These are interesting times that’s for sure…. For all of us connected to the travel and hospitality industry, we really need to keep our minds open to whatever opportunities may present themselves. There is light at the end of the tunnel that is a certainty but how long is the tunnel is the question none of us can answer.
Susan Chand, Senior Recruitment Consultant at TMS Talent, gives some insight into her tips on how travel industry candidates she has been speaking to are managing through these challenging times. “I have been having daily conversations with many candidates from both in and outside of my network. My main message to candidates is to be flexible and willing to look to other industries to bridge this gap” says Susan.
The positive news is there are several industries still hiring despite the effects of COVID-19. Susan has worked with hundreds of candidates with strong customer service and telemarketing skills from travel. These skills are fully transferable to other industry sectors. “Even if your dream job is in travel, now is the time to broaden your horizons and look to expand your skillset. You can always come back to travel when our borders open and the strong demand for travel skills returns.” Susan explains
Other skills which are transferrable are strong Marketing, Sales, Operations and Finance. Susan and the team at TMS Talent are working closely with candidates coaching them on how to broaden their options and secure employment whether that be part-time, casual, fixed term or even permanent. “I have worked with clients across many industry sectors in my recruitment career and am having daily conversations with clients advising on how to ensure they are positioned to secure the best talent from our travel industry with full transferrable skills sets.” Says Susan
If you are a travel industry professional seeking to bridge the gap or even take the plunge into a new industry sector for the short or long term, don’t hesitate to contact us at TMS Talent. We are here to weather this storm with you and really look forward to the time when we can place you in your ideal roles again. It will come! In the meantime, let’s work together on inventive strategies and innovative ways to highlight your skills.
TMS Talent is using best of breed video technology for face to face interviews, candidate coaching and development and client/candidate interviews and feedback for a seamless and contactless experience.
“I can’t pretend I have witnessed this type of situation before or have all the answers however I can say we are all in this together and I am committed to working with you to assist wherever I can” says Susan.
For career assistance, advice or just a chat please contact Susan Chand or any of our experienced consultants to set up a video chat. Staying positive and keeping your option open is important as you never know where your next career move may lead you regardless of the reason for the change.