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Record Recruitment; Make light work of a holiday.

Britain's big holiday firms are looking for people to spend time in the sun and get paid into the bargain.

Sounds ideal. And it beats battling your way to work through the blizzard. But there must be a catch.

Well you do have to work for your money - helping out the species known as The Great British Holidaymaker.

The hunt is now on for overseas holiday reps to ensure that millions of trips go without a hitch.

Winter is traditionally the time when holiday companies recruit reps for their overseas operations.

The larger ones receive a staggering 10,000 applications a year from people who reckon that they are rep material.

So, is the job a stroll in the sun? Record Recruitment asked independent training company Holiday Solutions to tell us more about working abroad.

The company's experts are running a one-day course in Glasgow for would- be holiday reps.

Training manager Colin Barber says: "I spent three years as a holiday rep in Spain and Greece. Working in a that environment is an enjoyable experience - largely because every day is different. You get to meet hundreds of people.

"We'll be telling people all they need to know about working for holiday firms."

The majority of travel reps have no formal qualifications, but you'll need a good standard of education.

Don't worry if you have no previous experience of the travel industry - few reps do.

But you WILL need to prove experience of dealing with people.

A friendly face and common sense are more valuable than five Highers in this line of work.

Bear in mind, however, that a few companies require reps to speak a foreign language.

There are upper and lower age limits for reps depending on the holiday company. Opportunities do exist, however, for anyone between 18 and 65.

You'll be required to demonstrate that you enjoy working with strangers and can communicate in all kinds of situations.

You must be 16 or over to attend the next Holiday Solutions one-day course on Sunday, March 10, at the Stakis Ingram Hotel, Glasgow.

It costs pounds 49 per person - or pounds 39 each if you book with a friend.

Places are limited. To reserve a space, call 0181 577 7440.
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:WILSON, Report ROSS
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 19, 1996
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