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Career Transition: 5 Important Resume Tips

2 Dec, 2013

Career Transition: 5 Important Resume Tips

To best sell yourself to any employer, a strong, relevant resume is key. When transitioning to a completely different industry, it can be difficult to figure out how to show the employer that your previous experience is valuable. Luckily, you have a few different options.

Play Up Your Education. If you decided to go back to school for a different field, great! Show the employer your new degree, courses, relevant projects, and new skills.

Focus on Transferrable Skills. Transferrable skills are skills that apply to any job, like being a good communicator or being able to work well in a team. You can use transferrable skills to show how your previous employment has given you skills you can use in your new field.

Highlight Relevant Experience. Any relevant experience counts! Whether you have volunteered, interned, or otherwise participated in your field, be sure to emphasize that on the resume. Expand upon these sections and add them closer to the top of the resume. You can even split your most relevant experience into a “Relevant Experience” section and have everything else listed under an “Other Experience” section listed further down the page.

De-Emphasize Previous Industry Terminology. In your previous experience, try to use terminology that is more general or, better still, is related to the industry you are transitioning to. This helps create the link between your old experience and your new job goal.

Remove or Limit Older Experience. If you feel comfortable and the jobs are no longer relevant, you can delete the oldest jobs from your resume. Or, if you can transition some of the experience, leave it on, but limit the number of bullet points you keep on that job.

Transitioning your experience to a new field can be challenging, but once you think outside the box a little bit, you will be amazed what other experience can be made into related experience.

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Laura Gonzalez

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