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5 Tips to redesign Resumes for new career change

Nov 22, 2017 17:58 IST
5 Tips to redesign Resumes for new career change
5 Tips to redesign Resumes for new career change

In the current job market, it’s difficult enough for the job seekers to get their Resumes noticed by the recruiters. It gets more difficult for the career changers to convince the recruiters when they choose to embark their career journey on a new path.  

Mostly, the career changers don’t update their Resumes with the key qualifications required for new job responsibilities while pursuing a career change. Instead, they should redesign their Resumes to highlight their key skills for new job responsibilities.   

Answering the question; ‘Why the recruiters should notice me’ in your Resume can help you a lot. You may not have the experience the recruiters are actually looking for in a candidate, but you probably have the skills that can help you during disposal of your new job responsibilities in case you’re hired.  

So, research the field you want to get into, note down the skills that recruiters are actually looking for in a candidate and redesign your Resume accordingly while following some tips we are suggesting here.

Objectivity

Have you preferably focused on the objectives as a way to be considered more seriously by the employers? Or have made a pitch for a job with your overall work profile while redesigning your Resume. Some career experts believe that the ‘objectives in a Resume’ is considered to be taken more seriously by the employers while other recommend a strong work profile to win over the recruiters. If you think anyone out of these two suggestions can help you for every career option, then you might fail to understand the hiring trend. Neither of these is going to be right or wrong for every job.

So, first examine the skills and qualifications you’re possessing and present them in a way to show that you’re the most suitable candidate for the job offer the employers have. It can help you to make the changes in your Resume, accordingly.  

Functionality

So, which format you have followed in your Resume? Is it functional or a tradition one? The traditional format of Resume which is largely followed by the job seekers gives details about the work history in order of date. The job responsibilities are outlined either in bullets or in paragraph format beneath.  On the other hand, the functional resume which is considered to be more modern in approaching the employers’ emphases skills over work history. The skill sections are often divided into many subsections. It can help the employers to scan your qualifications and skills more quickly if you have the skills and qualifications they are actually looking for. Generally, the employers take 10 to 30 seconds to oversee the Resumes. For this reason, a functional Resume is most often formatted to apply online and secure the job interview.   

Skills

Using subheading with meaningful title can help the employers to quickly screen your Resume to see whether the skills you’re possessing are useful for them or not. Using too much subheadings or titles for the skills may defeat your purpose. Instead, grouping all skills from all your previous jobs can make a pitch for an interview call. So, group your skills from past and present jobs under subheadings. You can also include skills from an unpaid position as well as paid.

Career history

If you don’t give credit to yourself for everything you know and can do, then no one else will do it. So, give yourself credit for whatever you know and can do while including the paid and unpaid positions you have occupied so far. You can work as a volunteer or intern to obtain the skills or experience in case you don’t have required attributes.

References

Don’t stretch your Resume by giving too many references if you aren’t asked. It can turn off the employers if he gets to know that you have given so many references just to give stretch to your Resume. But, don’t forget to give references when you’re asked for that. For it, you can give details of previous employer, your team leader or a senior team member. But, make sure that they will make you look good for the position you have applied for. It would help you to create a positive environment around you.   

Finally

In the diversified job market, using the same Resume for every job may fall short when the recruiters will scan your Resume for particular skills or qualifications. Thinking about the different sections included in your Resume can help you to get started in right direction. In this article, we have suggested some tips to update Resumes for a career change.   

If you feel we have missed out on any other important thing that can help the professionals to change their career, please share them in the comment selection below. To help your family members, friends, and relatives for career change, you can also share this article with them. To continue reading such articles, please subscribe to our newsletter. We would gladly send interesting articles related to career counseling and careers change directly to your inbox.

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