Oct 11, 2019 - 05:45 PM
For example, if you worked in a call center and want to transition to a hospital housekeeping job, then organization and communication skills will be part of the necessary skill set, as well as being a self-starter. When transitioning, study the job ad and try to highlight the skills you already possess, such as teamwork and an ability to follow directions and stay on schedule.
While most employers are used to the chronological resume format, it's a good idea to change that a bit when you're switching careers, and consider using the functional resume format. The functional resume format can be good for career changers because it allows you to put more focus on your key strengths (and less on your unrelated work history), and then match those key strengths to the employer's requirements.
When a cover letter, make sure you customize it for each job, noting your transferable skills and mentioning why you want to change careers and what you believe you can bring to the employer. Also, personalizing the story you tell in your cover letter can help the employer connect you with the job: "When my grandmother was ill, I spent long hours in the hospital with her. Every hospital staff person – no matter their job – was so caring and so wonderful, that I came to realize that I too wanted to work in this world. I believe I can bring my commitment to quality care and teamwork to this job, as well as my compassion for those in need."
You can create knock-out application materials for a job in a new field using LiveCareer's easy-to-customize Resume Templates and Cover Letter Templates.