Resume Your Way to a New Career – Getting Started

Hey guys! I’m so excited about this blog series on resume sections that usually aren’t discussed in depth: the Career Summary, Key Skills, and Achievements sections. These sections should serve as highlighters of your career experience and skills. Consider them “career captions” in that they each describe your career and jobs in short snippets. But before we get to those sections, I’m going to talk about how to get started on tailoring your resume to reflect the pivot that you’re making in your career.

Let’s be real. A resume is essentially a sales document. It’s your opportunity to unabashedly sell your knowledge, skills, and expertise. This is NOT the time to be shy or humble. Show our prospective employer what you’ve done and how you can be an asset to their company. It’s the time to werk it!  But before you can werk it, you have to work it. Meaning that it’s going to take some work to not only update your resume but also tailor it  to match the career change that you’re making.

One of the first things that I tell people to do when they’re revamping their resumes to reflect a career pivot is to write down a list of ALL of their experiences. It doesn’t matter if the experience was paid or not. When I talk to people about their career change resumes, one of the things I hear most frequently is “But that doesn’t count.” Nope! If you think that, you’re wrong. Experience is experience.  Whether the experience is through your job or through volunteer work, write it down on your list.

You can make the list in a couple different ways. Some people like to make a simple list and then go back and fill what they did in each position. Others like to make a list of the positions and fill out the details as they go. No matter what method you use, make you include every paid and unpaid work experience, certification, and course that you have had in the last 10 years.

Next, look at a position description for the type of job that you’re interested in. Mark all of the experiences that could be relevant to performing that position’s duties.

In the next post in this series, I’ll talk about how to start editing your current resume to include the “new” experiences and skills that you marked on your list.

Until then….. happy listing!

 

 

 

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