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When you’re in the midst of switching careers, you may feel a bit concerned about just how you can show that you are qualified for a new position with your old skills.  Although it’s true that you may not have all of the qualifications a company is seeking, you probably have some great transferable skills.

What are transferable skills?  These are skills that can be transferred from your old career to the new one.  The key is in identifying these skills so that you can add them to your resume.  Here are some tips for getting this done:

1. Read the Job Posting Carefully

First and foremost, it’s a good idea to sit down and really take a good look at the job posting to see what it is the employer is looking for in a candidate.  Most job postings are fairly thorough, giving you a good idea of what you should bring to the table.  Look at what they want from you, then think back through your job experiences to determine what aligns with their goals.

2. Make the Most of Close Matches

If you are trying to find ways to show that you’re qualified for a position although you have no background in the field, you could benefit greatly from close matches.  For instance, if you’re a former travel agent and are now applying for an executive assistant position, make the most of your ability to understand booking flights since doing so for your new boss is one of the requirements of the job.

3. Try to Find Someone Who Works/Worked in the Position

In addition to looking at a job description, it’s good to check through resume sites or LinkedIn to see if you can pinpoint the person who worked in the position before you.  If they’ve left their resume open to the public, you have a great opportunity to gain insight into what the position entails and how your current skills relate to what the company is looking for.

4. Ask People in the New Field for Help

Take advantage of your networking skills to connect with people in your new field via LinkedIn or other networks.  Find out which skills they need for their jobs, and ask how your current skills could apply to a new position.

5. Look for Skills Outside of Work

Your volunteer efforts and personal hobbies could help you immensely as you look for skills that apply to a new position.  For example, volunteering as a Girl Scouts troop leader could make you a great salesperson because you’re not only a leader but have the ability to sell some mean cookies!

Many people have switched fields over the course of their career—and you can too.  By identifying the right skills to add to each resume you write, you can help place a greater focus on why you’re qualified for the job—and less on the fact that you have little background in the field.

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Jessica Hernandez, President, CEO & Founder of Great Resumes Fast

Hi, I’m Jessica. I started this company back in 2008 after more than a decade directing hiring practices at Fortune 500 companies.

What started as a side hustle (before that was even a word!) helping friends of friends with their resumes has now grown into a company that serves hundreds of happy clients a year. But the personal touch? I’ve kept that.

You might have seen me featured as a resume expert in publications like Forbes, Fast Company, and Fortune. And in 2020, I was honored to be named as a LinkedIn Top Voice of the year!

I’m so glad you’re here, and I can’t wait to help you find your next perfect-fit position!


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