If you are considering changing industries, you may need to tweak your resume to appeal to employers in that new industry.
Here are three steps to writing a resume that demonstrate to employers that you would be a good new hire even if you don’t have direct experience in their industry:
1) Emphasize knowledge of your profession. If you are only making an industry change and not a career change, you need to highlight your in-depth knowledge of your field. For example, if you are a finance executive trying to break into the healthcare industry, you will need to show how you have mastered the field of finance at the management level. This knowledge base is transferable across industries.
2) Highlight any experience that you have had related to the new industry. Let’s say you are in the marketing field, and you are trying to get a job in healthcare. Perhaps you have worked on major projects in the healthcare industry. This would be useful to mention on the resume so that employers will see that you have some knowledge of their industry even if you haven’t worked in that industry full time.
3) Join a professional association that relates to the new industry. If you are a marketing executive you might want to join an association like Alliance for Healthcare Strategy and Marketing and then mention the fact that you are a member on your resume. This shows that you are not only interested in this new industry, but also that you are staying abreast of what is happening in the healthcare industry by affiliating yourself with people in that industry.
Join Cheryl Palmer, President of Call to Career, and recruiters from the IT and healthcare industries for a complimentary webinar on February 24, 2011 where they will discuss tips for making a successful transition into a new industry. Register at www.calltocareer.com.