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					Transferable skills – what they are and how to demonstrate them in your
resume?

People put a lot of thought into changing careers. After all, it is one
of the more important decisions one can make. We have to consider our
families, our living and financial situations, our competitive advantage
in the new field, etc. Making a career change typically means starting
with a blank canvas; while you have the freedom to paint that canvas any
which way you wish, you have to invest time, energy, make sacrifices and
prove yourself as a credible professional in your new field. You have to
be competitive, and motivated, and sustain the drive that is necessary to
be successful. After you convince yourself that changing careers is the
right thing to do, you will have to convince your potential employers to
give you the job you are seeking.

To do so, you have to do your research. Demonstrate to your employer that
you have an extensive knowledge of the industry, even if you don’t have
the accompanying experience. Before you begin your new career, make sure
that you understand what professional paths are available for you, and
determine what your ultimate goal is. This will help you form the career
objective for your resume. Additional, make sure to do your research on
the company you are interested in, as well as their competition (if you
are interested in non-profit organizations, make sure to brush up on
other organizations with similar missions); if invited for an interview,
you will want to appear very knowledgeable not only about their company,
but about the industry as a whole. You will have to convince your
potential employer that you the best person for the job, better than the
candidates with experience – to do that, you have to showcase not only
your enthusiasm for the opportunity, but your eagerness to learn and your
knowledge about the field.

Transferable skills, those skills that can be utilized in numerous
fields, are also a key to a successful career change. Consider your
qualifications to date. What experience have you acquired that can be
transferred across industries? Transferable skills include verbal and
written communication, people management, customer relations,
organization and project management, development of new processes,
generation of new ideas or concepts, etc. Such skills can be adapted to
all organizations, and you should utilize them to showcase your
qualifications for the job you are seeking. For example, if you would
like to ditch the 9-to-5 desk job for a hectic, unpredictable life of a
high school teacher, let your potential employer know that your previous
experience in leading by motivation makes you a perfect candidate for the
job (even if that marketing project you managed has nothing to do with
teaching English composition). Making a list of all your professional
experiences and the qualifications needed for the job you are seeking
will help you in determining which skills are transferable to your new
career. Once you define your transferable skills, use a functional resume
to assure most (if not all) of the qualifications needed for the new job
are met in your resume.

In addition to your resume, use your cover letter or email to let your
potential employer know why you are changing careers, and that your new
interest is not a passing one. Make sure that your resume reflects your
newfound interest in a genuine and professional manner, and you are sure
to have a successful career change.

				
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Description: People put a lot of thought into changing careers. After all, it is one of the more important decisions one can make. We have to consider our families, our living and financial situations, our competitive advantage in the new field, etc. Making a career change typically means starting with a blank canvas; while you have the freedom to paint that canvas any which way you wish, you have to invest time, energy, make sacrifices and prove yourself as a credible professional in your new field. You have to be competitive, and motivated, and sustain the drive that is necessary to be successful. After you convince yourself that changing careers is the right thing to do, you will have to convince your potential employers to give you the job you are seeking.