I just wanted to get some opinions.  We've been receiving a few resumes from candidates that include lines similar to "Now that I've travelled the world, I'd love to put my education to use"

What are you thoughts on lines like that? 

Personally, I don't like seeing those lines because I feel like working is an afterthought for everything else happening in their lives.

Now maybe it's also jealousy because I got into the workforce early and haven't had the chance to travel around the world.

hyubdoo23's picture


Does it matter that a candidate has some world experience? Does it matter where they are coming to you from? Does this experience exclude them from being considered by you? If so, I would say that you are informing your hiring decisions based on your own prejudice.

Personally, i think it's your own jealousy getting in the way. How about leaving that out of the equation so that you give everyone a fair chance?



TomW's picture
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Do you mean it's on their cover letter? Or do you mean actually on the resume?

Personally, I'd ignore that  along with lines like "hello, how are you?"

Unless you need someone with strong geography skills, it's really not pertinent to the job.

gregcooper's picture

 yes. Sorry, I mean on their resume.  I do ignore it because it's not necessary for the positions at all.

I just wanted to see what others thought on these types of lines on resumes, especially when they aren't relevant.

gregcooper's picture

I don't care where the people come from. It's that that line is a reoccurring theme in their cover letter and resume.  I just don't think it's relevant at all to the position they are applying for.

And I don't use it as a deterrent for looking at their resume. I just see it as a time waster to include in a resume when world travels have nothing to do with anything. If they have qualifications for the job, well great. But I don't care that you travelled the world.  It's not a deal maker or breaker for me, it's just extra words I have to read.

mattpalmer's picture

... move on.

Yes, it's a time (and space!) waster, but there's so much of that in resumes that you'd have an aneurysm if you let it all get to you.  I like tomw's suggestion to treat it like "hi, how are you" and mentally filter it out.