Writing a resume is never easy, but if you’re looking to change careers, it can be especially challenging. How do you present your experience so that a hiring manager will take a chance on you?
Over on Business Insider, Jacquelyn Smith and Skye Gould share an example of a resume created by The Ladders for someone looking to transition from HR to sales. They also outline what makes the template useful for job seekers looking to change careers.
Of course, what you put on your resume depends on the job itself. Additionally, what hiring managers like to see varies from hiring manager to hiring manager. However, there are a few things that stand out:
1. There’s a summary that outlines experience and new career goals. Summaries are replacing objectives as a great place to highlight relevant skills, strengths, and experiences so that the hiring manager can see what you have to offer.
2. Accomplishments are listed, not just duties. Accomplishments demonstrate that you can successfully do the job you’re applying for by letting a hiring manager see your past successes.
Helpful resource: How to add accomplishments to your resume.
3. The language used and the skills/accomplishments highlighted relate to sales. You want to make it as easy as possible for a hiring manager to see how you are qualified for a particular role. Therefore, it’s helpful to make your transferable skills clear and to use the lingo of your new chosen field.
Helpful resources: Nonprofit speak 101 and skills to include on your resume when changing jobs.
Also, one thing that’s missing that could be helpful for those looking to break into the nonprofit sector is volunteer experience. Volunteering can help you learn about a new field and build new skills, so it never hurts to include those experiences when relevant.
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by Allison Jones