What to do if you want to change profession?
The wording of a career-change resume is crucial. Most career fields have similar base functions – customer service, team work, project work, or business sense. Some have similar skills such as sales and customer service; business analysis and financial analysis; or operations and project management. Other career fields are very dissimilar or require licenses, certifications, or specialized training. Regardless whether where you are going is similar to where you are now, the wording of the resume in terms of similar functions, common duties, and supportive accomplishments can help you make that switch.
Additionally, selection of information can make a significant impact on the effectiveness of the career-change resume. Often, the most important factor in information selection is what is excluded from the resume. When making a career change, it is very tempting to “throw in every fact” in hope that it will have some kind of impact in the mind of the reader. Unfortunately, the result tends to be opposite. Too much information overwhelms important facts and the reader has trouble seeing the real qualifications in the “static”. When constructing the career-change resume, consider information presented to the reader very carefully. You have a limited amount of space to make your argument and you don’t want to waste it with irrelevant information that does not support your goal.
I think that it depends more on your personality and not on how educated or smart you are. You have to be really strong psychologically to be able to make that change – make the step towards uncertainty. But then your education kicks in – if you are good at the alternative career, you’ll do just fine!
So first of all:
- choose which career you want to switch to
- define if you are any good at it and if you find your choice rational
- make sure, that you can make the transition (maybe you could take up some classes or even get another degree to change your career path?)
- another important thing: just because you don’t like your current job doesn’t mean you have to change your career (maybe you could switch employers or even move to a different location and see – maybe you’ll find your occupation appealing in the new setting and with new colleagues).
- But if you really want to do it – DO IT:)