In recent years, the overall process of job searching has changed in rather “dramatic” ways. Gone are the days when traditional means were utilized. In these modern times, the Internet has completely revolutionized the whole process of job application and hiring, especially with regard to the travel industry. Submitting a resumé on paper used to be the trend in order to get noticed. Today, the case is more or less the opposite. A copy of one’s curriculum vitae is asked for submission only after the introduction has already been made. Employers operate in a different manner nowadays which is why it is important to be aware of new job searching processes. So, before 2016 ends, let’s look at some important aspects in order to better prepare for the coming year.
Professional Development is a Must
Expect that there will be a lot of competition, so get your professional skills enhanced or developed to make you stand out. This will make your profile look much more attractive to potential employers. Online resources such as seminars and webinars are getting more popular. There are also short-term courses or educational conferences that you can join to polish any of your existing skills, like for example language or communication for the travel industry, or where you can acquire new ones that you feel might be useful.
An Online Presence is Necessary
Create (and constantly update) interesting profiles on the mainstream social media, where you should include a summary of yourself, your skills and your experiences. This is especially important in the travel industry, where the simple, visual images have the power to tell your experience for you. In particular, focus on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. A lot of companies turn to these social media sites to seek new talents and to know more about job candidates. If you have some extra time, creating a travel blog and fully integrating it with your social media profiles would be a great idea. On the other hand, getting involved with non-mainstream job search sites might prove to be very helpful too. Organisations like Jobrapido allow you to look for jobs according to profession, industry, company and/or location, and cover any area in the UK, form Brighton to Aberdeen.
Networking is Effective
Being able to establish a good network with the right people makes a crucial aspect of your job search. Reconnect with people who you think could be able to help you meet the right opportunities. A lot of times, family members or friends can get you introduced to people in the field of work you are most interested in. Make sure to keep in touch with people you have met recently, especially people you’ve met while traveling, and try to maintain a relationship with them.
Consider Moving to another Place
Where you are located can also present a problem in your search for a new job in the Travel sector. A lot of jobs are usually found in places and countries with a long history in tourism, a valuable seaside or exceptionally good weather conditions. However, many travel related jobs could also be found in cities or the communities around the World with strong economic growth. If you are in a place where opportunities are scarce, consider relocating to a place where you could end up having better chances at finding the job you want. Don’t forget to also research the unemployment rates and the language requirements of the particular profession.
As you go through the process of job searching, rejections are sure to happen along the way. The most important thing is to not lose hope and to continue searching. Persistence and patience will get you there!