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Using Volunteer Experience on a Resume

By Kaitlyn Lannan

April 7, 2015

If you studied abroad while in college, you will probably agree that it was an eye-opening and enriching experience. You can use what you learned abroad during your job or internship search and it could help you to get the job!

Here’s how to make the most of what you learned.

Put your experience on your resume.

Your potential employers will be impressed by the fact that you lived in another country for several months to a year, which shows that you have adaptability skills. Put your study abroad program in the education section of your resume, where it will be one of the first things that employers see.

Continue your language-learning.

When I returned from studying abroad in Paris, I wanted to capitalize on the language skills that I gained from the integration experience.

I signed up to take a test to get a certification in speaking French at the local French Alliance, and I will put my results on my resume.

Talk about the skills that you learned while abroad in interviews or in cover letters.

Studying abroad helps people to broaden their horizons and learn many new skills that they might not have otherwise learned, so be sure to capitalize on these experiences.

For example, if the position that you are interested in requires you to be flexible and open to change, talk about how you lived in a different country where there are different cultural norms and how you overcame any challenges that were presented to you.

Keep in touch with your friends from your program.

It’s likely that you made at least a few close friends while studying abroad, and keeping in touch with them is a great way to build up networking contacts for the future. You never know who might have a connection to the job that you want!

Studying abroad is an incredible experience that can end up helping you in your job search. Using these tips can help you to land your dream job!

Kaitlyn Lannan is a junior at Northwestern University. She is majoring in economics and communication studies and plans on attending business school in the future. Her dream job is becoming the Chief Marketing Officer at a Fortune 500 company. You can find Kaitlyn on Twitter at @KaitlynLannan.

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