Houston is a city with a population of about 2,257,926, as of July 2009, according to City-Data.com. The median rental price in the city was $809 as of that year. Leasing agents serve the city’s large population of apartment dwellers. Several apartment management and leasing courses are available to help you get started in a career in apartment management.
Complete a property management training course. Houston Community College offers one that consists of 144 hours of training for $995, as of this publication. The National Apartment Leasing Professional certification consists of several modules and costs $325 for members of the Houston Apartment Association or $425 for nonmembers. An introductory course for leasing personnel is available from the Houston Apartment Association, which can be completed in person or online for between $50 and $75.
Contact a few Houston-area staffing agencies that partner with the Houston Apartment Association to find a temporary or temporary-to-permanent position at a property in Houston. Temping is a good way to learn the ropes of the industry, gain experience and network with apartment professionals. A list of apartment staffing agencies in Houston is on the Houston Apartment Association website.
Visit properties of interest and ask to fill out a job application. Applying for a job in person is a good way to impress employers. Bring a copy of your resume and other important information, such as a list of references, your driver’s license, Social Security card, addresses, names and phone numbers of former employers. You can find a list of Houston Apartment Association members on its website (see Resources).
Another option is to visit your local workforce center in Houston, or look for leasing jobs in Houston on the WorkinTexas website.
Leasing professionals are always well-dressed, so dress professionally when applying for a position in person.