I am looking for some input on my CMD entry for my year trip around the world last year. Keep in mind this is for the CMD portion, not necessarily going to go on the resume in total, depending on the job applying for.
One comment I received while undertaking my job search was "why is he trying to make it sound like it was a job". This was via my friend who is trying to get me an interview at a company I am interested in and asked a manager what they thought of the resume.
This is first in line on my resume (its reverse chronological of course) as it was the last big thing I did and explains a huge gap in my resume as well as the reasons I did it and some things I can apply to the workforce because of it.
For context, I am 30 and have been in the workforce for about 5 years before taking the trip, holding a successful sales job at a large manufacturing company.
I am happy to give more info, but wanted to keep it brief at the beginning. Looking forward to hearing some feedback on how you would recommend I improve this.
Mar 2015 – Jan 2016: Long Term Travel – Traveled with my wife to Europe, Asia, and South America for 11 months on a budget of $45K. Important to us because we had not traveled much previously and we wanted to explore some of the world before starting a family. Determined worldwide travel and the experiences it would bring would enrich our lives and that there would never be a better time.
Reached our budgeting goals prior to trip, allowing us to leave our jobs without stress over our finances.
Stayed within our $45K budget through effective planning, well designed systems, and route optimization.
Captured and processed over 75,000 photos for documentation of our trip on our blog, www.everydayanewadventure.com.
Enhanced communication skills through speaking with strangers daily, often requiring use of another language.
Challenged the status quo by taking a bold, yet calculated risk.
Thank you for your time and consideration!