Career Change Resume – Adapting Your Resume to a Career Change
By Jerry Pohn
“If you’re interested in composing a career change resume, or need a little career change advice, I’ve put together a few tips here gathered from expert Human Resource professionals in the industry.”
1. Concentrate on the following two most important areas when composing a career change resume: Research and Transferable Skills.
2. Assuming you are quite sure that changing careers is the best decision for your situation, your next biggest challenge will be convincing your potential employer to give you the job.
3. To achieve this your chances are greatly improved if you can demonstrate to them that you have an extensive knowledge of their industry, notwithstanding the fact that you don’t have experience in the field.
4. Make sure that you understand what professional paths are open to you in your new career, and from that establish your career goals. This becomes the basis from which to form your career objective.
5. Do your homework on the company you are seeking to join and then do even more homework on the competitors in the industry. It really will serve you well to appear very knowledgeable of the industry as a whole.
6. The next hurdle to get over is to convince them that you are more suited to the job than the other candidates with more experience.
7. To achieve that you need to pull out all the stops and bring out the big guns…namely — your eagerness to learn, your extensive knowledge of the industry, combined with an array of transferable skills, enthusiastic energy and a fresh approach.
8. The transferable skills you want to highlight would be for example:
* Generation of new ideas and concepts
* The development of new processes
* Project Management
* Customer Relations
* Verbal and Written Communication
* People Management…etc.
Such skills are universally useful to any organization and hence you need to use them to highlight your qualifications for the position you are seeking.
9. Listing all your professional skills and experiences and the qualifications necessary for the job you are seeking, will assist you in highlighting which skills are transferable to the new career.
10. A functional resume format will be best to assure that most or all of the required qualifications of the job are met.
What more are you waiting for…take action? You could be losing potential jobs even as you read this!
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Jerry Pohn is a writer from South Africa…and is no longer jobless!