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Do you want to apply for a job but not have much work experience? Or is the experience you have not quite right for the job you want, perhaps because you’re looking to change industries? If so, you should create a resume based on your transferable skills (which are things like time-management, writing, teamwork, and problem-solving). A transferable skills-based resume includes all the elements of a usual resume – profile, education, experience and contact information – but highlights the relevant skills you have most prominently.
In other words, it’s skills, not always experience, that you need to make a career change. Identify which transferable skills you already have by looking at our full checklist here. From there, you can decide which ones are most relevant to the job you want.
You’ll also want to ensure that the same skills mentioned in the job ad are listed in your resume, so pay careful attention to the words they use, Grainger-Marsh says. “Find some examples of the roles being advertised, and make a list of the skills and experience they are looking for – there will probably be a few common elements in there, and those are the areas to focus on.”
“Do they ask for a ‘self-motivated’ person in several adverts? Is an individual with ‘good stakeholder management’ specifically referenced? Those are transferable skills which can help make up ground if one of the technical skills is missing from your list,” Grainger-Marsh says.
“There are also key personality traits that will always be relevant, such as a proactive nature, flexibility, and adaptability,” says Rogers, so add those to your resume too, if you have them.
“If you demonstrate the skills, aptitude and, most importantly, the cultural fit and attitude that will bring success, employers will often respond,” says Grainger-Marsh. “After all, they aren’t hiring a CV, they’re hiring a person.”
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