It’s a scary thought: you’ve spent your whole career in a single industry… but these days, it’s not doing so well (looking at you, Oil & Gas!). You know you have to make a pivot, and you even have some idea what area you would like to move into – but how do you convince a hiring rep to give you a chance? Will they even understand the industry-specific words and phrases listed on your CV?
The client that gave the above feedback was facing the same issue. A long time Program Manager working in a public sector (Parks and Recreation), she was ready to change things up and came across an open position that would be a perfect fit. The trouble was, the desired position was in the Transportation Industry, and the two areas of work didn’t share a lot of shared language. While she had no doubt the team management and program coordination skills she’d honed in her current area of work would easily transfer over, she wasn’t sure how to convince a hiring officer.
Upon reading this client’s resume, it was immediately obvious what changes needed to be made. She had listed far too much detail about the programs she’d managed, and not near enough about how she supported them. When we pivoted the information to reflect upon her transferrable skills, omitting mention of the irrelevant specifics of what she’d been in charge of, the resume showcased a competent, assertive, and highly capable Team Lead, ready to “keep the train running on time” in any industry.
The take-away advice: if planning to change areas of work, make sure your CV doesn’t lean too hard into the area you no longer desire to work it. Translate jargon to clearly highlight the transferrable skills relevant to the new option.
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