“A career change resume should address the worker’s previous employment. The career change resume will be the first contact with a prospective employer and should demonstrate the worker’s history and skills. Applicable jobs experience whether volunteer or paid and interests in related topics or activities should all be taken into account in the resume.
Personal attributes that will enhance the workers standing with the prospective employer should be listed in the career change resume.
Because the worker has had a previous career, they will automatically have some skills and experience essential to gaining employment.
The career change resume is where the worker can show previous work habits and awards. Punctuality, honesty, team work, ability to work alone and the ability to think on their feet can be demonstrated through previous interests and work experience. Activities beyond the workplace can show skills that will apply to a new career. Interests in groups, support groups, contacts, networks, sporting clubs or associations will be great to list in the career change resume. Any activity that shows an interest in the new field will help create an overall picture of the worker and give the prospective employer an understanding of why the worker has chosen to change careers.
The first item on a career change resume is the name and address of the applicant. Status and personal details will follow before the history of employment is addressed.
It is in the history that the worker will find the career change resume offers them scope to paint a picture of their particular skills and attributes that will make them employable in a new field. All work experience need not be listed if it does not deal with the skills needed for the career change. A resume is not as detailed as a CV. It is still a good idea to list exactly what each job entailed. An in depth job description is desirable to give the prospective employer a better understanding of how each job is relevant to the new career.
After listing all the job experiences that are going to help in the new type of career, the resume will list interests and organizations the worker is affiliated with. These can impress a new employer. List interests that are relevant to the new career. Others can be left off the resume. List skills developed through these activities where they are gong to show relevance for the new field of work. A career change resume should give the employer an overall feeling of the worker’s dedication, skill levels, willingness to improve and learn, and work ethics.
The career change resume will conclude with references and or a list of referees the employer can contact. These should reflect the interest in the new career, but good references in any career or previous employment will show the worker is reliable and worth employing.”