Putting things into perspective…• Where did you come from?• Where are you going?• Plan!
Where did you come from?• Job titles• Skills• Achievements
Where are you going?• Related positions/fields• Transferrable skills• Dreams & Goals• Sometimes this is the hardest part
Career Plan• Do some research• Careers – www.Iseek.org – www.Careerinfonet.com• Companies – Websites – LinkedIn
Bridging the Gap• Know your Personal Brand• Network – Thought Leader – Add value – Innovator – Be adaptive
Cover Letters for Career Change• Will be different than what you have done in the past• Cover Letters – Honesty – Transferrable Skills – Add Value – Passion and Commitment
Cover Letter• Honesty – Don’t try to disguise their work experience or pretend that it is more relevant than it is – Focus on the positive aspects of your career change • After six years in ad design, I’m thrilled to bring my skills and knowledge directly to the customer as a salesperson.
Cover Letters• Transferrable Skills – Bread and butter of a career change – Be sure to talk about skills the employer values, not just the ones you value – Which ones should you focus on? • Position description
Cover Letters• Add Value – Don’t waste too much time explaining why you want to change careers – Instead, show how you bring value to your potential employer • Why would hiring you be good for them ? – Your unique background – Bring something fresh to the team
Cover Letters• Passion and Commitment – Show your passion! – They want to be sure you are serious about the new profession, not just flighty and undecided • They are going to wonder about your stability/longevity – Have a strong, clear reason why you want to enter this new career – and why you will be dedicated to it • Get personal (appropriately)… show your passion!
Resumes• The focus will change• Try a different format• Sell transferrable skills• Highlight related experience
Keep in mind…• Stats show that people will change their careers 7-10 times in their lives – More opportunities now – Change happens FAST – Jobs are being created as well as eliminated