Using Resume to Position Yourself for Career Transition


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 have only 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
.