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5 Secret Ingredients for a Successful Career Change

September 24, 2014 by Kelly Paul |
Kelly Paul

city_sunlightTransitioning from one career to another can be challenging, so we're sharing some easy ingredients employers have told us make a career change candidate stand out.

  1. The Right Education

    Having a degree or credential that connects to an industry or job skill-set can make all the difference. If your degree is in a field that doesn't match well with the new career you want, consider pursuing an accredited graduate degree or certificate within that field. If you don't have the time to commute back-and-forth to campus consider an online degree program. They are plentiful and research show they're as good or better than face-to-face education.

  2. Volunteer Experience

    A great way to gain insider knowledge of a particular industry or a specific skill-set is to volunteer with an organization that is closely aligned with your desired career. Not only will you get to give back to your community, but you'll also develop key skills and industry knowledge you can add to your résumé to aid in your transition.

  3. Current Job Skills

    Evaluate your current job and industry to identify transferable skills - those skills that work not only in your current position but also in the position you want. Then discuss with your supervisor whether there's a way for you to continue to expand those skills and develop new ones with your current employer. You might just be surprised how much they want to help you grow.

  4. Résumé that Rocks

    Take the time to evaluate your résumé and update it appropriately. Make sure you highlight skills and don't just list prior jobs. Make certain you communicate how your skills can help a potential employer grow and succeed, and include a cover letter that highlights your intention to change careers and how what you already know, what you've learned in college or university, and your life experiences make you a great candidate for the job.

  5. Lifelong Learning

    In this era of constant change, employers want employees who are always learning. This includes advanced college certificates and degrees, professional development and training, taking leadership roles with professional associations, and staying current with industry news.

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Article by: Kelly Paul

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