Your resume is another tool to connect with a recruiter, but a big challenge you may face is persuading recruiters that your career change is relevant.
Darke’s book ‘The 30-Second Impact Resume’ provides information on how to restructure your resume, and when it comes to changing careers, he points out that the most important thing is to get the message across as to why you want to make a change.
“If you can't make a convincing case for changing your career, then it will be difficult to even make the interview, as employers or recruiters will often look for people with experience,” he says.
“Of course it helps your case if you can bring some skills with you from your previous role. However, if you're changing from being a mechanic to becoming, say, a payroll assistant, then there's not much you can bring with you.”
So how can you make the ‘why’ clear on your resume? Darke says the best place to do this is in the summary at the top of your resume. Have a look at these examples.
Here are a few other points to keep in mind to ensure your resume stands out: