If you are thinking about making a career change to a new profession, one of the most challenging things you will need to do is write a career change resume. Even for professional resume writers, career change resumes are among the most challenging to write.

Your resume should demonstrate how your experience relates to the employer’s needs. The problem is that career changers often lack direct experience in the field they hope to break into. For example, suppose you have worked as a computer programmer for the past 15 years, but now you hope to land a marketing position. How would you write a resume to demonstrate that you meet the qualifications for the position when you have never done it?

But challenging or not, a well-written, persuasive career change resume is essential for almost all successful career changes. It might feel a lot like taking a leap of faith and it might even make you feel like recent graduate but as long as you’re armed with the right resume, the transition can be a piece of cake. Here are some broad tips:

🔘Focus on using a combination of chronological and functional resume format.  This format places equal emphasis on skills and important work experience.

🔘Use a resume objective or summary as both of these sections explain why you’re the best person for the job and act as a preview to the rest of your resume.

🔘Competencies and transferable skills is a must-have section for just about any career change resume, it puts more emphasis on your skill-set, as opposed to your work experience. This allows you to show how you’re a qualified candidate, even though you haven’t done the job before.

🔘When listing your previous jobs, think of some transferable skills that you bring to the table that are going to be relevant.

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