Have you been thinking about exploring new career options? If so, you’re not alone. According to one survey of U.S. workers, 22 percent are planning to change jobs in 2017. The number is even higher among younger employees—with 35 percent of survey respondents between the ages of 18 to 34 anticipating a change of employer.
While the nation’s improving economy has been increasing the need for qualified employees across most industries, opportunities for travel lovers—who are often well-suited for hospitality-type roles—have seen particularly robust growth. RewardExpert recently spoke with Scott Garner, corporate communications manager at ZipRecruiter, about this trend.
Travel and Tourism Hiring Spikes in March and October
“Now is a really good time to look for a job,” Garner said. “Unemployment is low and the labor market continues to tighten, meaning wages are climbing as employers compete for qualified workers. We have seen the number of open travel and tourism jobs increase as the economy continues to grow. The number of travel and tourism job ads on ZipRecruiter has grown nearly a full percentage point in the past year.”
The popular job board—which is visited by more than 7 million job seekers each month—generally sees a spike in travel and tourism employment opportunities in March and October as hospitality employers staff up for busy travel seasons. However, it’s possible to find travel-related jobs—such as tourism sales coordinator, travel sales agent, account manager, travel coordinator, room attendant, desk manager and concierge—any time of year.
The variety of positions available is quite diverse. In fact, the top 20 hospitality jobs on ZipRecruiter in April, ranked by volume of job ads, were:
- Front Desk Receptionist
- Front Desk Coordinator
- Desk Manager
- Administrative Assistant Front Desk
- Shuttle Driver
- Guest Services Representative
- Hotel Staff Member
- Guest Services Associate
- Hotel General Manager
- Night Auditor
- Housekeeping Manager
- Tour Guide
- Housekeeping Aide
- Room Attendant
- Hotel Housekeeper
- Car Rental Agent
- Bell Person
- Travel Consultant
- Service Officer
ZipRecruiter Simplifies the Job Search
If you’re ready to look for a travel and tourism job—or a position in any other industry—there are many reasons to use ZipRecruiter according to Garner.
“ZipRecruiter makes it easier to look for work than any other job search app,” he explained. “Our machine learning algorithm curates highly relevant jobs from over 500 sources and sends the top results directly to your inbox every day. We also send you SMS alerts when a great job that’s right for you is posted nearby—allowing you to apply instantly.”
This last benefit is particularly important, Garner added. “You want to apply as quickly as possible. The first application is 40 percent more likely to be viewed and rated by an employer than the tenth, and 100 percent more likely than the twenty-fifth.”
Starting your job search with ZipRecruiter is easy. Simply visit the website and create a free account. This requires nothing more than your name and email address, though you also have the option to create a job alert based on job title, keyword and/or location, as well as upload your resume. “We’ll notify you anytime your resume is viewed,” Garner said, “so you’ll always know where you stand in your job search.”
As a ZipRecruiter job seeker, you can apply for open positions with a single click and can even take your job search on the road with the ZipRecruiter mobile jobs app. Available through the App Store and Google Play Google Play, the mobile jobs app makes it simple to search jobs, respond to alerts and track your status from anywhere.
Go the Extra Mile to Stand Out from the Crowd
“Over one million businesses have come to ZipRecruiter for help with their hiring needs, and 10,000 new businesses sign up each month,” Garner said. “Nearly 40 million job seekers across our network are currently signed up to receive email job alerts.”
With so much competition, it’s important to make sure you stand out from the crowd.
“Job seekers can stand out to an employer in a variety of ways,” Garner continued. “In order to boost an application, we recommend seeking a reference that can personally recommend you to the company. Also, simple basic spelling and grammar checking of resumes and cover letters can go a long way with hiring managers. Finally, following up can further set you apart from other candidates.”