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resume writerFinding yourself at a career crossroad is more common than one would think. You’ve gained 10+ years of experience in a particular profession and one day you wake up and realize that you’ve been doing what you “should” do and not what you “want” to do. While I am often asked to provide advice in this are, I usually defer as I feel this is not only a personal preference, but I think that there are many factors that can come into play in determining whether or not a change is feasible.If your career/job change is going mean a financial impact, how does this affect your family? Getting the support of your significant other is important in the effort to struggle through the tough times you’ve got ahead. Are you already working on developing the skill set you will need for the next position? Sign up for training and buy used books that will help you to develop the qualifications necessary to do the job.

When asked for advice in this area, I usually indicate that it is personal choice. I have always been a proponent of going after the dream, but one also has to consider the collateral consequences, along with their personal temperament.

When ready to make the shift, a resume has to be drafted accordingly. Remember, most of your background and experience will be in a different area than you’re targeting, so the standard resume just won’t do. Your resume will need to focus the reader on the new skill set and training.

Changing careers can make for an exciting (or scary) time. If you’ve got the guts, support of loved ones, and prepared accordingly, you should be fine.

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William Mitchell, CPRW
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2 Comments

  1. theresum October 13, 2008 at 10:48 am ·

    When you have a diverse background and seeking to move to a new position, be sure to povide your resume writer with the most pertinent info first. This ensures the resume is properly targeted. Any resume writer who does not advise this is likely not planning to target your resume properly. Targeted resumes get the job done.

  2. Resume Writer November 12, 2008 at 9:55 am ·

    An adversarial relationship with a supervisor is a very touchy situation. First, keep your resume on the launching pad (of course, you would expect me to say that, right?). Seek to repair the relationship, but be sure to leave as much of a “paper trail” as you can. For instance, ask for a lunch meting via email to address “apparent misunderstandings” or to “get on the same page. Also, document as much of your activities and requests as you can. The idea is to arm yourself with proof of your attempts to work together if you ever have to break the chain of command to seek a resolution.

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