Are you considering changing careers? One of the most daunting things about transitioning into a completely different career is how to approach it. Common questions that may be going through your head include: “Do I have the right skills? What courses, if any, do I need to look into? Are there mandatory qualifications? Who do I approach about these type of jobs?” and finally……. “how do I approach my resume?”
As we all know, your resume is the key to securing interviews. When transitioning into a new career, your resume is even more important as it is an illustration of your experience and where you have gained your skills from. The following are some points that will assist you in preparing your resume for a new career:
Top 5 Career Transition Resume Tips:
✓ Carefully consider the requirements of the types of roles you would like to apply for going forward, and ensure you can demonstrate such skills; highlight these skills throughout your resume
✓ Address the reason why you are interested in pursuing a career change on the first page of your resume, under a title such as “Career Objective” for example
✓ Limit the detail with respect to your responsibilities and achievements of all your jobs, if it is not relevant to the types of jobs you will be applying for
✓ Focus on the value you can add going forward, and emphasise the fact that you are open to learning new things
✓ Accompanying your resume should be a cover letter (1 page maximum) briefly explaining why you are interested in pursuing a new career – and then again on your resume, but in even less detail
× Do not be negative or show that you are not confident in securing a new role within a new industry – steer clear of words such as “lack, disadvantaged, inexperienced,” etc.
× Do not provide too much detail in relation to job responsibilities if they are completely different to the jobs you are applying for
× Do not be afraid to call the contact person responsible for recruiting a position you are interested in to find out more details about the job – this will definitely help you with positioning your resume!
× Do not put your education and qualifications on the first page of your resume if they are completely irrelevant
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