Summer is just around the corner and the hospitality industry is desperate for staff. There are currently hundreds of job opportunities available in hospitality establishments across SA. If you are interested in working in a pub, now is your chance to get your foot in the door.

Working in a pub during the peak season can be great for many reasons. You meet new people every day, share the festive cheer with customers, and earn great money – especially if you work the public holidays. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

If you are interested in working in a pub, read on for some helpful tips to help you get a job.

What is the peak hospitality season?

The peak hospitality season stretches across November to March, when the weather is warmer, and people are out celebrating the festive season.

Each year the hospitality industry recruits new staff during this period, often these employees will be Uni students on break, international travellers or people looking for casual work.

All you may need is a can-do attitude and your RSA to get a job during the peak season.

The benefits of working in a pub

There is much more to working in a pub than pouring pints. The pub sector is filled with individuals who are creative, hardworking and have a passion for the industry.

Job opportunities range from bar staff, chefs, managers, waiters, and gaming attendants – the range of roles available is vast.

Pub work is exciting, fast-paced and no two days are the same. You get to form friendships with your colleagues, customers, and community, making it a social yet rewarding job.

Working in hospitality also offers the potential for career progression – if you work hard and want it.

Furthermore, whether you are wanting a casual job over Summer or looking to kickstart a long-term career – pub work could be for you!

How to secure a job for the peak season

The demand for staff over the peak hospitality season means that it could be as simple as walking into your local pub and asking for a job.

However, we highly recommend completing your RSA training first as it is a legal requirement if you want to serve, sell, or supply alcohol.

Responsible Service of Alcohol Training can be completed online or in-classroom through HITsa. The course is affordable, takes 1 day to complete, and successful completion will help you to get a job.

Interested in working the peak hospitality season?

There are many great reasons to work in a pub. You gain new skills, friends, flexibility, and have the opportunity for career progression.

Working in a pub can be for anyone – Uni students, people seeking casual employment or those interested in a long-term career.

Like previously mentioned, now is the time to get your foot in the door if you want to work in a pub!

Find an upcoming RSA course near you and enrol online today.

Need more information? Call (08) 8375 2800 and speak to our friendly and professional team today.

Summer is almost here and so is the peak hospitality season. If you’re wanting to get your foot in the door, now is the time to do so.

The world of hospitality is vibrant, lively and the opportunities to grow in the industry are limitless.

So, if you’re thinking about getting a job in hospitality, here’s why you should.

Why work in hospitality?

There are many different roles available in the hospitality industry, all offering variety, opportunities for career progression, and excitement.

You get to work with great people, meet new people every day, and form life-long friendships.

Working in hospitality also opens the door to many opportunities as you acquire global skills that could take you anywhere.

If you love variety, meeting new people, and want a job that offers great career progression – this could be the industry for you.

Types of hospitality jobs

The range of opportunities in the hospitality industry is vast, from housekeeping to managing a successful hotel. Here are some of the most common career paths you could choose.

  • Housekeeping
  • Kitchen
  • Bar
  • Gaming
  • Waitress / Waiter
  • Management

How to get a job in hospitality

Being the peak hospitality season, it could be as simple as completing a short course such as RSA training and applying for a job.

There are also many other hospitality short courses that could help you get your foot in the door.

Gaining industry knowledge and skills is a great way to prepare yourself for a job. However, having a great resume and a can-do attitude will also give you a big advantage.

Is the hospitality industry for you?

Now that you know the benefits of working in the hospitality industry and how to get a job – it’s time to get the ball rolling!

Explore our hospitality short courses and qualifications online, or call the HITsa team on (08) 8375 2800.

We frequently run hospitality courses in Salisbury and Clarence Gardens. Find an upcoming course here.

Working in the hospitality industry can be great for many reasons. If you’re new to the workforce or looking for something different, a hospitality job can be a great way to kick start a long term career.

Positions in hospitality range from entry level, full time to management. Often people just see hospitality as working behind a bar pouring beers. However, this is not the case. 

Hospitality venues can range from; pubs, hotels, restaurants, cruise ships, cocktail bars, resorts and more. These venues require housekeeping staff, kitchen staff, gaming staff and bar staff to make them run efficiently. Which are all classed as hospitality jobs.

Furthermore, choosing a hospitality career path can open the door to many opportunities. You can start as a dishy in the kitchen and work your way up to Head Chef. Or you could start as a glassy and end up as Venue Manager. The opportunities are endless. 

Entry Level

The hospitality industry is great for school students, school leavers and entry-level job seekers. As well as anyone else interested in working within the industry. There are many pathways and short courses available to help you get your foot in the door. Plus, the industry often hires younger employees as their wait staff and dishys. Which may seem like the easier jobs (not necessarily), but they are a great step towards a future career in hospitality. 

Social Interaction

Working in hospitality gives you the opportunity to meet and talk to new people everyday. From talking to new customers, old customers and every day regulars. You will meet people from all walks of life and some may even become long term friends. 

As a hospitality worker, you’re able to make someone’s day with something as simple as asking how they are, or even remembering what a certain customer drinks. Which is a rewarding feeling.

Furthermore, if you love meeting and interacting with people, a hospitality career could be just for you. 

Career growth

You may be presented with the opportunity to grow your hospitality career and step up into a bigger position. This may be from a dishy to kitchen hand or a bartender to duty manager. These opportunities can be offered to you for your hard work. Or you can undertake extra training outside of work to help get you there – maybe a Basic Gaming Course for example?

Work available anywhere

Working in hospitality will allow you to work almost anywhere. Overseas or interstate, if there’s a pub, resort or restaurant, you will be able to find a job. 

