7 Resume Tips
Are looking to broaden your horizons? Looking to develop new skills in a different stream? You will obviously need a new, revamped resume.
Creating a resume isn’t the easiest task, but trust your experience, even if it’s in a different field, will still be relevant and valuable.
That’s because so many skills, especially soft ones, are transferable. If you’re shifting from an emergency department nurse to an oncology nurse, for instance, your patient skills, your ability to organise and deal with highly demanding situations are all going to be applicable.
Your resume has to tell the story of your transferable skills to the hiring manager, explaining how qualifications and experience are still applicable and relevant. Here’s how to get started developing your new resume.
1. Identify Your Transferable Skills
Get to know your new field! Read job descriptions to work out what skills that your new field requires. Talk to people already in that area.
Print your current resume with your job history and list of all the skills you’ve gained and used throughout your career so far. Some of these may be listed on your resume directly, but others may not. Then, list out the skills commonly required in your new field and look for matches.
Think creatively, what are skills these roles have in common or could be seen as being in common.
It’s also important to include include non-professional experience on your resume also. Are you on committee’s? Are you involved in any volunteer work, and potentially even hobbies, can all be mined for evidence of your skills and experience.
2. Write a Resume Objective
Have a resume objective at the top of your resume. This will highlight the type of job you’re seeking. The objective, just like the rest of your resume, is all about you. But the true purpose of the objective is to highlight to the hiring managers your suitability for the position. (That’s also true for the whole document!)
Your objective,is to make it clear how your former positions have provided you with the skills you need in your new field, and for this job in particular.
3. Determine Which Resume Format Works Best for You
A chronological resume; which lists experience from most recent to eldest, and is probably the most commonly used format.
A functional resume: is often the best choice for someone switching career paths, since it puts the focus squarely on your skills and experience (rather than where you worked, and when). This type of resume helps highlights the most relevant parts of your work.
A combination resume — which mixes the functional format with the chronological one — is also a good option if you’re shifting careers.
4. Add a Skills Section
Whichever resume format you choose, use the skills section to highlight that you have the soft and hard skills required for this job, here’s more information to help you know what to include in your resume skills section.
5. Leave Off Unnecessary Information
Always use the KISS Method; Keep It Short Stupid.
You don’t need to provide an exhaustively list every position held, task completed, and programs used. Think of your resume as a greatest hits album: Include only the highlights that will help your resume seem relevant to hiring managers in your new field. This can be particularly important if you’re switching job levels.
6. Watch for Jargon
When you work in a field for a while, jargon becomes second nature. The point is, while jargon can help you seem like an insider in your original field, it can may confuse and alienate hiring manager in your new field.
Explain job titles, programs, and job-related tasks and achievements in clear language that anyone can understand.
7. Selection Criteria
The most important aspect of your resume will be to address all essential and desirable selection criteria.
Essential Criteria: As the name implies, these are the areas of experience and/or training that are essential in the new position. Address each one thoroughly relating them concisely to your previous experience.
Desirable Criteria: Relate as many of these as possible to your previous experience. Often saying you will undertake studies in an area that you have no related experience or expertise may be a way of satisfactorily addressing this.