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Switching career paths

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You've finally decided to make the big move. You've have decided to switch career paths to follow the vocation of your dreams. Congratulations on your decision! Now that you've decided to follow your dream, you may be asking, how do I get there? How do I create a resume that will lead to an interview with the experience that I have? One of the biggest mistakes people make when switching careers is using the same old resume that they used from their previous career. What they need to do is rewrite their resume to reflect and highlight their qualifications and experience that pertains to their new sought-after career, by including their transferable skills.

Switching career paths

You've finally decided to make the big move. You've have decided to switch career paths to follow the vocation of your dreams. Congratulations on your decision! Now that you've decided to follow your dream, you may be asking, how do I get there? How do I create a resume that will lead to an interview with the experience that I have? One of the biggest mistakes people make when switching careers is using the same old resume that they used from their previous career. What they need to do is rewrite their resume to reflect and highlight their qualifications and experience that pertains to their new sought-after career, by including their transferable skills.

It's especially important when creating this type of resume to keep your mind focused on the goal, and that goal is to show the person reading your resume that although you may not have the on-the-job experience that some other applicants have, you do possess the skills, capabilities, and personal qualities needed to make you the best fit. Try to look through the eyes of the employer. Look at your resume and then ask yourself a question: Why would you hire you? Of course, before you can answer this question, you must know what the employer needs and wants.

You need to do some homework and know what's important to the employer before you can convince the employer that you have what it takes to meet those needs. First, get on the Internet and start looking at as many job openings and job descriptions as you can that are specific to your goal that are listed on resume banks. From your findings, create a spreadsheet listing the employer's wants and needs based on your particular target career. Then create a second column listing your matching qualifications and experience.

Try to match as many items as possible by using the skills and experience that you've developed over the years that may be relevant to your new career. Be sure to include classes you've taken, seminars you've attended, even volunteer work as long as it pertains to your goal, and your goal is to convince the employer that your background and skills give you exactly what it takes to get the job done. Be sure to cross-reference as many job requirements as possible with the career you're presently in.

If you need more information on transferable skills, see the movies on targeting your resume and entering the workforce. As far as the best format to choose, when switching careers, either choose a Combination Chrono-Functional resume format or the Functional resume format. Be sure to watch both of these movies to make the best decision for your particular circumstances. The Reverse Chronological format will most probably not will be a good format for you to use. Since you're switching careers, the headline will be very important for you.

Your headline needs to not only include your job target, but also the main benefit of hiring you for that position. Remember, your headline is not an objective. An objective tells the employer what you want. It's especially important for someone switching careers to spell out clearly and concisely what you can offer the employer. What transferable skills do you possess that will make you perfect for this position and meet the objective of the employer? Use your headline to convey this information.

For example, if you are a teacher seeking to transition into corporate training, your headline might read, 'highly effective teacher with a proven ability to motivate and mentor students seeking to utilize 12 years of experience to transition into corporate training. Keep in mind when writing your resume that your old job title is not what's important. What is important is the experience you can take with you, the skills you've learned, education, training, degrees, courses, and certificates that pertain to the career you are seeking.

If your degree was in this field or if you returned to school and just completed your education, include the Education section before your Professional Experience. You may consider adding a section called Related Experience, which would include any volunteer work, courses, seminars, or any type of experience you've gained that may pertain to your new sought-after career. How you gain related experience in transferable skills? Take a proactive approach. Volunteer to gain experience to be added to your resume. Join networking groups and job associations. Industry conferences and trade shows.

Keep a list or database of all of the contacts you meet while doing this, and also keep up to date with industry and technological developments. Join chat rooms, blogging web sites, and be sure to learn the industry jargon. Go back to school or take courses on lynda.com.

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Creating an Effective Resume

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  1. 3m 51s
    1. Welcome
      1m 23s
    2. Using the exercise files
      54s
    3. Filling out the career management worksheet
      1m 34s
  2. 29m 13s
    1. Creating a marketing campaign
      2m 50s
    2. Discovering your dream job
      3m 39s
    3. Understanding the importance of keywords
      2m 14s
    4. Finding essential keywords
      6m 34s
    5. Incorporating action verbs
      4m 51s
    6. Getting results using PAR statements
      4m 40s
    7. Researching the employer
      4m 25s
  3. 37m 2s
    1. Targeting your resume
      7m 16s
    2. Sidestepping blunders and the "10-Second Screen-Out"
      5m 44s
    3. Deciding on resume length
      6m 29s
    4. Keeping your resume concise
      5m 23s
    5. Refreshing your resume
      4m 52s
    6. Critiquing your resume
      3m 31s
    7. Avoiding identity theft
      3m 47s
  4. 21m 14s
    1. Entering the workforce
      7m 48s
    2. Filling in employment gaps
      5m 21s
    3. Dealing with long-term employment
      3m 9s
    4. Switching career paths
      4m 56s
  5. 12m 38s
    1. Understanding resume jargon
      1m 27s
    2. Reverse chronological
      2m 25s
    3. Functional
      6m 11s
    4. Combined chrono-functional
      2m 35s
  6. 7m 1s
    1. Understanding the curriculum vitae (CV)
      3m 29s
    2. Working with online resumes and portfolios
      3m 32s
  7. 41m 23s
    1. Formatting fundamentals for your resume
      6m 39s
    2. Including (or not including) an objective
      4m 10s
    3. Creating a headline
      5m 1s
    4. Writing a qualifications summary
      4m 47s
    5. Showcasing achievements vs. listing job duties
      5m 31s
    6. Including technical information
      5m 22s
    7. Putting your education to work
      4m 41s
    8. Including awards, honors, and other information
      5m 12s
  8. 19m 1s
    1. Knowing which file format is best
      2m 10s
    2. Saving to earlier versions of Word
      2m 48s
    3. Saving as a PDF
      5m 27s
    4. Creating a RTF version
      3m 54s
    5. Saving to HTML format
      4m 42s
  9. 15m 9s
    1. Evaluating online resume banks
      5m 32s
    2. Writing effective names for resume banks
      3m 43s
    3. Double-checking formatting after uploading
      2m 45s
    4. Becoming too visible
      3m 9s
  10. 21m 45s
    1. Creating a cover letter
      7m 47s
    2. Compiling your references
      4m 35s
    3. Writing thank-you notes
      5m 38s
    4. Printing, copying, and the importance of paper
      3m 45s
  11. 52s
    1. Goodbye
      52s

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