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Asked by Eric on January 20, 2016

I have a degree of BBA in tourism and post-graduate cert. in marketing. After graduating, I spent 7 months job searching and finally got a job in sales (mainly b2b) in the beverage industry. I've been working there for more than 1.5 years, but I've also been spending about 5 months searching for another job in tourism. I haven't had any luck so far though. Could anyone please give me some advice? Thanks.

Answered by Amanda, Hiring Expert at Daikin Applied, on January 27, 2016

I would recommend with your current employer trying to get some of the skills that the tourism company is seeking.  Think about how you can add that into your scope of your current job.  Additionally, do volunteer work to make up for what you can't get in the beverage industry.  You'll be able to add this to your resume and show you are working towards obtaining the skills they are seeking. 

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Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at Asurion, on January 28, 2016

In addition to building your experience through volunteer work, involvement in professional organizations, etc., consider lifting your job search restrictions. If you are truly interested in tourism, you may need to relocate to a different city, state or country even. You may also need to look at the not-so-glamorous positions in tourism, in an effort to work your way up in the industry. Finally, you may want to build your resume by enrolling in courses to learn a foreign language. Best of luck to you! 

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Answered by Nell, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on April 8, 2016


First off congratulations! You have a great degree and a great certificate, and now you have solid experience! Your troubles could be due to a couple of things, I have highlighted potential issues and tips below:
1) Are you looking outside the city that you are living. I recommend opening up your job search to all over the US, with the major focus on surrounding states.
2) You may notice, once you hit the 2 years’ experience on your resume. Having a solid 2 years at experience on top of your education will make you stand out!
3) How many jobs are you applying to per day? My recommendation is to apply for 30 jobs per day. It sounds like a lot, however that is the target you should aim for when job hunting.
4) Are you willing to take a risk? Check out Cruise ships! They usually have a ton of opportunities in the tourism industry, but it may require that you pack up and live on a cruise ship. (Doesn’t sound like too bad of a deal to me).
5) Broaden the scope of your aim. Check out Hotels, resorts, and large event venues. There are often many very cool positions in these areas.
6) Broaden the scope of where you look for positions. INDEED, LinkedIn, Private company websites, Twitter.
7) Network and ask your network for an informational meeting to help direct you and give you advice.
I wish you the best of luck in your search!
-Nell

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