"Your Career Change Resume
- First Impressions Matter”

Your career change resume should include certain elements and keywords that encourage you to get the interview. That is the key. Jump forward with the best resume for a career change. You can determine how you want your prospective employer to perceive you.

Let’s go over these key items.

Develop the right resume for career change.  Re-word to sell your skills.Make Your Story Match Their Needs

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Know What You Want And What You May Get 
— Define Your Target

Considerations for your career change resume.

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There is something you should do before you even think about writing a resume. The first and the most important step in your career change process is to understand what you new career entails.  Do your due diligence!  Find out as much as you can about the career.  Sure, you will research online to get an overview.  But a direct conversation with a knowledgeable individual will yield more.  Ask your questions and get answers to dig deep into your new career.

Career Redo can help you to learn the good, the bad, and the intricate elements of the industry, field, career or path that you want to take.  Spend and hour or so with your Mentor and learn more quickly.

The terminology or jargon used in everyday settings are very important.  You may want to focus your Mentor discussion in that area to give you a base upon which to build.

Such terminology is key in the developing the best career change resume.  It should attract attention and signifies you have the knowledge base to be a player.

Ask questions to your Mentor about what it feels like to be a __(fill in the blank)__.  Find out what a typical day would bring in that new career.  Ask which skills are most transferable from your prior career.  Which are most sought after in the new field.  A Mentor may help you find industry publication or blogs to delve deeper into that field.

Present Yourself As An Insider -

Figure out how you can show that you have the skills and experience for your new field.  Consider how you can translate your abilities into those that are needed in this new role. Where do they align?

Your focus is to re-brand yourself to match the needs of the hiring manager.  Use language, data, skill sets, format and creativity to get the interview.

Career Change Resume Design / Presentation

There is so much to cover in this section.  Let’s touch on some of the most critical.  Decide on format to use.  Options are functional, chronological, or combination functional and chronological.  Frequently, the combination format is most beneficial for a career change resume.

Identify a clear career goal at the top of your resume page.

Focus on your accomplishments and skills that are most relevant to the new career.  You should repackage your experience into terminology that your hiring manager understands. Use the jargon that your researched with your Mentor.

Quantify your contributions and achievements.  Be sure they stand out from the text in the resume, by using a table or graph.

Since a well designed resume is critical, you should consider using a professional resume writer.  That person can draw out all your talents.  The writer can communicate them in the appropriate form, manner and technique.   This will give you the best chance to for the interviewer to select you.

To get a better idea of things to consider for a resume for a writer, click here.

You may want to look over the suggestions in a Reader’s Digest article on other things career changers need on their resume.

Leave Out

There are items that you should NOT present in your resume. 

  • Do not use terminology from an earlier career.  Find a way to re-word and re-position your skills and accomplishments to match the new career.

  • Leave out unnecessary or irrelevant information.

  • Do not insert too much detail.

  • Prevent it from being too long.  Be concise


Your resume sells what you have to offer.  Present it in the best light by truly understanding your new career.  This could be your own career redo.  Sign up to reserve your Mentor to get you started.

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