with prospective employers, present your skills and credentials, and plan your employment strategy. But as with any job interview, you must prepare properly to make the most of the fair.

Tips to benefit from your hospitality career fairs

  • Get the list of presenters before you attend the fair.
  • Concentrate your time with potential employers who are closely aligned with your vision. For instance, if you’re interested in a career with a large hotel chain with properties worldwide, find out which of these companies will be attending.
  • Research your “hit list” beforehand. Online information coupled with the career fairs makes you a more intelligent job seeker.
  • Set your goal for the fair. Your strategy should be to come away with an opportunity for follow-up and/or an interview. “The fair is designed to break down the wall that might exist between job seeker and employer, provide access and approachability, in a setting that’s less formal than a meeting,” says Romoff. “There’s less stress, and you’re not put on the spot and evaluated through a series of questions.”
  • Make sure your resume is up-to-date and professional, and bring several copies to give to prospective employers.
  • Engage employers in conversation about their businesses, their possible openings, and where you might fit into their organization.
  • Don’t forget your follow-up. This ensures potential hospitality employers know you’re interested and available.

After attending a career fair, the door should be wide open for you!

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Great Wolf Lodge New England Has Jobs to Howl About

Mar 20, 14 Great Wolf Lodge New England Has Jobs to Howl About

With a June 1 opening date quickly approaching, Great Wolf Lodge New England is in the process of hiring nearly 500 employees for its 406-room resort. Positions are available across all areas of the lodge and will include guest relations, kids experience, housekeeping, aquatics, food and beverage, retail and more.

“Our employee ‘Pack Members’ are the essence of the Great Wolf Lodge experience,” shared John Curty, Senior Vice President of Administration. “We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who want to grow with us and help make lasting memories for our visiting families.”

Great Wolf Lodge New England is a first-class destination resort that offers families more than 100,000 square feet of entertainment offerings and lodging amenities, all under one roof. The centerpiece of the resort is the massive indoor waterpark featuring signature water rides and attractions, including the thrilling six-story funnel slide, Howlin’ Tornado; the Slap Tail Pond wave pool;  and Fort Mackenzie, the multi-level interactive tree house with a tipping bucket capable of dumping hundreds of gallons of water.  With all of these amenities and offerings, Great Wolf Lodge has something for everyone.

Located off Route 2 in Fitchburg, Great Wolf Lodge New England is the company’s twelfth resort and features the largest indoor waterpark in Massachusetts.

Interested?

All candidates must be at least 16 years of age and have the availability to work nights and weekends. Part-time and full-time positions are available.

Applicants may attend an information session at 6 p.m. on April 1 and 2 in the Performing Arts Theatre at Mount Wachusett Community College. Current Great Wolf Lodge Pack Members will be on-hand to share information about the Company and discuss the positions available at the resort. Attendance at an information session is not required; all interested candidates must apply online.

Great Wolf Lodge is an equal opportunity employer.

For more information on Great Wolf Resorts and its brands of indoor waterpark resorts, visit greatwolf.com/newengland. Or, apply today!

Great Wolf Lodge photo

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Why I Will Never Regret Working Aboard Cruise Ships

Feb 28, 14 Why I Will Never Regret Working Aboard Cruise Ships

By Michael Horan

If you’re an oxygen-breathing, red-blooded human, you have certainly pondered the “what-ifs,” looking at your trials and tribulations asking “would I done anything differently?” I remain steadfast not to give countenance to complacency and would not change a single thing.

I spent five years working aboard cruise ships while travelling the globe and find it difficult to realize any regret. It was the time of my life. As a young man from Vancouver, BC with no more money in my pocket than I needed to survive, I was awash in good fortune to do what I did.

The world travel bug was planted early in my life. I credit my Irish father, a former communications officer in the merchant navy, who regaled me with stories and experiences I always assumed were untrue — if only because they didn’t reach the ears of my three sisters. My geography grades out-shone math grades; naming world capital cities came more naturally to me than memorizing the Periodic Table of Elements. My bookshelf was peppered with more Fodor’s and world atlases than Batman or Spiderman comics. I knew even as a child I would see many of the sights in National Geographic, a magazine subscription my mother gladly renewed each year. To me there was nothing more romantic, inspiring or enthralling than to travel the globe.

