When you’re conducting your job search, don’t assume anything, especially when it comes to traveling positions. Traveling can mean different things to each company.
When you see a position advertised that says, “traveling position” or “travel required” what does that mean? It can mean a lot of things so don’t pass on this opportunity until you have all of the facts.
I have discussed these issues with companies and believe me, some companies think a traveling position is traveling twice a month and another company will think a traveling position is traveling twice a week. Another thing you will see is a percentage, 10% travel, 20% travel or even 50% travel. What does that mean?
Never assume anything when it comes to job descriptions for companies. I have seen companies start with 30% travel and then change it to none. This happens. Things change within companies all the time. Nothing is constant. People change. Plans change. Everything.
So when you’re considering employment with a company, but you’re opposed to heavy travel, don’t assume anything. Apply to the position. When you’re interviewing and the interviewer asks you if you’re open to travel your answer should be “Yes!” If you say anything else you will be knocked out of contention.
Wait until you have all of the facts before you make a decision. Don’t hesitate when you’re asked about traveling. Just say, “Yes!” and move to the next step in the interviewing process. If you hesitate, you will be knocked out of contention before you have all of the facts. That’s a mistake.
Make sure you get all of the facts before you make a decision. And when I say all of the facts I mean everything. The position, location, potential, compensation and yes, the travel required. You might be very surprised of the final outcome. But if you assume anything or if you hesitate when you’re asked about travel you may never know. Don’t assume anything when it comes to travel. I hope this helps.
Good luck to you!