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Using Resume to Position Yourself for Career Transition


This posting is a guest entry from the Career Doctor, Randall S. Hansen, PhD: Katina writes: I was just wondering: How can I integrate transitioning to a new career onto my resume? I am currently in customer relations, but am trying to into human resources. However, a lot of employers do not want to bother if you only have education and no previous experience. How can I present myself to get my foot in the door because if I get the opportunity I know I can become an asset for a company? I appreciate any information or suggestions you can provide.
The Career Doctor responds: Changing careers takes a lot more effort than simply changing jobs, and at times the process is often quite frustrating, so hang in there. You’ve conquered the first step — which is deciding you need to make a career change and determining the new career you seek. The next step is to identify the skills you currently use in customer relations and how they apply to human resources. (We call these transferable skills.) Once you have the new skill set, rewrite your resume, showcasing your education and skills. While you are currently working in customer relations, you might also try and gain human resource experience through volunteering or temping. You should also consider joining a professional organization such as SHRM and building a new network of contacts. Since you work for a large employer, you might also be able to make a move to human resources without leaving the company. If you have a mentor within the organization, talk with him/her about doing so. Since career change often takes a while to implement, remember to reward yourself for every small step you make in the transition to your new career. Good luck! For more detailed advice, please read this article published on Quintessential Careers: The 10-Step Plan to Career Change.