If you have decided that it is time to switch careers, then it is time to switch up your resume as well. Using the same resume that got you your previous job will probably not work in your new career journey. While there are elements that will stay the same, you will need to make some necessary adjustments as well.
One concern that many job seekers changing careers have is that they lack experience in their new field. Their previous work experience is based on their former career. However, that does not mean you cannot put together a strong resume that elevates your chance of being called for an interview. Throughout your career you have most likely acquired diverse skills that are applicable to the positions you are applying for. It is a matter of knowing how to position yourself and highlight these essentials.
Make the most of your summary of qualifications. This opening section is your first chance to make yourself stand out and showcase your strengths. Zero in on what makes you a strong fit for the position. Since the content is not tied to a specific previous job, look at the skills you have acquired as a whole. Pick out the most appealing qualities that align with what the company is seeking in a candidate.
Emphasize accomplishments with relevant results. You can still showcase your accomplishments in your previous field, but tie them to your new career. This may require shifting the details you provide to focus on a different aspect of the project. Perhaps instead of outlining the sales techniques you used to land a deal, instead, point out the strategic planning involved or negotiation skills. Metrics are still valuable as they show quantifiable results, but you may have to pare down what you include to make it more meaningful to the position.
Highlight transferable skills. Regardless of your past positions, you have almost certainly developed transferable skills that will apply to your new career. These could include things such as problem solving, customer service, analysis, strategic planning, management, and much more. Use these skills to market yourself to a potential employer. How will they benefit you in your new role and how have you capitalized on them in the past?
Volunteer experience is still experience. Just because you are not getting paid for the work you are doing, do not discredit its value on your resume. Volunteering can allow you to gain skills and experience in your new field of choice. It shows that you have a vested interest and are involved in the industry. Demonstrate your abilities through the projects you completed as a volunteer and your accomplishments.
Include education and training. If you recently completed a new degree or training program, bump this section up toward the top of your resume. This will show employers that you possess the knowledge necessary and have engaged in relevant training. It can also help to show why your direct experience is limited without coming right out and saying it. But how you position you past work experience will help to further support your qualifications.
If you are ready to make the switch and start a new career, the team at Chic Resumes can help to revamp your resume, highlight your strengths in your field of choice, and use your past experience and current knowledge and skills to elevate your chances of landing an interview. To get started, contact Chic Resumes today by calling (803) 831-7444 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.