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Here’s How Your CV Can Help Changing Your Career

When you are sure that you are ready for a career change, see here how your CV can make the process easier.


Focus on “transferrable skills”

Everyone gathers skills as they proceed through their working life; some are learnt and some just come naturally.

When changing careers you need to identify which of your skills are “transferrable”. By this we mean which of your skills would be useful and adaptable in your new career. These cross-over skills are the skills that you need to highlight in your CV along with any relevant experience.

Examples of transferrable skills include people skills, basic computer skills, project management skills etc.; these can be applied to virtually any situation and any industry. On the other hand, if you’re an airline pilot, it’s unlikely than being able to land a 767 in a blizzard would be a relevant skill if you decide to work in a bank.

Think carefully about what skills you’ll require in your new career (look at some job advertisements for inspiration) and then compare them to what you have. Ensure that these skills feature prominently in your Personal Statement. Maybe you should consider using a Functional or Hybrid CV Template from JobCred, which will really help you to highlight your skills over your work experience.


Don’t leave any doubt about your intentions

Your Personal Statement should leave no doubt about your intentions for changing career. As well as including a summary of your key transferrable skills and key achievements, you need to state your next planned career step, along with a short explanation of why you’re making this move. The worst case scenario is that you omit this statement and the reader thinks you have applied for the wrong position.


Get experience wherever you can

If you have zero experience in the area into which you want to move, we recommend that you start getting experience wherever possible. Depending on your timeframe this may not be realistic but it can be a major factor in increasing your chances of success.

Getting this initial experience may involve doing some part time, weekend, or voluntary work, just to get some exposure. Ensure that you include all relevant experience on your CV either in your Personal Statement or your Work History; commitment like this is a major plus when a potential employer is reviewing your CV.

Don’t fabricate experience as you will be found out. Not only could you be dismissed for lying during the application process, but you risk being placed into a role that is above your level. This can only end in disaster as your abilities will be in serious doubt and you won’t be given the normal “learning curve” allowances that beginners always receive.


Relevant information only please…
and get your message straight

Deliver only one message to your reader – you want to change careers. If you send out conflicting messages, such as stating that you want to change career and then focussing solely on your current career, you risk creating the impression of someone who’s not 100% committed.

It is especially important when preparing your CV to ensure that you omit irrelevant information and summarise less-relevant information. This may drastically shorten your CV, but bear in mind that a reader is unlikely to read through paragraphs of irrelevant information anyway. Better short and relevant, than long and not read.

Concentrate particularly on what’s relevant to your new career and summarise irrelevant information if necessary. You can always discuss this summarised information during the interview if your potential employer is interested.


What next?

As you can see from the above, your new “changing career CV” will be quite different to your normal CV.

JobCred allows you to build and manage multiple CVs, and to create new CVs reusing components from existing CVs. This means you can have a great up-to-date CV tailored to your current career path, whilst also maintaining a customised CV for your new career.

Our unique functionality will make the entire process of creating your new CV incredibly easy, so update your profile now and create your new CV… make that career change happen!

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