By | Erica Breuer | www.themuse.com
You’d like an engaging new job and—here’s the kicker—you want it in a totally new field. As a career coach, former tech recruiter, and certified professional resume writer, I’ve helped more than 500 job seekers update their resumes and land jobs. (I’ve also sat on the other side of the table as a hiring manager, too.) More often than not, the people I work with want me to show them how to create materials that’ll help them change careers.
How do I help them go about it? Those of us who geek out over resumes use the term transferable skills. In a nutshell, it’s a tactic that lets you take the exact same experience and make it sound relevant to multiple industries.
It’s absolutely doable, but you’ve got to be strategic about it. Selling yourself as an undeniable fit—especially when you lack the same experience as your competition—means explaining where you’ve been, based on where you want to go.
The best way to understand it is to look at examples. So, I’m going to show you how to flip one sales resume so it’d work for positions in five other fields: