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Preparing Your Resume for a Tourism Career


Preparing Your Resume for a Tourism CareerWhen applying for tourism jobs, you’ll want a professional-looking, well-written resume that highlights your skills and that is tailored to what tourism employers are looking for. First, review general resume advice and draft your resume accordingly. By following tips to craft your job search resume, you can put together an application that will stand out.

Choose a Resume Format

If you haven’t previously worked in tourism or if you’re trying to change roles, consider using a functional or combination resume. That way, you can put the emphasis on your transferable skills. If most of your career to date has been in tourism, stick with a chronological resume. This will show your time in the tourism industry and highlight your progression.

Highlight the Most Relevant Details

Pick out the accomplishments that are most relevant to the potential employer. Instead of including a laundry list of all the responsibilities you’ve had, focus on the key problems you solved and the results you delivered. For example, if the restaurant where you worked had a problem with customers leaving without paying, and you were able to implement a solution, you might write something like this: “Reduced restaurant losses by 10 percent by introducing a new billing and monitoring system and improving staff training.” Wherever possible, use numbers – doing so shows that you’re results-oriented.

Include Keywords

The tourism industry is broad, and workers in this field often have a wide variety of skills. Think about what skills potential employers are looking for. For ideas, spend some time reading job ads. Try to include some of the following terms:

  • Bookings management
  • Communication
  • Customer service
  • E-commerce
  • Event planning
  • Food preparation
  • Foreign languages (specify which)
  • Leadership
  • Logistics management
  • Marketing
  • Mentoring
  • People person
  • Planning
  • Public relations
  • Safety management
  • Team work
  • Training

Get an Edge

Review job postings for the positions you’d like to have, so that you know what employers want. Use social networking sites to make connections with people who can provide leads and references. And consider building an online brand, so that you can influence employers who look you up on the web. By going beyond what usual job seekers do, you can capture an employer’s attention.

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