How to Market Your Study Abroad Experience
Among the many benefits of studying abroad, your international experience will be attractive to employers and will be an asset to your job search. You should include this experience on your résumé, and perhaps refer to it in your cover letter, portfolio, and job interviews.
Experiences in other countries offer opportunities for personal growth and exploration as well as the opportunity to build valuable skills and traits that will enhance your ability to compete as a top job candidate! However, you need to communicate the impact and value of your experience to potential employers.
What types of skills and attributes are developed through studying abroad?
The skills and attributes gained while studying abroad are as diverse and varied as each individual's study-abroad experience. The following list offers examples of skills often developed through living in other countries.
Where should I include study-abroad experience on my résumé?
Ways to incorporate your experience on your résumé vary. Here are some general guidelines to help you get started:
Should I discuss my study-abroad experience in my cover letter or during job interviews?
The key to writing a great cover letter and preparing for a job interview is to match your skills and abilities to the needs of the employer. In most cases, international experience will be attractive to employers; you will need to determine what skills will enable you to "sell yourself" best.
Use your cover letter to highlight one or two of your top skills or attributes and refer to your travel experience if appropriate. Your cover letter should spark employers' interest and direct them to your résumé for additional information about your qualifications.
As you get ready for job interviews, prepare stories that highlight your skill sets and reflect on several experiences from your past, including studying abroad.
What if I need additional help?
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