Career Change Resume Writing Tips

Your career change resume is a very specific tool, quite unlike a 'normal' resume so you must approach it's creation differently.

Here are some tips to make sure that your career change resume is up to the job of getting you to interview.

Now, because the aim of this document is very different from that of a normal chronological resume, in other words the aim is to help you move into a different career, then the recent career history becomes less important than the skills you developed.

These skills must be presented in a way that supports your career objective, so starting at the top:

Under your name, address and contact details you MUST add a targeted, job-specific career objective statement. This is a clear statement of intent, so spell it out by saying exactly what job you are pursuing. This way there is no confusion about what you want to do from the start of the resume.

Next on your career change resume it is best to add a bulleted skills section. This is a short list that helps hiring managers quickly see that you have the requisite skills for the job. Only include those skills that are directly relevant to the new job and leave out any that you may have but are unrelated to your new objective.

Write a personal profile summary. Focus clearly on the skills and qualifications that are required for the new job. Get as much information about the intended role as you can so that you can understand the depth and level of skills and personal attributes needed. When you are clear weave your own qualifications into the personal profile statement of your career change resume. Remember any experience that is relevant, regardless of where it comes from such as volunteering or even hobby work, can add significantly to your presentation and so increase your chances of getting the role you want.

Many jobs, although different on the surface, have common skills requirements and these core skills are also your most transferable skills. For example you may include: communication skills, project management skills, customer service delivery, and excellent organizational skills as these would apply to so many jobs. The most important part of this although is not to just claim the skill but to provide evidence to substantiate the claim, quantify your resume results wherever possible.

Stick to these tips for your career change resume and you will be very pleased with the outcome of your efforts. …

Why Should I Take a Gap Year

I have recently exhibited at a number of Gap Fairs and found there to be a number of common questions and concerns amongst potential gap students. At the moment, only around 1 in every 5 students who consider a Gap Year actually go through with it. Having missed out on a Gap Year before university myself, I know the fears and concerns associated with taking a year out. Hindsight is a wonderful thing but I would definitely change my decision now if I was able to take it again and would like to discuss my opinions about a few of the main issues in this article by answering broad questions.

1. I do not have enough money to take a Gap Year?

This is a common concern for almost every student, especially with student debt looming on the horizon. I still believe there is opportunity to travel though and go to university with some extra funds.
Recently, I heard a presentation from Phil Murray at Gap Advice who stuck me with one fact. How long is a Gap Year? We talk about a year out but the time out of education is actually 15 months. This provides a large amount of time to earn money, gain invaluable work experience as well as having the experience of a lifetime.

Example: A student could work for 12 months and earn around £ 12,000 if they worked hard. Lets say that after expenses and tax etc they have £ 6,000 left over. With still 3 months left, you could spend £ 3,000 on a volunteer project, very achievable, and still go to university with £ 3,000 more than you started with.

2. I will not go back to studying once I've had a year out?

This is a very valid concern and one I must say encouraged me not to take a gap year. I would like to say that with hindsight now, I feel I made a mistake though. This is a personal decision and each individual will feel differently about it.

I would not say it will not be hard going back to study after taking a year out. In my experience at university, the students who took a year out were completely behind in the first term of the first year. This however soon changed as they climbed up and by the end of the third year I found them to be way ahead. I believe this was due to 2 main reasons. Firstly, they had the opportunity to have a break from studying and refreshing for another 3 years at university. Secondly, they were that slightly more mature.

I certainly do not think a Gap Year is for everyone though. I will instead offer an alternative to a year out. Why not travel during the summer holidays between A-Levels and university and take a mini-gap. This is harder cost wise but offers you the opportunity to travel and gain excellent life experience and still go straight to university.

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