A resume is the foundation of any successful job search, and it’s worthwhile to spend some time reviewing and updating yours. Provide details of the only jobs you’ve held in the last 10 years. List other jobs beyond that but do not provide the details of these on your resume.
One of the most important things to do, especially if you are looking to transition from another line of work into tourism, is to update your resume with any transferable skills that are relevant for a tourism-related position. Skills and experience such as working with the public, customer service skills, working well with a team, and the ability to make people comfortable would all be examples of assets to highlight.
Be sure to include your education and any relevant professional development on your resume, but there is no need to include the year your education was completed. In general, your education should be on the lower part of your resume, focus on your work experience and transferable skills.
As a general rule of thumb, keep your resume no longer than two pages, and where you list your employment experience, focus on results and what you accomplished rather than listing your job duties.
A cover letter is the other critical piece in applying for a job and it provides you with the ability to clearly sell yourself as the best candidate for the job. It is important to address any potential resistance or covert preconceptions in your cover letter. Remember it is likely that someone much younger than you may be reading your application and believe that you are over-qualified, after their own job, or don't understand your interest in that particular job. Be open; explain your situation and your motivations for wanting to continue to work. Address also the issue of wages; state clearly that you are fine with the prevailing wage rates. Sell yourself and your fit to the role.
Having a strong resume and cover letter will help to get your foot in the door and to an in-person interview where you can let your skills and personality shine!