I traveled to six continents, including seven Asian countries from Busan, South Korea south to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand; eight South American countries, all of the Caribbean, Central America, the Galapagos, Mediterranean Europe and Egypt-Sinai Peninsula. My memories are lucid and luxurious, and the sights were joined with meaningful excursions. Some are etched forever:

  • The Pyramids of Giza and Acropolis of Athens
  • Drinking Pouligny Montrachet atop the Eiffel Tower
  • The White Cliffs of Dover (which are extremely white from any distance)
  • Sitting on a jail cell floor on Devil’s Island, French Guiana once occupied by Henri “Papillion”
  • Feeling the unrelenting sting of Brazilian humidity on the way up the Amazon River to Manaus
  • Gazing at the majestic, perfectly symmetrical beauty of Mt Fuji looming over Tokyo
  • Morosely musing the worst of human nature at ground zero in Nagasaki
  • Basking in an alien sense of autonomy in Dalian, China as locals ogled my Caucasian-ism up one side and down the other
  • Buying $10 Nike runners in Busan, South Korea
  • Treating my taste buds to authentic-yet-affordable Chinese dishes from sidewalk vendors outside the Peace Hotel in Shanghai
  • Avoiding a pack of children hell-bent on picking my pockets in broad daylight in the streets of Madras, India
  • Riding a genuine rickshaw in Ujang Pandang, Indonesia
  • Golfing in Phuket, Thailand
  • Seeing Fiji and the Cook Islands
  • Viewing a thermo-nuclear destroyed Bikini Atoll
  • Zooming along the west roads of Bora Bora, Tahiti on a not-so-reliable motorcycle
  • Riding in a helicopter over the Igazu Falls, Argentina, uncertain if it topped the helicopter ride over the Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska

I succumbed to the dazzling, hypnotic effects of the Aurora Borealis, darting playfully across the skies over Norwegian Fjords with angelic nuance. I crossed the Equator five times (at the cost of a very dark suntan) and went three times through the Panama Canal. I made several peaceful, uneventful (and ultimately anti-climactic) trips through the Bermuda Triangle along with two crossings each of the Atlantic and Pacific. I drank in the sights and sounds of huge cities as easily as enjoying the reticent obscurity of world remoteness. Most memorable are the strong friendships and personal bonds I developed with other crew mates from proportionately unusual cultures and countries.

Starting a Cruise Ship Career

What other job requires you to travel all over the planet while your bank account grows every month? There is simply no other job that offers such life-changing benefits for a young person.

My first job was with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL), which offered me a bartender position aboard the Nordic Prince. I managed to parlay that into a Sommelier job. After completing a 15 month sail from New York to Bermuda and back (with 10 months spent in the Carribean), I came home exhausted but eager to go again. A previous application to Princess Cruises garnished an offer as an Assistant Purser aboard the Pacific Princess (the original “Love Boat”). We conducted the penultimate “Grand Voyage” starting in Victoria, BC, crossing the Atlantic to Honolulu and on to Tokyo for an Asian tour before returning across the Atlantic to South America. I sailed for 14 months, ending up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I disembarked gladly and tiredly. With a week of relaxation in Barbados ahead, I was convinced this would be my last cruise. Six months later, however, I joined Holland America Line as a Crew Purser (human resources) aboard the MS Westerdam in Europe. After eight months I returned, and a head hunter convinced me to join Celebrity Cruise Lines out of Vancouver to Alaska as a Shore Excursions Manager. That experience accounted for my final eight months working aboard a cruise line. My fiancée, Theresa, insisted I come ashore and stay permanently. Although it completed a unique era in my life, I am grateful for her advice. We now have two beautiful daughters (whose ears I quickly cover when their grandfather begins to wax nostalgic about his world travels).

In summary, if you’re young, un-attached, and want to know whether or not you should work on a cruise ship, consider, as I did, the timeless words of Robert Frost: “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.”

Michael Horan is an Account Executive with Hcareers and lives with his wife Theresa and two daughters Allison and Adrienne in Vancouver, BC.

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