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Ms. Bair

Amy Bair

Career Services Analyst, Florida International University's Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Amy Bair is a Career Services Analyst at Florida international University's Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. In this newly created role, Ms. Bair tracks and measures the impact, progress and effectiveness of the Career Development Office (CDO). Additionally, she measures graduate and alumni salaries, job positions, employment status, etc. These multiple indicators are then studied to determine how the Career Development Office and college can best benefit the students. Ms. Bair began the journey of obtaining a second Bachelor's degree in Hospitality Management where she was fortunate enough to take Professor Greg Bohan's Revenue Management course. Amy also holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Information Management from Arizona State University. Ms. Bair can be reached at abair@fiu.edu.

Please visit www.fiu.edu for more information.

Ms. Bair can be contacted at 305-919-4534 or amymdit@gmail.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.