So it’s the New Year and you have decided it’s time to make your next career move and expand your travel industry career. Well you’re in luck! Employers in the Travel Industry traditionally start to focus on their goals for the year ahead and this is when we see multiple new travel jobs become available.
Now is the time to get ahead of the pack by following our top 6 tips to get hired;
1. Set Goals
It is a good idea to spend some time focusing on your career goals and identify the steps you need to take in order to reach these goals. Firstly, set some S.M.A.R.T goals – goals that are specific, measurable, accountable, realistic and time sensitive that are inline with your career development plan.
2. Identify your motivation & find your passion
It is important to establish why it is you are looking for a new job. If it is simply to increase your salary or progress in your career, it is advisable to talk with your existing manager to see what opportunities may be available internally before leaving.
When considering your next move, find a role that ignites your passion. Even if you don’t have all the required skills, passion trumps experience in most circumstances. Skills can be taught but passion, attitude & determination is what will dive you further in your travel industry career.
3. Update your Resume
Get ahead of your competition and make sure your resume is up to date, including your achievements from the past year while they are still fresh in your mind. Follow our resume layout suggestions to make sure you get noticed for the right reasons! Don’t forget to contact your referees in advance so they won’t be caught off guard & are well prepared to sing your praises when a potential employer contacts them.
4. Social Profiles
Ensure your LinkedIn profile is current with your latest job and achievements clearly visible. On your LinkedIn Dashboard, under Career Interests switch ‘let recruiters know your open’ to the ON position. Don’t wait around to get noticed. Be proactive and start reaching out to recruiters via LinkedIn. Make sure your more social platforms like Facebook have the privacy settings adjusted accordingly - you don’t want your personal life on display to potential employers who choose to do some prior investigation.
5. Register with a Specialist Recruitment Agency
It is a good idea to register with a recruitment agency like TMS Talent that specialise in the sector you wish to gain employment. By building a good relationship with a professional recruiter you will often find you are privy to roles not advertised putting you ahead of potential competition. Recruiters are also well networked and can enquire on your behalf about potential roles in well regarded companies & brands within your desired industry.
6. Be Strategic
Don’t waste hours trolling job boards, set up job alerts to notify you when new opportunities arise and a Seek profile so potential recruiters and employers can find you. Utilise your network & connections for potential opportunities and sign up for industry publications to keep you abreast of industry news.
Hustle beats talent when talent doesn’t hustle! – Ross Simmonds
Take a look at our current travel jobs and see if any of them ignite your passion!