Career Change Résumés
Résumé writing can be tricky at the best of
times, but what if you are changing career? Creating an effective career change resume is a big challenge.When all
of your work experience relates to a different field from the one you want to get in to, creating a resume which
will convince an employer you are the right person for the job is tough.
So, how do you write a professional resume aimed at an area you've never worked in
The answer is that you write a skills based resume, ,that is, ,you don't list your
jobs in chronological order as you would do if you were looking for something similar to your present post.
Instead, when you are creating a career change resume, you need to focus on what you can offer the employer, rather
than on your previous jobs.
Of course, some of the skills and experience gained in your previous jobs will be
highly relevant to the new position, but it's up to you to extract that information and present it in a way which
shows the employer right away that you can do the job.
The first step is to read the job description and determine exactly what the
employers are looking for. Make a list of the main skills and experience they are after and focus on the essentials
first. Now you need to match these skills with your own and you need to find experience which is
If you have any problems with this, you should think about why they are asking for
certain experiences. Some will be obvious - if they want you to be able to use a certain software program, that's a
skill you need. However, if they want someone who is a good team player, there are many different situations in
which you could have gained the necessary skills.
Find the most important skills and create 3 or 4 headings which cover them all.
Under each heading give an example of several related skills. So for example, using the heading Communication
Skills, you could use written communication such as report writing, presentations given to groups of people and one
to one oral communications as three examples. Be as detailed as you can in the examples and give numbers and
percentages if you can.
If you have relevant work experience, you can use that as another heading and list
the jobs which relate to the new post. Otherwise, you can have a brief list of employers towards the end of your
The important thing is to identify what the employer wants and make sure you give
plenty of strong examples at the top of the page or on the first page if you create a 2 page resume.
Writing a career change resume takes a bit of thought but it is not difficult if
you follow this system.