Concierges assist patrons at hotels, apartments, or office buildings with personal services. They may take messages, carry luggage, arrange or give advice on transportation, or monitor guest requests for housekeeping and maintenance.Job Category:
What you will do:
Your day-to-day will include tasks such as:
- Make travel arrangements for sightseeing or other tours.
- Provide business services for guests, such as sending or receiving faxes or shipping packages.
- Provide information about local features, such as shopping, dining, nightlife, or recreational destinations.
- Make reservations for patrons, such as for dinner, spa treatments, or golf tee times, and obtain tickets to special events.
- Provide food and beverage services to guests.
- Perform office duties on a temporary basis when needed.
- Receive, store, or deliver luggage or mail.
- Provide directions to guests.
- Plan special events, parties, or meetings, which may include booking musicians or celebrities.
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
As well as:
To become a Concierge, there are typically no specific subjects required for the role. However, having certain subjects and skills can be beneficial and help you stand out as a candidate for concierge positions, which often involve providing exceptional customer service and assistance to hotel guests or residents in residential buildings. Here are some relevant subjects:
- English Language: Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential for interacting with guests, responding to inquiries, and providing recommendations for services and attractions.
- Mathematics (Maths): Basic numeracy skills are important for handling financial transactions, such as processing payments, making reservations, and managing budgets.
- Geography: A basic understanding of local geography and knowledge of nearby attractions, restaurants, and entertainment options can be valuable for providing recommendations to guests.
Very often, no academic qualifications are required to be a concierge. Employers look for applicants who are confident, articulate, and well presented, with good local knowledge.
The ability to speak two or even three languages to basic level might give you an advantage over other applicants, as will previous experience of reception operations, particularly in four- or five-star hotels.
Many people start working in hotels as a porter or receptionist, or another front-of-house role, and become a concierge after gaining some experience.
Apprenticeships in hospitality or concierge and guest services may also be available, which will give you a salary and workplace experience.
Working Hours and Environment:
You could work in a hotel, around 40 hours a week.
Your working environment may be physically demanding.
Career Path & Progression:
Concierges may work their way up to deputy head concierge, and then head concierge, or become front office manager or assistant general manager.
They may also move into other areas of the hospitality industry. They may be able to become a butler or move into the lifestyle management sector, possibly starting their own company.
There are opportunities to work abroad, especially with large hotel chains.