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The Well-Traveled Soldier

by Heidi Lynn Russell, Contributing Editor

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In Your Resume and Cover Letter
Travel goes to the top. Foreign language, your experiences and familiarity with cultures should go in your “Summary” section in your resume, Morettini says. Introduce it early in the cover letter as well.

“Capture the reader’s attention, especially on the resume. After you mention it in the “Summary,” your experience should be reinforced or reiterated through specific examples in the experience section,” she says.

With cover letters, keep in mind that the best ones are not necessarily formulaic.“What we tell people is to research and find out what’s important to the company targeted. If it’s language, that should go in the first sentence or two. If language is less important, still talk about it, but don’t lead with it. If you’ve been to various global locations, put it towards the top, though,” she says.
Discuss how quickly you learned another language. If you speak Arabic and Farsi, make sure you include that in the cover letter and that you have the ability to pick up foreign languages quickly, Rothberg says.

“The ability to learn quickly is going to be greatly valued by a multi-national company. They may start you in Switzerland and move you to Düsseldorf and then Helsinki if they know you can adapt to cultures and languages,” he says.

On Social Media
Post regular status updates on LinkedIn. Active profiles rank higher in employer search results, Rothberg says. To gain attention to your profile, post status updates about something that might be of interest to an employer in the country that you’d like to target.

“If you’re looking in Switzerland and speak German, post articles or a paragraph about something to do with Switzerland or the German language. When the employer is searching for a ‘military veteran who knows German,’ your profile will hopefully be a result,” Rothberg says.

Your post doesn’t have to be about business, either. Find articles about the country’s unemployment rate, a festival or natural disaster, for example.

“That will show those companies in that country that you’re interested in their country,” Rothberg says. “Once you make contact, they will Google you. And when they search your name, the number one result will be that they see you’re interested in the topics they’re interested in. They will be in a position where they can’t wait to interview you.”

Heidi Lynn Russell writes about employment and business issues.

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