In addition, there are always hospitality jobs available in tourist towns during their peak seasons. For example, towns in Australia with ski resorts will often hire hundreds of hospitality employees during the snow season. This is also the case for Canada’s snow season.

Hospitality work is great for people who want to work, earn and travel all at the same time. 


Working 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday not your thing? Maybe rotating shifts from weekdays to weekends might be a better fit for your schedule. You can often work around personal commitments such as; study, sport, Uni or kids. Within reason of course. Working in hospitality is popular within all age groups. But most commonly, Uni students due to the flexibility. 

Interested in working in hospitality?

Does a hospitality career sound like something you’d enjoy? If so, you should consider completing a short course and gaining some skills to help you get your foot in the door. 

Working in hospitality is great for entry level employees, career growth, flexibility and people wanting to travel and work at the same time. Plus, the diversity of job roles is great, from cookery, bar staff, housekeeping, management roles and more.

Furthermore, HITsa offer a range of affordable hospitality courses. View them online and enrol today – it’s that easy!

Adelaide weather is warming up and summer is well and truly on its way.  Along with these longer days and summer sun comes many new seasonal hospitality jobs in Adelaide.

Adelaide hotels, cafes, bars and restaurants are taking plenty of bookings for November and December festivities.  Consequently these businesses are looking for extra staff which can also mean new job opportunities for you.

Naturally, employers tend to prefer experienced staff for hospitality jobs but don’t let this put you off if you’re new to the hospitality game.  There are many other things you can do to impress at interview instead of offering a resume of experience.  Below we suggest a few tips and tricks for anybody without experience and looking to secure a hospitality job.

Getting ready for hospitality jobs

You should be taking action that will allow you to stand out from the crowd even before you land your first interview.

  1. UNDERTAKE SKILLS TRAINING. HITsa Industry Training delivers a number of job-ready training programs for hospitality.  These short courses introduce you to the practical skills needed from Day 1 of your new job – . Whilst training can’t always replace real life “on the job” experience, you can demonstrate a commitment to your hospitality goal by completing a training course.  Such a course may also be a good way to connect with hospitality businesses as they regularly seek out these students when looking for extra staff for hospitality jobs.
  2. HAVE YOUR RESPONSIBLE SERVICE OF ALCOHOL (RSA) CERTIFICATE. To serve or sell alcohol in South Australia, you must have an RSA certificate from a Nationally Recognised RTO, such as HITsa.  Potential employers will expect you to have an RSA certificate if you are applying for hospitality jobs that involve the service of alcohol.  You can get your RSA certificate through online or class room learning or as part of the job-ready skills training course – Consumer & Business Services can provide you with more details on RSA requirements in South Australia –
  3. COMPLETE A FIRST AID COURSE.  This is another very relevant qualification for hospitality jobs that employers would consider favourably –
  4. REVIEW YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PROFILE.  Most potential employers will check out your social media profile as part of their recruitment process.  Make sure your Facebook page is a positive reflection of yourself.

Got an interview?  Be ready to impress

An interview is your opportunity to stand out from the crowd so taking the time to prepare is very important.  Your research will not only give you a better understanding of your potential employer, their business and the role you may be offered, it will also help to settle your pre-interview nerves.

  1. BE PREPARED.  You should find out more about the place where you may be working.  If time permits, even go there for a meal or a drink and observe the staff, the décor and the ambience.  Then at interview, be sure to let your interviewer know that you’ve done this extra research.
    It’s especially important to think about the questions you could be asked during your interview and also practice your answers.  As you’re likely to be asked “Do you have any questions for us?”, it’s also a really good idea to have a couple of your own questions on the ready.  If you think you could get nervous and forget them, why not write them down?  You can impress with a thoughtful response rather than asking about pay rates or hours of work.  Perhaps there is a topical issue in the media that is relevant and can demonstrate your wider interest in the hospitality industry.
  2. HAVE A HIGH STANDARD OF PERSONAL PRESENTATION.  As you’ll be interacting with customers and handling their meals and drinks in your new job, good personal grooming and hygiene is essential.  Your interview outfit must be neat, tidy and ironed.  No rips, stains or frays.  If you have  long hair, it’s best to tie it back.

At the Interview

  1. DON’T BE LATE. A practice run in the car or on public transport is a very good idea so you can time how long it will take you to get to your interview location.  On interview day try to arrive 10 minutes early.  If you are running late for any unforeseen reason, give your interviewer a courtesy phone call to let them know.
  2. MAINTAIN POSITIVE BODY LANGUAGE. Be confident!  Walk with purpose, smile and use eye contact.  You want to present as warm, welcoming, positive and in control so don’t cross your arms or slouch in your seat.  There’s to be no swearing and no slang when you speak and it’s best not to use casual words like “dunno, yep or nup”.  Further, don’t interrupt when your interviewer is speaking and give them your full attention.  At completion of the interview, thank your interviewer using their name, and shake their hand.  Remember also that if there is more than one person doing the interview, make sure you acknowledge everybody.
  3. SELL YOURSELF. You may not have the work experience, but consider what other skills or experience you’ve got.  How about the training you’ve just completed?  Are you a passionate foodie? Do you love meeting new people?  Have you volunteered time to a community service whilst looking for a job?  Challenge yourself before interview to answer the question “Why should they give me this job?” and be ready to answer this at interview, with examples to back up your statements wherever possible.

HITsa – here to help to find a job

HITsa provide training and employment solutions to the South Australian hospitality industry.  Our jobs board is regularly updated and a great place for you to track what hospitality jobs are available across Adelaide – .  Please call or email to enquire about upcoming courses or current job vacancies.