by Margie Johnston, www.rrmanage.com
In this current economy, it is not always easy to find the right position a the right time. For job seekers, however, there is another alternative. If you are between jobs and looking for a source income, consider task force. Task force is term used in the hospitality industry for providing temporary staffing for an open position on property. There are many consulting organizations that provide this service to hotels and hotel management companies as a way for them to continue their day to day business, without losing revenues and customers. Typically these organizations will look to seasonal industry professionals who are interested in acting as independent consultants on a project basis.
The ability to travel is often an advantage as the projects might not be in your immediate area. However, if you let the organization know that your preference is to remain local, they can consider for any local area jobs as well. While a variety of experience in different markets and brands is very helpful, there are other skills that come in handy with task force projects. The ability to jump right into a position with limited direction, as well as the ability to adapt to different environments and personalities is crucial. Resourcefulness and adaptability is the name of the game with task force.
Projects can last anywhere from two weeks to several months and you can accept or decline projects based on your schedule. The other upside to task force is that while you are working on a project, an employer in effect is “giving you a test run”. Often task force personnel are asked to stay on to fill the permanent role, so a temporary assignment could lead to the perfect job!
Margie Johnston is the President of RevenueResources, www.rrmanage.com. Her firm specializes in sales force coverage and maintenance, sales strategy implementation, and training facilitation.