Traveling is a new form of education. You learn a complete different skill set while traveling than you would from a textbook. Travel builds character and educates us naturally by doing and experiencing ourselves. You can’t teach appreciation of the world, you can’t teach a sense of wanderlust, but travel definitely does.
However, when recruiters see those gaps, they can’t help think, “tisk tisk, they must just not be ready to work.” They see unemployment, no ambition, and a whole lot of partying and drinking (well, at least my mom thinks so) but it’s time these misconceptions behind us because companies will be losing the best future employers.
Quoted from livingnomads.com, this is why travelers make the best candidate:
1. WE ARE THE DREAMERS
Travelers see the beauty in things that aren’t so beautiful. They are able to see the world in a different way. It’s not ordinary, it’s magical. Therefore, when we work, we want to make our workspace our new world while bringing value and culture to the workspace. We got this.
2. WE MAKE THINGS HAPPEN
The willingness of travelers are so great. We always make things happen. Once they have dreams to visit one place, they will assure to visit that place someday even if they must do much savings for months. Nothing is impossible for travelers to travel over the place they want.
3. WE ADAPT TO CHANGES
As travelers, we thrive on change. We travel from destination to destination, use all types of currencies, adjust to new time zones, and are constantly changing our environments. Basically, we find our feet easily. We are much more open to change and can adjust with no trouble in regards to reorganization and management alterations a lot better compared to those who don’t venture out.
4. WE ARE EXTREMELY RISK TAKER
As travelers, we are faced with stressful and uncomfortable situations that force us to push ourselves out of our comfort zones. But we are willing to overcome our fears of the unknown and explore it. We jump off cliffs, eat mystery meat in Asia, ride in tuk tuks, and hey, even cross the streets in Vietnam. So a bit of a business risk is nothing to fear, but rather embrace. And hey, the best experiences happen outside of our comfort zones and so do the greatest successes.
5. WE KNOW HOW TO BUDGET & SPEND MONEY WISELY
Journeyed candidates know how to stretch a dollar. We can make a whole lot with just a little. Making budget reports and staying within budget is second nature to us. How much travel can we get out of X amount? We can do the same with your business. Try us.
6. WE CAN NEGOTIATE
Have you ever been to Asia? “My friend, we have good price for you.” Ok, right. Don’t let that fool you because we know how to haggle for almost everything. We find the item we want, we are set on our price and we know how we will get it. In other words, we can negotiate with other businesses pretty well. If we have a goal in mind such as a future partnership or a new deal, we will negotiate the heck out of it until we get what we want for the price we want. Thanks, Asia.
7. WE MAKE DECISIONS QUICKLY
Frequent travelers have to make decisions all the time while they are on the go. Things go wrong, the meet new people, places are sold out. Travelers need to think fast for what’s next. They have to weigh up the pros and cons of transportation, accommodation, and assessing risks. We travel for a limited time, so to maximize both time and money, we become efficient decision makers.
8. WE HAVE EXCELLENT COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Not only are travelers willing to learn a few words in another language, but we have to talk to locals to see the best of the city. We talk to the travelers in our hostels to hang out or do a tour. We love to get to know other people and travel together. We aren’t afraid of conversation, we can make a good chat out of anything, we connect to people on a deeper level and we love to hear different opinions. We are globalized citizens. That, my friend, makes a great salesman.
9. WE HAVE AN OPTIMISTIC ATTITUDE
Problems are everywhere when you are on traveling. Travelers have their own attitude to overcome those problems into a positive side, we see it as a lesson to become even more better and stronger. This is best applied when in the office where problems are maybe come over and over.
10. WE ARE WILLING TO LEARN
Travelers have a dire need to learn about the world around them. We want to learn more about new cultures, customs, and traditions. We travel to learn about this big world, about ourselves and about other people. We adapt the same mentality in the workforce. We always want to learn to make a bigger and better “me”.
11. WE ARE GOOD AT PROBLEM SOLVING
Missing flights or trains, delayed busses, lost suitcases? We have all been there, but travelers know how to keep their cool when something goes wrong. In event planning, something always happens (seriously, no event goes perfectly), but it is the way we manage the issue and solve the problem that matters in the end. It’s like they say, “It’s not about the destination, it’s about how you get there.”