CHANGING CAREERS / JUL. 12, 2016
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5 Skills to Include on Your Resume When Changing Jobs

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Changing careers can be difficult however creating a resume that can highlight your key skills, can make it easier. These are the skills to talk about.       

If you have decided to change careers, then you know what the next step is; create a resume that will help you with this transition. In case you didn’t know, there are different types of resumes depending on what you are looking for. They have some differences in the way you write about your skills as well as how you promote yourself.

When working on your resume, it’s important to talk about those skills that relate to the industry you are trying to get into. This is to help make it as relevant to the position as possible. If this field has nothing to do with the one you are now, then your transferable skills are your safest bet because these can help you get the job.

See Also: How to Change Your Resume So You Can Change Careers

These are the skills you need to highlight on your resume when changing careers.

1. You Are a Go-Getter

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Changing careers isn’t for the fainthearted. Most people who do it are the type of people who don’t settle for anything less than what they want. The good thing is that you know what you want, and this is something to be proud of. On your resume, you need to show that you are willing to do more than you are asked to, so refer to examples where you took the initiative to do something; whether you had to lead a project or stay overtime to meet a major deadline.

2. You Value Your Relationships With People

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Employers can tell if you are a person who respects and values other people. With a single phone call to your last boss, employers can find out important information about your work, who you are as a person and whether you are likely to burn bridges or create meaningful channels of communication with your past coworkers. If you left on good terms, it also means that you are a good communicator and an emotionally intelligent person which is a great skill to possess.

3. You Are Accountable

It’s important to show employers that you are accountable because you don’t want them to think you are someone who changes jobs – or even careers easily. On your resume, you can do this by showing how you have contributed to your previous roles. List any achievements you think will be able to demonstrate the kind of professional you are. These will have to demonstrate how you helped your previous employer achieve their goals.

4. You Are a Passionate Professional

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You are bold enough to take the risk and jump off the wagon to find a better career opportunity. It takes courage to be able to leave a job and turn your career upside down. Since you are doing it now, it means that you aren’t afraid to go after what you want. This passion of yours to start a new career in an unknown industry is evident and employers can tell whether you should get the job or not. Changing careers also show that you aren’t afraid to try something out, and you are confident in your abilities.

5. You Can Do More Than One Job

If you want to change careers, it means that you believe you can do more than what you are doing now. You probably wear multiple hats and like to experiment a lot; hence, you are taking this big step now and changing careers. What’s good about this is that employers want to hire people who can cover a lot of areas – and positions. The more you know, the better the chances that you will find a job in the new industry.

See Also: How to Handle Career Goals That Change Frequently Over Time

If you are currently changing careers, you have to make sure that you position yourself and promote your skills effectively on your resume. These five skills are important to include on your resume because they can make you stand out from the competition. What’s left now is to find appropriate examples – otherwise known as stories to make your resume more convincing.

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