5 Ways To Prepare For A Career Change
HR professionals are starting to see a trend. The latest generation of workers will typically only stay at a job for 3 years, and over the course of their lives, will hold about 15-20 different careers.
At Elarie, we are seeing more and more of our clients coming to us for resume creation, not necessarily because they're having trouble finding a job, but because they're making a career change and don't know where to start.
As with any resume, bringing out the best of your accomplishments, qualities, and skills are always critical to showcase. However, when it comes to changing careers, you may think that all of those areas don't transfer to a new position - and worry you're going to have to start over completely.
It's time to boost up that self-confidence because you have transferrable skills! Don't think your experience in sales has transferrable qualities that make you a great teacher candidate? Think again!
Now, unfortunately there are no one-size-fits-all set of rules for creating career changing resumes. At Elarie, we take each of our clients unique situations, desires and goals, into careful consideration, when crafting the perfect resume.
We believe that your unique set of skills has not only lead you to your interest in a career change, but has set you up to become prepared.
Don't get discouraged when it comes to changing careers. Your talents and abilities transfer over, and we have a few tricks up our sleeve to help you navigate those doubts!
Bring Back the Summary
You've probably heard that a 'profile' or 'summary' section on your resume is completely useless these days, and to save this information for your cover letter. While we usually agree with this advice, when it comes to career changes, it may be necessary to give recruiters and hiring managers a quick head's up into what they're about to look at. If you've spent your entire career in the medical field, but are now venturing into marketing, a sentence or two about why that is may be the difference between someone throwing out your resume or adding it to their interview pile.
Show Results not Descriptions
When you're looking at a job description online, you're reading through details to consider if these are tasks and assignments you'd be able to do (or even willing to do). When a hiring manager is looking through your resume, they're looking to see if you've accomplished enough in your professional life to be qualified for the position. So why would you just list out your basic duties and assignments - just like an online job description? You shouldn't! Job descriptions on your resume are your time to shine! Maybe in your last sales job you made cold calls to prospective clients every day. How many of those resulted in sales? When you can quantify your results on your resume, you've already given yourself a huge advantage on an application.
Remove Irrelevant Information
We completely understand the desire to want to list every single thing that you've ever professionally accomplished on your resume, but when it comes to transferring skills, it may be time to trim out excess details. Think of your resume almost as a little longer answer to the popular interview question - "Tell me about yourself?" You only have a certain amount of time, and attention span, to highlight the best of the best. If you're looking at a previous job - and while amazing as it may have been - if it doesn't bring out the best of what you need to showcase, remove it.
Highlight Your Skills Section
When we're talking about transferrable skills, we're not just considering your job descriptions. The skills section on your resume needs to be a primary focus! Hiring managers who are not familiar with your previous job titles or industry, need something to catch their eye that will make them consider you for an interview. This is where we find job descriptions for new positions extremely important. We're always doing research into our client's career fields, to make sure that recruiters and HR professionals know that this applicant means business!
Formatting is Key
Once we've gone through job descriptions, your original resume, and your desired outcomes, it's time for us to find the right formatting. We live in a world where first impressions are key, and yes - sometimes, the most appealing stand out. For example, you may be used to placing your educational credits at the top of your resume, but what if your background doesn't apply to your new job? It's important to keep the best details at the top! When it comes to crafting a career changing resume, placement of your skills is crucial. This is why each and every Elarie resume is formatted with YOU in mind!