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Tips On How To Get A Job After Travelling

Travelling the world can make you feel like you’re in a bubble and nothing can burst it! Up until your travels come to an end. Funds are low and it’s time to step back into ‘reality.’ You venture back home to face the prospect of trying to find a job and get back to normal. Sometimes the adjustment can be quite difficult but here are some job seeking tips to help with your CV, application, job searching and interview process – maximising your chances of landing a job on your return.

CV

An up to date CV is a must! It is important all your relevant work experience is included along with skills you acquired along the way. You will need to explain the gap by in including your travels in either the hobbies and interests section or within your experience section – dependent on how you spent your time abroad. If you went purely for leisure include it under interests but if you went to undertake voluntary work locate this within your work experience section.

For example  

Leisure: Independent Traveller (March 2016 – January 2017) 

or 

Work Experience: Volunteer English Teacher in Thailand (March 2016 – January 2017)

Job details and responsibilities”

By doing this you are explaining any gaps in employment and immediately the hiring manager can see a timeline of experience. To get a better feel of what you have been up to in your most recent years. Whereas if you choose to leave out your travelling experience the recruiter may presume you have been unemployed for a long time or you have something to hide. Which won’t always reflect well on you as a candidate.

Struggling with your CV? Find all the CV advice you’ll need here 

Application

You may be tempted to apply for lots of jobs at once when you arrive back. This is absolutely fine as long as you make sure your CV is tailored differently to each application. Spend extra time on updating this along with your, cover letter and research regarding the potential employer and job.

TOP TIP: Note down any keywords within the job description and incorporate them into your CV.

Job Search

If you are struggling to secure a permanent full-time position when returning home, you may want to consider a temporary role. Temp work is a great way to gain relevant experience, build upon your soft skills and fill in any gaps of unemployment. Which you may have been faced with if you hadn’t of chosen the non-permanent role.

Additionally, temp employers tend not to look negatively upon gaps of unemployment because of the nature of the job and the time period. So as long as you have the relevant skills and are prepared to commit to the short-term contract, you should have no issues in securing an interview.

Interview

The interview is where you need to be prepared to explain any gaps in employment. This is also your chance to showcase what you learnt whilst travelling. Did you acquire any new skills or work on existing ones? Use this to your advantage and state how travelling provided you with adaptability skills, financial skills (planning and saving) and interpersonal skills. Due to interacting with people from different countries and cultures.

When talking about your travelling experience, express what you learnt and gained from the experience. Did you feel a sense of independence and freedom? Explain how you stepped out of your comfort zone to gain an experience you’ve always wanted to have.

 

2 Comments

  1. emilywatson

    Hiring managers are looking for people who meet qualifications, but let’s face it – with more people getting advanced degrees than ever, they normally have an abundance of applications to choose from, so it’s necessary to find something that it going to make them think twice about putting you in the rejection pile. Your long-term travels make you unique

    1. bubble

      Very true!

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