So, you have just got back from travelling the world. Fabulous! Did you have a good time? The great thing about giving up your job and going travelling, whether it’s to the deepest rainforests of South America or experiencing the delights that Europe has to offer, you are picking up an incredible amount of skills and experience that you would not get sitting in a dingy office in London. It makes you a desirable candidate for employers when it comes to finding a new job, and of course, when you get back from your travels, that’s what most of us have to do.
You may have been lucky – perhaps you saved up all of your annual leave to do your travelling, or maybe your employer was generous enough to let you have a sabbatical from your job to go. However, for many of us, once we step off that plane back in Britain after an extended period of away, the reality is we have to find a job, and these days, that can be difficult. Here, we look at a few ways to help you get back in the job market and get you working so you can save up for that next trip!
Refresh Your CV
Before you do anything else, you need to take a look at your CV and give it a refresh. Make sure it is entirely up to date and that you have added in all the skills, knowledge and experience that you picked up while travelling. Don’t overload it though; save the details for your covering letter, if you have to write one, and your interview.
Register on job sites
Many positions now are offered on job sites rather than advertising directly, so register on all the sites. You can browse through the jobs and apply, and set up alerts when a job matching your specifications is listed. Don’t be afraid to go for something a bit different – you will probably find your travelling has given you a lot more confidence in yourself, so apply that to your work life and give yourself a new challenge! Of course, you can also approach companies directly by dropping your CV in or sending an email. Even if they do not have anything suitable at that time, they may well keep you on file for when something does come up.
Brush up on your interview skills
If it has been a while since you last had a job interview, you might want to brush up on your skills. Even for the most confident of people, they can be a nerve-wracking experience, but check out these interview tips, and ask a friend to do a mock one with you to see where you need a little more preparation. You also should take a quick look at your interview outfit – obviously, it depends on the job you are going for, but generally speaking, something professional but that gives a little hint to your personality is the best bet, such as suit with an unusual piece of jewellery or a bright pair of shoes!