Making A Career Switch? Show Your Versatility

December 10th, 2015

Lots of professionals are deciding to enter the job market in a different capacity than their experience would indicate. It is okay to make a switch in your career, but it is up to you to sell a hiring manager on your experience, transferable skills, attitude,and the ability to adapt. So how can you show your versatility when you’re making a career switch? Here are some tips to help you along the way.

Focus on your transferable skills.

No single career exists in a bubble. What aspects of your former career can translate positively to the new company? Is there a strong customer service correlation? Perhaps your organizational skills in a previous job would help you break into an administrative position. There is always something that will apply to another field, so look for these commonalities.

Have a positive attitude.

Honestly, your attitude about your future will have just as big of an impact as your prior experience. You never want to appear desperate or entitled. You never want to speak negatively about your former career or employer. A positive, can-do attitude will go a long way toward convincing a new employer to take a chance on you. If you can sell yourself and believe in the switch, that will help with convincing the potential employer.

Demonstrate your adaptable personality.

Not only must you be positive, but you have to show how your personality is accustomed to change and ready to roll with whatever punches the new job will throw at you. There were aspects of your old job which required you to change course or direction at a moment’s notice, so incorporate those stories in your personal and professional narrative.

Showcase your accomplishments.

Another aspect, which is important for anyone looking for a job, is to share what you have accomplished in the past. Discuss how these past achievements could translate to your new industry and how you are expecting to continue on a course of success. Share data as much as possible, but don’t try to quantify everything.

Share how your continued education.

Finally, you want to instill a sense of confidence in your potential new employer. Show them what you’ve learned about the new industry on your own. What classes have you taken? How have you practiced? Have you volunteered? Create a portfolio or a project that you can show them to demonstrate what you already know. You might not be in a new industry yet, but showing that you are taking steps to learn about a new challenge will make a great impression.

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