Any serious job hunter these days has to be clued up on sites like LinkedIn. This applies to any industry but can be very useful for discovering travel jobs, whether in specific locations such as London, UK wide travel jobs or international travel roles. From an executive to director level inthetravel industry, you’ve just as much to gain.
So where to start? Well I’ve pulled out what I feel are the top 10 most useful things your can do with your LinkedIn profile to help raise your professional profile and help you find your next travel job.
Optimise your profile
Put as much information as you can and list key achievements. Make sure you list your key skills in your specialities section of your personal summary. For example, if you have experience in corporate travel or have worked for a tour operator, make sure you highlight this. Potential recruiters can search by keywords so you don’t want to miss out on your next travel job.
Connect to as many known and relevant contacts
Connect to as many relevant people as you can, even if you’ve only worked with a former colleague briefly but have a trusted relationship. Add a short personal message so the invite doesn’t feel cold as it will also increase the chances of that person accepting. It’s not advisable to accept invites or invite people you don’t know or haven’t had dealings with. It’s a great way to keep in touch too – think of it as your virtual business card folder that you can’t ever lose!
Show a professional photograph
As well as how you write about and portray yourself in your profile, you can and should upload a professional photograph. You can still be smiling, but one showing you in a suit would be more appropriate for an executive level travel role as opposed to you on a recent night out!
Now you have built up some contacts it’s time to ask past line managers, colleagues and external business contacts to add a short personal recommendation. Again it’s a great tool that recruiters use to gain some insight about a potential candidate. You have the ability to accept or reject what is written about you so don’t worry that anything inappropriate will go live.
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