In this first entry to her blog, Marisa is going to outline how to make your CV as relevant as possible for a change in career path. As markets modernise, it is becoming increasingly common to switch careers: over 70% the Movemeon community are prepared to work in a new industry/function. Marisa will help you to identify the skills you will have picked up over the years that can be transferrable, and how to portray them to attract companies’ attention and gain an advantage over your competitors.
Why should you care about them?
You want to change your career slightly or dramatically to another field but think that you need to start from scratch? You don’t. This is where transferrable skills become so necessary and important – giving you the freedom to change your career path, without having to attempt this challenge from square one.
What is a transferrable skill?
Transferrable skills are those skills you’ve acquired not only at your different jobs but during your entire life such as hobbies, volunteer work, parenting, sports, classes, projects, courses, helping friends or even participation in small business within school/college.
Though these skill sets can be useful when you are a graduate or when you want to make a career change, you should assess your skills in order to emphasize certain aspects to link them to your much desired career goal and illustrate their transferability.
What is your goal? Have you checked what is necessary to achieve it?
First of all you should be adequately aware of your skills and their level. I recommend that you create an extensive list of your skills; you can build a three-column spreadsheet where you can outline the tasks you’ve done, skills acquired and the skill level. An example would be:
Assist Project Leader to implement Engagement project
Skills and Skill level
Project Management – advanced
Liaison and negotiation with Partners and Directors – advanced
Work within a diverse and international environment – advanced
Adhere to tight timeframes and deadlines – needs development
After you have successfully mapped yourself, you should focus on understanding what you are looking for and what skills, knowledge or expertise are required to perform that job/activity. This sounds simple but I know that having a clear idea is not always easy… If you at least have a clue you can start on the right foot.
List your chosen areas of interest and thoroughly research the market afterwards. Look for inspiration from your network and online resources (like MoveMeOn!) and make a list of places where you would like to work or jobs where you would like to see yourself in the future. Then you can speak to people in these roles, go to related job boards and search for similar job descriptions; to get an accurate insight of what the market is actually looking for. After some good research you will have come up with loads of information.
Once you’ve finished this you can do the ‘Gap analysis’ between your current skill set and those you’ve identified in your research. You can also identify your most valuable transferrable skills for your next role. For example, if you wanted to change from the corporate world to a more social business.
Make decisions regarding budgets
Implement education programs across UK
Transferrable skills you can apply:
Negotiation with Partners and Directors
Volunteer work for a local charity
Manage a xx thousand budget for a company/college event
Project Management: liaising with diverse teams and nationwide implementation
If you are also changing country, you make not have experience within the UK’s educational system, so in order to close this gap with your competitors you can start reading articles or government websites and include this in your cover letter or the ‘interests’ section on your CV
How can I highlight my transferrable skills on my resume/CV?
As you can imagine, tailoring your CV according to the job you seek is crucial. Recruiters generally have little time to read CVs so you need to be concise when describing your skills, and precise about what you are looking for and what you can offer.
I always recommend starting with a succinct objective and then a section called “Relevant experience”.
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