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How does travel look on the ol' CV/resume

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1. Posted by cardb9 (Budding Member, 46 posts) 27 May '06 00:57

I was just wondering how your travels experiences have effected your CV/resume? Do employers nt like the idea that you dont seem to be very stable?

And for people that have been travelling for a few years as much as possible, does the fact that you have very lil work experience or havnt stayed in one plave very long matter in the interviews you have been in.

Basically does travel have a positive or a negative impact on your work aspirations?

2. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru, 8868 posts) 27 May '06 03:10

Most employers actually like to see that you have traveled and got a bit of 'life experience' under your belt.
It is also looked on as you have got the bug out of your system (never tell them you haven't) and therefore more stable.

On one interview the guy taking it looked at mine and said what happened in the gap in my CV, (as the jobs that i had whilst roaming didn't have anything to do with it i didn't put them in). I just said you name it i did it, bumming around the world looking and learning.
He was impressed enough to give me the job !!!

3. Posted by Isadora (Moderator, 13924 posts) 27 May '06 13:20

You can always explain the situation during the interview. There are several different resume formats that are designed to "hide" gaps in your employment. But, definitely include the travel info. Depending on the type of work/company you are applying for - a well-travelled employee is one who will be also able to deal with multi-cultural relationships within the company and with outside venders, etc. around the world. Literally, it makes you look "global" in a global world.

As Jase said - it also shows that you have probably "sown your wild travel oats" and will now be dedicated to the task. Honestly, (and I do resume design as a freelance job) the way the resume looks design-wise will be the first thing they look at. If it is well done and stands out, they will then read the info it contains. I have known several people who have gotten interviews because of the look of the resume. They clinched the job through the interview process. Two have told me the interviewer had no idea what the resume actually contained - they just thought it was "good-looking" so contacted them. It's a crazy world!

4. Posted by cardb9 (Budding Member, 46 posts) 27 May '06 13:27

interestin'.

I do plan to travelthe next few years but I also plan to apply for the police force in the future and was just wondering how all the working, then leaveing, working, then leaving would look on the application.

good replies:)

5. Posted by Isadora (Moderator, 13924 posts) 27 May '06 14:04

Quoting cardb9

interestin'.

I do plan to trave lthe next few years but I also plan to apply for the police force in the future and was just wondering how all the working, then leaveing, working, then leaving would look on the application.

good replies:)

With every resume submission, there is a cover letter than goes along with it. (Or, there should be a cover letter taylored to that particular position.) The cover letter is where you, in paragraph form, state your interest in the position, why you think you are a qualified (or the best qualified) candidate, and why you want the job. That is where you would explain (briefly) that you have taken time to "see the world" and are now ready to settle down to a rewarding job as whatever - in your case - a police officer. The cover letter is your introduction to the hiring staff. It is the equivalent of a one-on-one introduction, just in writing. Be short and to the point.

Again, in your case, travelling will help show that you have tolerance, acceptance and understanding of other cultures - something that is of great importance in the field of police work. Good luck! ;)

6. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru, 8468 posts) 27 May '06 17:39

Quoting cardb9

interestin'.

I do plan to travelthe next few years but I also plan to apply for the police force in the future and was just wondering how all the working, then leaveing, working, then leaving would look on the application.

good replies:)

PERK!! I thought I heard mention of cops on the forum...;)

7. Posted by road_trip (Full Member, 203 posts) 31 May '06 12:15

I've often thought about this subject. Basically I feel that if someone believes travel is a waste of time then they are very closed minded, and if they represent that company, then maybe that job is not for me.
I hope to come back after 12 months enriched with knowledge and experiences ;), that will actually help me to do whatever job I land. Who knows?
I'm proud that I've had the opporunity to travel, and if 'they' don't like it, and I don't get a job because of that, then 'they're' more foolish than I thought.

8. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru, 454 posts) 31 May '06 23:53

There's something elso to it, too. I would say that after travelling you are full of energy, with reloaded batteries, and you are ready to face the hard labour market with a positive attitude - which is just as important as having a proper CV and application letter.

And besides, when I finished uni I went straight out travelling, for 8 months. I was a bit worried about all this, "how does travelling look in my CV" stuff, but everyone - professors at school, people working with human resources etc. - told me it was fine, great even! Because a "gap" looks bad when it's filled with nothing but if it's a travelling gap it shows that you actually did something (something brave!) with your free time. Now I'm back, and I got my job even before I came back home.

//Susanna

9. Posted by PLUSCREW (Budding Member, 28 posts) 1 Jun '06 03:14

its well recognised by most employers that travel is an asset. If you have travelled and worked during some if it you will have picked up different skills, experienced new ideas and you will probably have a more open approach to new things and problems.
When you travel you will encounter every type of personality, good and bad, every type of situation that will require problem solving, patience and communication skills, all very important areas to a prospective employer. I agree with the comment that if the employer isn't impressed then they obviously haven't travelled themselves and are more likely to be closed minded.
Travel also broadens your career prospects. I have worked as a teacher, builders labourer, receptionist, tour guide and now as a PA. I'm thankfull I haven't been pigeon holed into one career and have actually found my feet in the tourism industry. Not exactly where I thought I'd end up after leaving Uni 8 years ago but there you go.
The more experience the better, and if you do get the travelling bug you can always find a job in the industry and get PAID to do the best job on earth- travel.

10. Posted by flo jo (Respected Member, 414 posts) 1 Jun '06 06:39

I have three gaps years in my cv and am preparing the fourth one. It never has been a problem and I always found another job, better than the previous one, in a short time after i came back.
All the human resources manager I met, were pretty amased and athonished of what I have done. I always been waiting for my current employer to find someone to replace me and to be trained before I was going so my previous employer can be used as references.

Enjoy your trip