If you have finally made up your mind that you are changing jobs, then it's time that you let everyone know about it. One of the first things you should take into consideration is how you could update or freshen up your resume so that it would reflect all the changes you have in your career goals.
One big concern for career changers is what they need to indicate in the "experience" category in their resume. Of course, this is crucial because as a career changer, you would not necessarily have the exact background or work experience that companies are looking for. Nevertheless, this isn't something you should be worried about. The key is for you to develop a narrative that is persuasive enough to convince potential employers that your current skills are a perfect match to what is needed in the job or industry as a whole.
Follow these guidelines:
Start from the beginning. If you are thinking of creating a resume you will use for your career change by copying some parts of your old resume, forget about it. It is always better that you start fresh, because anyway, this is a new chapter in your life. Remember that for every formatting that you do, and whatever words you use, your ultimate goal is to try to convince the hiring manager that while you may seem like a risk for them, you are all worth it.
Let your resume show your knowledge of the industry. It is very unlikely that you became interested in this new industry all of a sudden. In general, those who decide to change careers have been thinking of their new industry for quite some time already. Therefore, it is possible that you have done some research about this industry. Well, your resume should reflect how familiar you are with the new industry already.
Emphasize your transferable skills. Choose a resume format that will highlight the important transferable skills that you possess. This is important because you will not have yet the exact skills employers are looking for from anyone applying for a job in a certain industry.
Market yourself long enough. If this is the first time you are doing a career transition, it is very likely that you have very low confidence and self-esteem. That's natural, but make sure that it doesn't show on your resume. Keep in mind that although you lack the experience in this new industry, you have determination and commitment to becoming a good member of this workforce. This is what your resume should say about you.
Cecile Peterkin is a Certified Career, Life Coach and Speaker. She is also author of The Career Athlete - The Elite guide for career success. Visit us at Cosmic Coaching Centre
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