How To Write A Resume For A Career Change

 By: Jesse Whitehead
Writing a resume for a career change can be a very difficult task, mostly because your previous jobs may not be the kind of experience that your new potential employer is looking for. When you are considering a career change, there are certain things that you can do on your resume that will help you stand out from the rest of the pack.

Highlight Your Experience

The first thing that you can do is to highlight all of the transferable "cross industry" skills you already have, which you can use in a new field or industry. These cross industry skills are those that could be applicable to almost any career.

A good example would be managing people. If you've been in a position where you have had to manage or supervise people working under you, make sure that you highlight this in the summary of your job skills. Another good example is customer service skills. Almost every industry involves some type of customer service, so make sure to highlight this. The same holds true for many other transferable abilities you have that you can use in any career.

Create a Professional Profile

Another thing that you can do is to create a professional profile to start off your resume. In this professional profile, you can highlight all of your cross-industry skills without having to worry about showing your job experience. This is also a very good idea for someone who is just getting out of college and does not have very much professional experience. A lot of the time, potential employers are looking for people with relevant skills and not necessarily relevant job experience.

Don't Neglect Volunteer Work and Community Service

You can also look at other things you have done outside of your work experience that may be relevant. Perhaps you have done some kind of community or volunteer work that may be relevant to the job that you are applying for. For instance, if you have been working in banking but are now applying for a job in nursing, besides your education you may want to highlight any volunteer work that you have done in hospitals or nursing homes.

Focus On What You Have, Not What You Lack

Overall, don't let the lack of the right kind of job experience deter you from seeking a job in a new career field. In addition to your job skills and work experience, you probably have other intangibles that can be an asset for you such as a positive attitude and motivation. Focus on the skills and experience that you have rather than those that you are missing.
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As you will see, by following just a few rules you will be able to craft a compelling resume that instantly sets you up as the perfect candidate for any job you choose to apply for. Moreover, by taking just a little bit of time to customize your resume to the specific company you are applying to (it's easy once you know how), you will make the hiring manager feel like your resume was written just for him/her.
How many resumes do you think an HR Director or hiring manager receives for each job posting they advertise for? Would you guess twenty? Thirty? I hate to break it to you, but if it is a sales position you had better revise your estimate way up. Try over seventy or eighty - and that is just in the first couple of days of posting the job!
By taking just a few minutes to customize a carefully worded cover litter like this, you will instantly become one of candidate that gets a call back. You will be very much in demand and soon you will have your pick of which opportunities to pursue. And having many companies who are interested in hiring you gives you the leverage to ask for and get things like a higher salary, a better commission structure and even a possible hiring bonus.

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