Employers and travel recruitment agencies australia wide receive literally hundreds of resumes, so it is vitally important you stand out from your competition when applying for travel jobs or jobs in hospitality. You need to catch the readers attention within 10 seconds or you may be overlooked.
Your resume is the first point of contact you will have with your potential employer. It is important to sell yourself, your skills and your experience and highlight what you can potentially bring to their business, so take some time to get it right.
It needs to be easy to read, concise with lots of white space and no spelling mistakes. As a guide try to keep your resume to 3 pages. Laying it out from your most recent position first. It is recommended to use years and months in your layout – employers like to know how long you have spent in each role.
Any large gaps in employment need to be accounted for eg. Dec 2016- March 2017 Travelling or Maternity leave etc.
Here is a guide on how construct your resume to open dooors to multiple travel careers.
Your name and your mobile and email address. Suburb and street are optional (keep in mind it can hinder your application if you live a fair distance away from the job you are applying for)
Starting with your most recent and working backwards. Keep it relevant to the job you are applying for. Tailor your tasks to align with key areas in the job description of the role you are applying for. Highlight where you may have used these key points in your current or past roles.
- Company Name
- Job Title
- Dates of Employment
- Achievements – sell yourself, what have you achieved, what have you brought to the business. You want the reader to be thinking “I want this person in my business!”
XYZ Travel Agency March 2015 – May 2018
Leisure Travel Consultant
- Assist leisure travellers with planning itineraries throughout South East Asia
- Book and ticket itinerary using Galileo CRS
- Arrange flights, accommodation, transfers, day tours and insurance
Achievements – Achieved top ten seller company wide in 2017 with over $1million in sales
Start with your most recent and work your way back. Again, keeping in relevant to the role you are applying for.
Personal Interests and Hobbies
These can generally be left out or kept to a minimum where they may benefit your application. Eg travelled extensively around South East Asia – may be an advantage if you are applying for a South East Asian sales role.
You don’t have to disclose your reference contacts until you have met with a potential employer. So, have a list ready. Ensure you have contacted your referee’s prior to giving out their details, ensuring they are happy to be a reference for you and to expect a call or email. You don’t want any nasty surprises relayed back to you from your potential employer.
Have someone proof read your final draft. If you are still having trouble constructing your resume you can seek the help of professional resume services that charge a fee and write your resume for you or ask your travel industry recruiters or hospitality recruitment agencies.
Ensure your social profiles – particularly LinkedIn are up to date and professional. Potential employers will often check you out prior to interview to gain an insight into your personality.
Your resume is a reflection of you – so make it enticing to secure that job interview. You can then sell yourself in person and land your dream job!
Contact our team if you would like some further advice on what to include in your resume.