If you find yourself in an unfamiliar city, what can you rely on to find a job? My answer – a good resume. With a well-written resume, you can go into any workplace and present yourself with confidence! If you didn’t already know, confidence is vital to finding a job.

As a traveler, you need to keep yourself flexible with things like roommates and late buses. You also need to take into consideration the jobs you will have to work to support yourself.

If you are not already traveling full-time, you should take this chance to build a well-rounded resume. It’s almost more important to be good at a bunch of skills instead of focusing on just one. More knowledge comes with more opportunities. This is definitely true for finding work.

The first thing you can do to build your resume is be a volunteer.

You don’t need to be a certain age to volunteer. There are always opportunities to help out with your family and community! When you volunteer you are getting hands-on experience that doesn’t cost you anything but your time. Also, it provides you with skills you may not have already possessed.

Growing up, there were always jobs to be done and my family was kept busy helping out wherever we could. We invested ourselves in the church by cleaning up bathrooms and baking cookies for events. As a kid, it was hard to get up on a Saturday morning to go clean the auditorium, but it was teaching me humility every time I had to scrub the toilet or mop the floors. Little did I know that as a college student I would find myself happily cleaning the campus facilities to pay for my tuition.

Volunteering helped me get to that point.

Another thing you can do to build your resume is working seasonally.

I know that life gets busy and you can’t afford to do everything at once. Seasonal work is a smaller commitment to getting a full-time job. When you know your job only lasts for 9 weeks it’s easy to commit yourself to the hours scheduled.

You can pick up work anywhere from Target to taking pictures at the Santa set. It’s a great way to learn new skills. If you didn’t enjoy working with kids on Easter, change it up and become a stock person at Walmart. They need helpers during the Holiday Seasons which could help earn extra money for your future trips.

A valuable way to build your resume would be to take college classes.

No, that isn’t me saying you need to go to college and get a degree, but sometimes courses at your local college could help you gain skills in a particular field of interest. In my last year of college, I decided to drop out of all my general education classes and take a construction class. I knew nothing about construction, but by the end of the semester, I had enough knowledge to make me confident in the male-dominated field.

Do you have an interest in photography, coding, cooking or construction? Your community college could be a great place for you to begin learning these skills for little to no cost.

The last way I recommend you build your resume is to work.

There is no better way to build your skills than by hands-on experience. Take a chance and apply for a job you may not be qualified for. Sometimes, employers will make the investment to train you.

Even with all the accounting classes, I took at college, I knew nothing when it came to actual work in bookkeeping. Nevertheless, a small business hired me and trained me to work for them. They invested their resources into my skills and now have a competent worker that will benefit them in the long run!

Because they took the time to train me and I took the chance to learn, I now have a skill that could help me gain employment all around the world! You can check out my latest Finance Update in order to see how I support myself while traveling.

If you are not traveling already, you should be investing the time to build your resume so that you will be prepared as well.

Till Next Time,

Merely Melina