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What to Showcase When You’re Transitioning Careers

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
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POSTED: October 11, 2011 at 11:25 am

Many in today’s job market have had to reinvent themselves in order to apply for positions in growth industries such as healthcare.

Perhaps you had your start in sales or accounting but are now looking for a position in a new field. What do you showcase on your resume when your past experience is in a completely different industry?

1. First and foremost, place your Education and Training in the new field above Professional Experience rather than below it. Be certain that you include coursework studied in your new field. Did you receive an internship in it? Include that. Was your GPA 3.5 or higher? Be certain you state that on your resume. Were you involved in any special projects that prove you excelled in this new field? List details of that in the Education section.

2. Include only those tasks and accomplishments in your Professional Experience that will dovetail toward your new goal. If you were a whiz with details in your accounting career, play that up if you’re moving into healthcare, IT or any other field that requires meticulous attention to detail. Although the career paths are different, how you handled daily stats, etc. will prove to a hiring manager that you’ll be equally responsible in your new position.

3. Never state in your resume or cover letter that you have no experience in the new field. That’s opening with a negative rather than a positive. Play up what you do know, what you have done/accomplished and how it translates well to the new field. Highlight your education and training in the new industry. Play to your strengths, not your weaknesses.

Moving from one industry/career to another is never easy. However, you can prove to the hiring manager that you have what it takes in the new field if you organize your resume according to what the new company needs and your ability to accomplish it.

Darlene Z.

Darlene Zambruski is a resume writing expert and CPRW (Certified Professional Resume Writer) with more than 13 years of industry experience. She has authored 10,000+ resumes in every industry and at every career level.

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