The CMT Chronicles: “Choosing Hyatt”

By on February 27, 2012
The following piece was written by Rodney Smiling.  A recent college graduate, Rodney is currently a Rooms Corporate Management Trainee at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla.  In the “CMT Chronicles” Rodney gives insight into life as a Hyatt Corporate Managment Trainee.  Enjoy!

Hyatt Regency La Jolla's newest Rooms CMT, Rodney Smiling

It’s hard to fathom that 3 months have passed since I made the decision to join Hyatt’s Corporate Management Training program. In that short time, I graduated from Johnson & Wales, Providence, moved cross-country from Rhode Island to California, and completed 5 weeks of my training program in the Rooms Division of the Hyatt Regency La Jolla. The decision to leave the East Coast, join Hyatt, and move far from my family and friends was definitely not easy.

Maybe I should backtrack a little to the point when I was deciding between offers. This is the ability that all college students strive for, the ability to choose!   I received an offer from another hotel company to stay on the East Coast and also an offer from Hyatt Hotels Corporation to move to California. I was extremely excited about both offers and nervous about the decision.  My choice would impact my future and dictate the direction of my career path in the hospitality industry.

Once I received both offers, my mind went into decision mode. I made a list to compare everything that would come with both offers. I considered the cost of living in the two areas, expenses such as housing, transportation, groceries, and entertainment. I researched apartments close to the hotels because I wanted a place that was close enough to walk to work if possible. After making my lists, I realized that the offers were dead even.

I then began examining each company’s culture again to see which one was truly the best fit.  I also asked friends who had worked for either company about their experiences. Their feedback was great!  In fact, I recommend that when you’re considering an organization, talk to the people who are within the company, their unbiased opinions can give you “both sides of the coin”.  Unfortunately for me, even after hearing the opinions of my friends, the offers still appeared even.

Ultimately the thing that made me choose Hyatt over the other company were the two Hyatt Recruiters I interacted with throughout most of my college career.   Heidi and Ronisha offered pure honesty and their excitement for Hyatt really won me over from the beginning.  In fact, when I told my mother of my decision and how I came to it, she said “My little boy is growing up (tearing up a little), but I could tell you wanted to go with Hyatt before even hearing about the other offer.” She was definitely right and now I know that this was the best decision of my life!

About Ronisha

One of Hyatt's Regional Talent Acquisition Managers, Ronisha recruits for Hyatt's College Programs and supports our full-service locations within the East Coast and Midwestern regions of the United States. A lover of all things "social", you can follow her on Twitter at @ronishagoodwin


  1. Joseph Hayes

    February 27, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    You made the right choice Rodney. Decisions like these shape your life and I applaude you for giving it so much thought. Like yourself, what made me choose Hyatt was my awesome relationship with my recruiter, Brook. Her candid insight and guidance really gave me the confidence to justify my decision. Best of luck and continued success.

    Joseph Hayes
    Grand Hyatt NY

  2. NSMH member

    February 27, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Yay Rodney make NSMH proud we love Hyatt especially Hiedi and Ronisha!

  3. Trevor

    February 27, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Rodney, it was a please having you in the sales department for your rotation. I look forward to great things as you grow into your role at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla.

    Best of luck and don’t be a stranger. We always welcome feedback and look forward to seeing you in the hotel.

  4. Fuad Heydar

    February 28, 2012 at 3:24 am

    Hopefully everything will be as good as you wish in your career!

  5. Morgan Stone

    February 28, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    I am so glad that you wrote this blog because I am in the exact same position you were in three months ago. I have been given two unofficial offers and are waiting or the offer letters to come in the mail. I will definitely take your advise on weighing the options! I have been accepted into the CMT program for sale and marketing; an awesome opportunity.
    What makes you love your decision to go with the Hyatt? For me, the impression of Heidi and Ronisha has intrigued me even more to accept their offer; wherever it may be.

    Help me! I’m graduating in two months and I’m getting more and more anxious!

  6. Rodney Smiling

    February 28, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Thank you everyone for your support of my blog! I really appreciate you all taking the time to read it! Morgan, the point when you go in to work and is for it not to feel like work. That is what makes me love my decision. I wake up in the morning happy to go to work. You don’t want to do something that is tedious, you want to enjoy what you do. It was a tough decision but I know I made the right one for that reason. Good luck with making your decision. As long as you really think the whole thing through you will make the right decision, so don’t worry.

  7. Morgan Stone

    February 29, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Thank you! I wish you the best of luck!