/ Asked by Tanya
Are particular types of study abroad programs more compelling resume items than others (i.e. varying lengths of stay, language immersion, community involvement while there)?
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Hi there! Study abroad experiences can be a truly amazing part of your educational journey.  You listed some good things in your question, but maybe another way to think about it is how does the experience apply to your leadership experience, organizational skills, development of process flows or ability to communicate compellingly with a variety of audiences? I think we're talking about the same things, I may just be using a style more in line with business needs.  Comb through the job descriptions or project descriptions for clues on exactly what your specific companies of interest are looking for.

You are going to want to tailor your resume to the positions you are applying for, so you'll have some chances to try out different ways to touch on the key elements that help you stand out from a crowd.

Best of luck in your job search!
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Thursday, September 3, 2015
Going abroad in itself is an accomplishment and can be used to show your flexibility and willingness to learn and accept all cultures around you. In terms of you resume, if you took certain courses in your major I would include them in some way, I would also look to capture any community involvement or volunteer work since. Additionally, language immersion allows you to learn and grow your language and communication capabilities which many companies are looking to have since many companies are going global. Going abroad is what you make of it. Make sure that when you speak of going abroad you put thought into your answers than answering "it was awesome!" Companies like to see what you got out of studying abroad and how you changed as an individual.
Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Friday, September 11, 2015
Having study abroad experience on your resume is a plus in and of itself. Showing an employer that you took an opportunity in another country to learn about that culture and stretch yourself says a lot about your character. Employers value international experience so providing any specifics on where you were and what you learned from the experience will be of value on your resume. There may be locations that would be more desirable to certain employers if they have offices there, but that shouldn't be the reason you pick a study abroad program. There is always an advantage to be able to speak another language, so if given the opportunity to do that, I would recommend that option. The length of stay doesn't always have an impact because someone can accomplish more in a week than others do in a month. Studying abroad is a wonderful experience that you will remember forever, so don't forget to take the time to enjoy every day!
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