Seven Ways to Improve Your Resume with Travel

Travel can be a thrilling adventure or a much needed relaxing getaway. But traveling can be so much more than that. Whether you’re taking a short vacation or an extended trip, you can turn your experience away from home into new career possibilities, improve your resume, and increase your value as an employee. Here are seven ways to improve your career with travel:

1. Teach.

You don’t have to have a degree in education to be a teacher. Teach whatever skills you excel in or anything you consider yourself an expert on. Offer to be a guest speaker at a high school, college, community center, or library. If you’re looking for more long-term travel, consider teaching your first language in another country.

2. Learn a language.

There’s no better way than to learn a language than by emerging yourself in it. Traveling to a foreign speaking country for an extended time is a great way to learn their language first hand. Whatever field you’re in, knowing another language makes you more marketable to future employers.

3.  Take a class.Photo: Frank

Whether you have time for an entire semester or just one day, look into taking an appropriate class or seminar. Check out colleges and universities to see what courses they offer. Community colleges and libraries can offer computer classes or life skills classes like budgeting. Hospitals, YMCA, and health centers likely offer classes on CPR and nutrition.

4.  Network.

Facebook and Twitter are fantastic ways to meet people and keep in touch, but nothing compares to networking face to face. Search LinkedIn and professional websites in your industry for networking events. Professional groups may be hosting events or meetings in the area. Reach out to alumni in the area, friends and former colleagues for anyone who they can put you in contact with.

5. Volunteer.

Volunteering is not only a terrific way to help people, but it can also add to your resume and work experience. Any volunteering shows you are an active, well-rounded person. For additional career benefits, volunteer in your related field of interest. Check out Volunteermatch.org to find the perfect opportunity that you’re interested in.

6. Get more work experience.

If you want to travel but can’t sacrifice an income, work while you’re away. See if your current employer has opportunities in other locations. Look for seasonal or temporary work on job search websites like Monster and Careerbuilder. If you have little experience or want to join a new field, take an internship.

 

 

7. Plan your trip.

Even the skills you attain while planning an extended trip can improve your resume. Organization, paying attention to details, and working independently are just a few of the skills you can spin to employers. You’re doing thorough research while looking for deals, using people skills while calling to negotiate deals and book reservations, and using financial skills while creating and sticking to a travel budget.

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Comments

  1. says

    My wife and I always talked about doing a trip where we would spend some time teaching others. By the time vacation times comes around we always want to relax though :-)

  2. says

    Taking a class is my favorite out of the list. I have to say that learning another language seems like the most intimidating one here. Not sure I would have any comparative advantage in pursuing that one.

  3. Tri says

    Travelling and working by teaching English overseas is a GREAT way to weather the economic storm while enjoying life at the same time. If I didn’t have a job right out of college, I would have jumped at the chance to teach overseas in a heartbeat.

  4. Drew C says

    Would you advise putting “planning a trip” on your resume? I guess you just mean the skills such as organization, social skills and leading a group. I agree that these skills can be a huge asset for a resume and being the best in your occupation.

    I just went on a trip to Italy, and I did MUCH planning for the trip. It all went pretty well with a few hitches, but I feel like my planning skills were honed!

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