Travel Agent Job Search and Networking Tips

To make a travel agent job search efficient, you need a good knowledge of the industry. This is a very tricky employment market, with high turnover of staff, and the emphasis has to be on job quality from the start. A lot of different economic factors affect this job market, and you can set your clock by seasonal factors.

You need to combine your job search with good networking. This can not only get you jobs, but prevent you from getting the wrong jobs. There are true duds in the travel industry sector that do nothing for your resume and don't pay too well, either.

This is an industry where being picky and going for upscale jobs pays off. From a career perspective, the ability to present well with good credentials counts heavily in terms of finding opportunities for career advancement.

There are other benefits, too. Some of the best jobs provide packages and discounts you really can't get anywhere else. This is perhaps the only industry on Earth where going on holiday yourself can be an exceptionally good career move. The more you know about your market, the better you'll do, and the more job and career opportunities you'll know how to use to your benefit.

Online Travel Agent Job Search

This is a typical category-based online search, and it has all the drawbacks of providing you with everything called "travel agent," whether you want the ads or not. You and everyone else in the travel industry may know that there are huge differences in travel agent jobs, but the search engines obviously don't, so you must use qualifiers in your search.

To weed out the useless stuff, take these steps:

  • Use a salary figure: Be ambitious but realistic. This will kill off the lower scale, lower quality jobs.
  • Search employers: This provides you with real options and, most importantly, comparisons in packages and benefits. Cherry pick the best jobs first.
  • Use locations: Using upmarket locations will guarantee finding at least a few top-of-the-range jobs. These can also be used, like employers, as a career-minded approach to spot opportunities and keep track of what employers want.

Important: If you've got a choice in the matter, don't go for just anything and everything that looks as if you may have a chance of getting it. You can miss real opportunities. Go for the really good jobs first, and you'll find you've got your applications for the others already written (and better written, because of quality requirements) later if you need them.

Now, the Networking

Networking in such a huge industry can be very rewarding. You inevitably develop a lot of professional contacts in the travel industry--people you know are real experts and who have the right level of career savviness to understand what you need. They will also know a lot about their own areas. There are trade relationships among carriers with travel agencies, and the people who manage these relationships are good contacts for doing some quality control on your job searches.

When you're looking at the really good jobs with top-quality employers, you can always ask for some background, and in some cases, for introductions and contacts. Take advantage of local knowledge when assessing any job options.