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Your Career Change Resume. The 5 Minute Career Coach April 2010
April 01, 2010
Helping Career Changers Around The World
Welcome to the April 2010 edition of The 5 Minute Career Coach!
What's in this Issue
This month I am getting practical again and looking at resumes and CVs. Many people struggle to get these right, especially when making a career change. If this includes you, then take a look at this month's article on career change resumes.
With best wishes
Quote of the Day
Is your current job letting you be who you really are or does it leave you hemmed in or with a sense that you are playing a role to someone else's script? If the answer is yes, then what will you do to start being more true to yourself? When will you begin to be who you want to be?
Your 5 Minute Coaching Session
Challenging questions are one of the key tools coaches use in helping clients to create change.
Each month I offer you a mini coaching session by asking you a challenging question to think about. The questions I ask are designed to get you thinking in new ways and hopefully gain insights that may open your mind to new possibilities for you career and for your life.
Try this one for size.
Start by looking at all the various jobs you have done and reflect on the particular aspects of your work (not the whole job) that have made you feel enthusiastic in the past. If you find it hard to identify things from your work, then spread the net wider. What activities make you want to get stuck in and keep you absorbed
What does this tell you about what is important to you? What do you need to do to bring more of this motivation into your working life? Do you need a change of career or just a change of focus in your work?
Writing a Career Change Resume or CV
Have you identified a new career you would like to pursue but do you keep getting stuck when it comes to actually applying for a job? Are you wondering how on earth you are going to 'sell' yourself to a new employer in a totally different field?
The doubts start to creep in and you ask yourself questions like 'How do I convince them that after 10 years in finance, I now want to work in health care?' You may be convinced that this is what you want, but will they see it the same way?
There is no magic wand that will guarantee success, but there is much that you can do with your resume to help make the transition you are aspiring to.
Here are my top five tips for writing a career change cv.
Focus on the transferability of your skills
Use a skills based or functional format
Highlight what you have done to prepare for the new area of work
Review what the new role requires very carefully and focus on this
Brief your referees
Above all, it is important that you approach your new career with a strong sense of self belief. If you have done your homework in planning your career change, you should be clear about the relevance of your strengths and skills.
Make sure you present yourself confidently – if you don't believe in your ability to do the job, you can't expect them to!
Clearly there is more to perfecting your CV or resume than I have mentioned here. If you'd like more detailed help, then take a look at my new ebook, The CV & Resume Workbook. It is on Special Offer at just £6.99 to my 5 Minute Career Coach subscribers for the month of April.
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