Resumes

Your resume is another tool to connect with a recruiter, but a big challenge you may face is persuading recruiters that your career change is relevant.

Darke’s book ‘The 30-Second Impact Resume’ provides information on how to restructure your resume, and when it comes to changing careers, he points out that the most important thing is to get the message across as to why you want to make a change.

“If you can't make a convincing case for changing your career, then it will be difficult to even make the interview, as employers or recruiters will often look for people with experience,” he says.

“Of course it helps your case if you can bring some skills with you from your previous role. However, if you're changing from being a mechanic to becoming, say, a payroll assistant, then there's not much you can bring with you.”

So how can you make the ‘why’ clear on your resume? Darke says the best place to do this is in the summary at the top of your resume. Have a look at these examples.

Here are a few other points to keep in mind to ensure your resume stands out:

  • Theme

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    Find a theme between your old and existing career to help explain your new direction. For example, if you’re going for a sales position, include in your resume any sales elements that you have had at your previous role.

  • Clear

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    Less is more, so keep your resume simple. Use a clear template and make sure the text is easy to read.

  • Short and concise

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    Only include what is relevant to the job you are going for. If you include too much, this may take focus away from your key achievements.

  • Summary

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    Include a short objective statement which summarises your cover letter.

  • Sell yourself

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    Focus on your skills as these are easily transferrable to all industries and positions. Include information about your previous experience, mention your accomplishments and show how these relate to your new career.

  • Keywords

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    Read through the job description again and try and include keywords from it in your resume.

  • Check

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    Check that there are no spelling mistakes. You could always ask someone else to read it for you. You should also not use any abbreviations or industry specific words that your recruiter may not understand.

Ready to create your resume? Head to this resume writing guide for more tips and information.

Resume Writing Guide