It’s no exaggeration to say that hundreds of thousands of people want to work for Airbnb right now.
When the company announced its move to a permanent remote work model on April 28, more than 800,000 people flocked to its careers page — and that interest continued in the weeks following the announcement, Catherine Powell, Airbnb’s global head of accommodations, told CNBC Just do it.
Under its new policy, salaries for U.S. and Canadian employees will be determined by a single pay level for a given role instead of location-based levels, and starting in September, the more than 6,000 employees at Airbnb will have the choice of working up to three months a year from more than 170 countries.
But, if you want to land a job on the booking site, you don’t need a stamped passport. Instead, you should be “very curious” and eager to ask questions, according to Airbnb CEO and co-founder Brian Chesky.
“There are a number of traits we look for in candidates, but one that has always stuck with me is curiosity,” Chesky told CNBC Make It. “To innovate, you have to be very curious and you have to ask a lot of questions…you can’t assume you know the answer, and if you think you know it, you have to constantly re-evaluate.”
Part of Airbnb’s mission, Powell adds, is to “build a culture of connection and belonging” — and anyone who wants to work for Airbnb must be open-minded and share that value.
“Human connection is at the heart of much of what we strive to do and create, so anyone joining [Airbnb] must help build that,” she adds.
According to career development expert Barbara Petitt, curiosity is a valuable soft skill that can help you gain an edge in today’s competitive workplace.
“Sharpening your curiosity will help you come up with great solutions faster and more creatively,” she recently told CNBC Make It. To develop curiosity skills, she added, learn about a topic you haven’t studied before.
For example, Petitt shared that she recently “decided to learn more about how the brain works.” “I read two books on neuroscience and gained a deep understanding of how people process new information,” she explained.
Highlighting such stories or interests on your LinkedIn profile, application, or during an interview can help you stand out to potential employers, especially Airbnb.
“Isn’t that the point of a trip?” says Chesky, linking curiosity to the company’s goal of making travel safe and accessible to everyone. “It’s the only time in people’s lives when they’re probably more open-minded than anything else about people, different cultures and the way they live.”
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