Luck and tim­ing led to five-star of­fice

The Weekend Post - - Business - ALI­CIA NALLY ali­

HO­TEL con­fer­ence sales ex­ec­u­tive Kylie Brand’s unique skills, gath­ered from a va­ri­ety of jobs, have cul­mi­nated in her most im­pres­sive role to date.

Her of­fice is the five-star, wa­ter­front Shangri-la ho­tel, The Ma­rina Cairns.

“I got this job through luck and great tim­ing. A friend in the in­dus­try had heard about the job. I was a lit­tle bit green, I had ex­pe­ri­ence in other things but not events them­selves, but my en­thu­si­asm was strong,” Ms Brand said.

“En­thu­si­asm can go a long way in job searches. That and know­ing peo­ple.”

For­merly a ser­vice co-or­di­na­tor at Al­pha­cool, manag­ing the sched­ules of tradies head­ing to and from jobs be­tween Cairns and Port Dou­glas was by no means an easy task.

“You can you imag­ine in sum­mer when things are bro­ken down and try­ing to get ev­ery­one to each job. It was busy but very re­ward­ing when at the end of the day ev­ery­thing got done,” Ms Brand said.

“Now I’m still manag­ing but it’s a lot more glam­orous co­or­di­nat­ing amaz­ing events.

“I had some mar­ket­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in other roles. I worked in Lon­don for a year and a half. I was a sales manager at a ra­dio sta­tion. I have done a lot and it all just com­bined.”

Nam­ing the Mel­bourne Cup and Iron­man func­tions as her favourite, Ms Brand has also been in­stru­men­tal in or­gan­is­ing events for prime min­is­ters and Prince Charles.

“The best part of my job is work­ing in a five-star ho­tel,” she said. “And I re­ally love build­ing re­la­tion­ships with the clients, I love talk­ing to them, and get­ting to know them. My ad­vice for job­seek­ers is don’t wait for a job op­por­tu­nity to come to the mar­ket, put your­self for­ward, start in other roles within the venue you’d like to work at.”

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