Miss Julie knows how to become a flight attendant, so pay attention to these tips on marketing yourself!
Selling yourself to employers is like selling a product. The travel industry is very competitive, and you must market yourself in order to succeed in getting your dream position. There are specific tools you will use to communicate your selling points. The two most common are the resume and the cover letter.
A resume is an overview of your education, experience, skills, and accomplishments. The purpose of the resume is to secure an interview. Writing a clear resume that demonstrates your qualifications and achievements is essential to your job search process. Employers usually spend no more than seven to fifteen seconds pre-screening resumes, so it HAS to grab their attention. Since your resume is a written commercial in which you summarize and promote your qualifications and accomplishments, there are no “one-size-fits-all” resumes.
The cover letter introduces your resume. The purpose is to generate interest so that the employer wants to read your resume and learn more about you. It allows you to highlight important skills and achievements that qualify you for the position. A well-written cover letter will set you apart from the competition and answer the question, “Why should we interview/hire you?”
Research shows 90% of large companies use an ATS (Applicant Tracking System) to review and rank resumes before a recruiter sees them. Close to 60% of mid-sized businesses also use an ATS. When submitted electronically, the ATS will “read” your resume, then rank and score your qualifications. Only those applicants who receive the highest scores will be reviewed by a real hiring person. This is a tricky process and here at The Travel Academy, we teach you everything you need to develop a resume and cover letter that will get you that high score!
Some must-haves for the travel industry include:
• Communication – The ability to write and speak effectively in public and with others.
• Honesty/Integrity – Respect for the rules and values of the organization, setting an example of professionalism.
• Teamwork – The ability to work with others in a professional manner.
• Strong work ethic – Working until the problem is solved and the job is done right.
• Flexibility/adaptability – The ability to manage multiple tasks, set priorities, and adapt to changing conditions.
• Interpersonal skills – The ability to relate to co-workers and alleviate conflict between them.
• Computer skills – Experience with business computer applications such as Word, Excel, data management, and presentation software.
• Multi-tasking – The ability to set priorities and manage multiple tasks
You will learn to incorporate these characteristics and many more into a strong resume and cover letter that you can be confident attaching to your applications.