All it takes is a little bit of research. This could be your first step to avoid sending your application or resume off into an unorganized stack of others that most likely, will never get looked at. Below are some of the everyday mistakes people make when trying to find travel agency jobs.
1. Forgetting to do the proper research:
You can’t just walk into an interview at a travel agency and have no idea what the company’s focus is. Do they specialize in cruises? Do they devote themselves to making travel arrangements for a specific demographic? These are things people tend to disregard. Big mistake!
2. By proper, I mean thorough!:
If you don’t look as far into an agency as possible, this could lead to much regret in the long run. Detailed research is a must when hunting for travel agency jobs. What if the travel agency you start working for turns out to have a terrible reputation? For example, the company offers travel packages that claim to be the best deal when really, they are not.
3. Door to door searching:
When people are desperately trying looking, they visit as many agencies as possible, hence the name “door to door.” They fill out as many applications as they can, attaching resumes to each. This strategy is a weak one for travel agency jobs because you won’t always get to speak with the employer. Your application goes to someone else, who forgets to give it to the hiring manager.
4. Lacking experience:
Aspiring travel agents make the error of relying completely on their education. Don’t get me wrong, proper education in this field is more than useful, but hands-on experience is also quite valuable. Get out there and travel yourself. A travel agent cannot gain the trust of a client without visiting different locations of the world or trying out several methods of travel. Experience is key!
5. Seeking an employer (What about working for yourself??):
Working for someone else’s travel agency can be great, but you should never overlook the possibility of starting your own!
Consider these common mistakes to help you avoid making them yourself.