Resume-Worthy Skills Learned From Global Experiences

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

It’s no secret that long-term travel or experiences living, working and studying abroad can develop numerous resume-worthy skills; most notably a ‘global perspective’. While it’s great to demonstrate your newfound global perspective to prospective employers in your resume, cover letter or during an interview; it’s not enough. In fact, many who have had global experiences forget to list the entire range of skills they acquired as a result of being overseas. Below is a short list of skills one could potentially gain while spending a significant amount of time abroad:
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What You Did: Had Meaningful Interactions with the Local Community

What You Gained: intercultural sensitivity skills, global awareness, culture-specific knowledge, language skills

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What You Did: Interned, Volunteered or Worked Abroad

What You Gained: the ability to work in diverse environments, adaptability, flexibility, networking skills (especially if you found a job once you were abroad), sales & customer service skills  (i.e., finding students for private lessons).

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What You Did: Started a Blog 

What You Gained: brand management skills, social media marketing skills, increased level of discipline, consumer engagement skills, improved writing skills (especially if you teaght English)

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What You Did: Long Term and/or Multi-Country Travel

What You Gained: complex problem solving skills, time management skills (can anyone say transportation schedules?), organizational skills, budgeting & money management skills


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What experiences and associated skills would you add to this list?
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