Career Transition

How To Write A Career Change Resume

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Whether you’re transitioning into a more senior role within your current industry, or switching gears entirely, your resume is your strongest (and most challenging) asset.

Here’s how to emphasize your relevant transferable skills and stand out from the other applicants with your career change resume:

Connect the dots

Avoid the dreaded “delete” button by connecting the dots for the hiring manager. Always write with the audience in mind. Don’t make them wonder how to fit a square peg into a round hole – they can’t (and won’t) in the 10 seconds your resume sees the light of day.

Focus on transferable skills

Remove technical language and acronyms that won’t be relevant for the new role and add in other experience that wasn’t important before – volunteer work, internships, courses, etc. Emphasizing your transferable skills helps you convince the reader that you really HAVE done this job…it was just called something different.

Take inventory

Read the job description carefully for keywords and then inventory your skills and strengths (get professional help if you have trouble.)  You need to match your background with those keywords and incorporate into your resume.

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About the Author

Gayle Rigione is Ivy Exec’s Chief Community Development Officer. Gayle spent 15 years in diverse relationship management and senior management roles at MasterCard International, Arthur Andersen Strategic Services, and Bankers Trust Company. She earned her MBA from Columbia.