As you plan your next adventure, it’s important to start with a solid plan.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, which means that it’s time to plan your job search goals for 2017. If you are searching for a job in the travel industry, now is the time to put a plan into action.
The first step to putting a plan into action is to write down exactly what you want to achieve and be specific. For example, “get a job,” is vague. Instead, a more specific goal would be “apply for 10 jobs per week in the hotel industry.” Here are 10 other tips to help you create a successful 2017 action plan:
1. Write or revise your resume: When was the last time you updated your resume? Read it over and take out old information and make sure that everything is up to date. If you haven’t gotten a job offer yet, take time to review your resume and see what might be missing that could make you stand out.
2. Revise references: Are your references still available? If it’s been some time since you last contacted them, reach out and make sure they are still willing to give you a glowing recommendation.
3. Search for opportunities: Travel Jobs is updated regularly and you should be looking at it on a regular basis too. Schedule a time every day to review the new jobs that are posted so you can get first crack at applying.
4. Network, network, network: Look at the upcoming calendar of events for any chambers of commerce near you and see if they have any networking opportunities available. Search for local job fairs as well.
5. Apply: You can’t get a job unless you apply, so set a goal of applying for 10 to 15 jobs per week. Create a list of companies you want to target as well.
6. Let everyone know: Finding the right job isn’t always about what you know. It can also be about who you know. Call your friends, family, former co-workers and anyone who might know about a job in the industry. The more you tell people you’re looking, the more of a chance you’ll have to find an opening.
7. Prepare: Once you send out resumes, you’ll have a waiting period so be sure to use that downtime to practice. Have a friend or family member ask you some questions that might be asked on the interview and throw some in that you’re not expecting. The more prepared you are for the interview, the more comfortable you’ll be.
8. Send thank-you notes: Once you have completed the job interview process, send out a thank you note.
Your 2017 plan of action is going to look different than everyone else’s so make sure you personalize it to help you find the right job for you.