How to write a CV to find a job in the tourism industry

Traveling is a passion shared by many people. Whether it’s a short business trip or a vacation with your family, breaking away from your daily routine and going on holiday is the perfect way to clear your mind and enjoy a well-deserved rest.

Tourism welcomes not only customers but also many workers. On the other hand, working in tourism can be a very enjoyable experience, so you may want to consider writing a CV to find work in this field.

Below we will give you some suggestions on how to write a resume to dedicate an application in the world of tourism.

Knowledge of foreign languages: the most important detail
Let’s start with a detail that we should include later, but which may in fact be the cornerstone of our entire CV for tourism: foreign language skills. Working in tourism, on the other hand, translates into a continuous interface with clients of different nationalities like us, and therefore with people who speak other languages.

If you know other languages, like German or French or of course English, you need to make that clear in your CV. You might think of dedicating a specific “box” to your language skills, also illustrating the level of competence according to European regulations (B1, B2, C1, mother tongue and so on). If you want, you can also consider attaching your certificates obtained through courses or at the university.

Select and understated Layout
The tourism sector is certainly not comparable to the world of finance, law or the like: in other words, we are talking about a sector that leaves more room for the imagination and creativity of the candidate, including the creation of the curriculum.

Nevertheless, it would not be fair to create a completely fancy CV, with too bright colors and bizarre layouts. The tourism worker is still a professional who maintains an elegant and firm position: you must therefore make that impression on your employer as well.

Choose a sober layout, without excesses for your CV. For example, you can choose a layout with two colors, a shade of dark purple or similar colors, and with a certain shape (for example, close your photo in a circle). Do not overdo it though!

Focus on your experiences

Working in tourism certainly requires school or university training, but it is the focus on experiences that really make the difference. Our suggestion is all the experiences you have had in contact with tourists, or at least in any inherent work environment.

Carefully describe the positions you have held, the extent to which you have dealt with clients and the extent to which you have used the foreign language you know; illustrate your responsibilities and, if you have held a managerial or supervisory role, do not hesitate to write it down and show what your duties (and the duties of your subordinates) were.

Include all study experiences abroad
If you have obtained a diploma and completed a study period abroad, this can also be a valuable detail to include in a CV that is being worked for in tourism. This is because the employer notices that you have spent time in contact with people who speak another language, and therefore had a good experience in this area.

You can put these details in a section at the end of the CV, perhaps in a box dedicated to other parallel training experiences.

Describe your availability
Last but not least is the detail of your availability. Working in tourism often requires the candidate to move from home, perhaps for a few months (imagine the case of workers on cruise). In any case, indicate the availability you have in your CV: if you can move from home, or in any case if you are willing to travel, describe it absolutely, because it will be a valuable resource for the recruiter for you to elect as a new employee.


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