Give Your Career Change Resume a Focus

Over the past 8 years as a career reinvention coach, I have written hundreds of resumes. And I have coached hundres of other clients on how to rewrite their resume themselves. I decided to take my knowledge and write a five part blog series on tips for effective career change resumes. Today’s blog post is the first of five posts.


TIP ONE: Focus, focus, focus. That’s what you need to do when you’re undergoing a career change and want to redo your résumé. But, focus on what?

Well, before you start writing your résumé, you need to focus on your new direction. You will need to determine what position you want, what industry is desirable, what location works for you, and most importantly, how you want to be perceived by a prospective employer.

Figuring out what positions and/or industries you’re targeting will give your career change résumé a focus. And, this focus will dictate what information you include, how, and where. Writing a career change résumé is all about producing an image of how you want to be perceived by a prospective employer.

For example, if you are an accountant who wants to transition to a publicity or marketing role for a nonprofit, your résumé will look different than if you were seeking another accounting role. You will need to include aspects of your current position, or volunteer experience, or professional training that will translate into the new position and resonate for the potential hiring manager.

More specifically, when reinventing your career, you must “reweight” the information you include on your résumé to be more relevant to your new objective. You have to translate what you have done in your past roles in such a way that a potential hiring manager immediately understands its relevancy to the position for which you are applying.