Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks

Accommodate hotel, motel, and resort patrons by registering and assigning rooms to guests, issuing room keys or cards, transmitting and receiving messages, keeping records of occupied rooms and guests' accounts, making and confirming reservations, and presenting statements to and collecting payments from departing guests.

Median Annual Wage: $20,610

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (66%); Less than high school diploma (24%); Some college, no degree (7%)

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Front Desk Clerk; Front Desk Agent; Night Auditor; Guest Services Agent (GSA); Desk Clerk; Guest Service Representative; Front Desk Associate; Front Desk Supervisor; Front Office Agent; Front Desk Attendant

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks.

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  • Verify customers' credit, and establish how the customer will pay for the accommodation.
  • Contact housekeeping or maintenance staff when guests report problems.
  • Make and confirm reservations.
  • Issue room keys and escort instructions to bellhops.
  • Keep records of room availability and guests' accounts, manually or using computers.
  • Perform bookkeeping activities, such as balancing accounts and conducting nightly audits.
  • Compute bills, collect payments, and make change for guests.
  • Post charges, such as those for rooms, food, liquor, or telephone calls, to ledgers, manually or by using computers.
  • Record guest comments or complaints, referring customers to managers as necessary.
  • Review accounts and charges with guests during the check out process.
  • Transmit and receive messages, using telephones or telephone switchboards.
  • Advise housekeeping staff when rooms have been vacated and are ready for cleaning.
  • Answer inquiries pertaining to hotel services, guest registration, and travel directions, or make recommendations regarding shopping, dining, or entertainment.
  • Deposit guests' valuables in hotel safes or safe-deposit boxes.
  • Clean and maintain lobby and common areas, such as restocking supplies and watering plants.
  • Arrange tours, taxis, or restaurant reservations for customers.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks.

  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks.

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