Are you getting ready to apply to a job or are you looking to transition into another career? In a competitive job market, it’s hard enough for job seekers on a steady career path to get their resumes noticed. If you are pursuing a new direction or just changing jobs, it’s all that much more difficult to convince hiring managers to take a chance on you. When going through a career change (change in job function, change in industry, or both), one of the biggest challenges, after figuring out what you want to do, is how to present and market yourself for this new role. Think about it. If you spent the last 5 years in nonprofit work, and now want to work as an account manager for a for-profit company, how are you going to present yourself so the new industry and potential hiring manager find you appealing?
A common mistake career changers make is to use the same resumes that worked in their previous careers when they’re pursuing new ones. Instead, resumes should be reworked to emphasize key qualifications for new objectives. The best way to get started is to research the field you’re trying to break into to understand what hiring managers want from their workers. Career counselors at College2Career suggest networking with people in the industry and review job openings on company websites. Now answer the question: “Why should an employer take a chance on me?” You may not have the desired experience, but you probably have skills that are transferable from your former career: A hobby, volunteer experience, etc. A transferable skill is a skill that you developed in one career that is applicable to your new career. For example, a teacher may leverage communication skills used daily in the classroom (e.g., delivering presentations, facilitating group discussion, persuading others and writing reports) to a new career in sales.
College2Career provides resume writing services for young adults who are changing jobs and for those who are transitioning to another career direction. College2Career matches relevant skills to the position of choice and then selects the most appropriate format based on the type of career change you are pursuing.