How to use a travelling gap to boost your CV!

Each year, a large number of people from overseas come to study, work and travel in Australia. The latest statistics reveal that there were about 622,000 international students and over 127,000 Working Holiday visa holders in the country recently. 

The data shows that Australia has become a trendy destination among backpackers and those who are looking to learn English as a second language, or obtain higher qualifications.

It also points to another phenomenon. More people are choosing to take a career break to explore the world and develop a new skill set.

As travelling and studying abroad is gaining popularity, many employers already recognise the value of international experience. 

“As long as you can explain the benefits of your travel experience to a potential employer it could help your resume stand out, and improve your chances of being shortlisted for an interview,” said the Australian journalist and travel writer Megan Jerrard.      

But, how can candidates include overseas experience in their resume and take advantage of it? By following the tips below:

Start by evaluating what to inform and how to communicate it.  Everything added in a CV needs to tell the employer why a job seeker is the right applicant to fill a position. So, the first thing to do is to identify which experiences are closely related to the new job. Then, what other practical knowledge associated with personality traits and soft skills are valuable enough to share.

Only list relevant work experience in the resume’s main body. It means, listing any volunteer or paid-job experience in another country with similar or the same role to what the candidate is applying for now. Depending on the occupation, some freelance work or blogging activities count as employment. 

Any volunteering is worthy of mention, even when it has nothing to do with the career. Job seekers can talk about it in a section named Volunteering or Other Activities.  “One should always represent any volunteering done while travelling on a resume. For me it demonstrated my commitment to education, giving back to other cultures, and global experience”, said Sherry Ott, a career break expert, in a Nomadic Matt’s article

Talk about a travelling gap in a separate section. Sometimes, people may visit different countries and be unable to find a job in their field. By choosing the correct approach, candidates can demonstrate how they were still productive in all kinds of situations.

“Highlighting a gap in your resume as “International Experience” sounds a lot more noteworthy than calling yourself a world explorer. You should always aim to keep the information you’re sharing as professional as possible, and use your travel experience to demonstrate situations, actions, and results,” declared Megan. 

New languages, relevant courses, and blogging activities are now part of hard skill set. These are abilities no one should leave out of a resume, as these factors may have an impact on an employer’s decision. 

Through storytelling, candidates can describe new soft skills. Although they’re difficult to measure, most travelers can acquire a variety of interpersonal abilities, such as negotiation & communication skills. Sherry gives an example of how to write about it in a resume: “developed budgeting and planning skills by financing, planning, and organising my year around the world. This involved using various spreadsheets and keeping a record of expenses”. 

Do not forget! Any new content added to a CV needs to specify dates, places, and bring a brief description of that experience. 

Are you ready to use your travelling gap to boost your resume? 

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