7 Tips for Comparing Job Offers

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During your job search, the idea of landing a job is probably a dream come true.

Whether you’re worried about finding a job that aligns with your career goals or one that simply makes ends meet, landing a job isn’t an easy task. However, if your dream becomes a reality and you receive a job offer (or three!), what do you do next?

While multiple job offers can seem like the best thing to happen during your job search, you now have to make a decision — which offer do you accept? From salary and location, to the job responsibilities and company culture, you’ll have to decide which position is the best fit for you.

Deciding between multiple job offers doesn’t have to be stressful. If you take the time to weigh your options, you can end up making the best decision for your career. Here are some helpful tips to guide you in the direction of accepting the right job for you:

 

1. Consider the location.

When you compare both jobs, take a look at locations and if they’ll have an impact on your daily routine. Will either position require you to relocate to a new city? Are you going to have a new 45-minute commute? Or will you have the opportunity to work from home? Location is essential to choosing the right job. Pay attention to the location of each job and determine if there will be any extra costs involved with accepting the position.

 

2. Ask yourself: Does the position match the lifestyle I want?

The biggest mistake job seekers make when accepting a job offer is not thinking about whether or not the opportunity aligns with their career goals and lifestyle. When accepting a job offer, you must make your needs a priority. If you accept a job that doesn’t fit your lifestyle, how are you going to find the motivation to excel in the workplace?

During your decision making process, make sure you are considering your personal needs such as work-life balance, schedule, and of course, salary. These factors will help you determine which job will satisfy your personal and professional life.

3. Take an inside look at their culture.

Company culture can tell you a lot about a position before you accept it. It’s important to explore the differences between each company so you can have a better understanding of what each job has to offer. Consider questions such as, if you have to work over-time, do you want the flexibility to work on a laptop from your home? Does the employer withhold values that align with yours? By asking these questions about each company’s culture, you’ll be able to determine which job is right for you.

 

4. Look at room for growth.

Whether or not this is a priority for your career, you should look at the opportunities available for promotions and decide if they fit your into your career goals. If job growth is something you desire, make sure you choose the position that gives you the opportunity to move upwards in the company. On the other hand, if you want to find a job where you can have the same position for the next 10 years, you’ll want to consider that, too.

 

5. Opportunities within the workplace.

When you accept a job offer, you want to make sure the position fits your career goals. Accepting a job just isn’t about having a higher salary or great perks, it’s about the learning experience, too. Determine if the company provides you with opportunities for professional development and training in the workplace. If continuous learning is an important element for your career goals, make sure the position you accept meets those needs.

6. Follow your intuition.

The bottom line is only you know what opportunity is the best fit for you and your career. During your job search, you have to trust yourself and your decision making process. Regardless of which job you choose, this decision is for you. If you’re having trouble deciding between job offers, try picturing yourself with each company. This can give you a better idea of which position is the best option for you.

 

7. Take a look at the bigger picture.

After you gather information about the different companies, it’s time to decide which job is the best option. Although salary and benefits might be the biggest factors, you need to pay attention to the smaller details. Regardless of how much an employer can pay you, if you don’t like the company’s culture or it doesn’t fit your lifestyle, then chances are you won’t be happy with the job.

 

You’ll never know when you’ll end up with multiple job offers during your job search. However, if this does happen to you, don’t let it catch you off guard. Be sure to consider all of the details and how they fit into the bigger picture. This is your job search and your career. Choose the path that’s best for your goals and you’ll be on your way to a rewarding career.

 

Have you had multiple job offers before? What helped you during the decision making process?

 

About the Author: Heather R. Huhman is a career expert, experienced hiring manager, and founder & president of Come Recommended, a content marketing and digital PR consultancy for job search and human resources technologies. She is also the instructor of Find Me A Job: How To Score A Job Before Your Friends, author of Lies, Damned Lies & Internships (2011) and #ENTRYLEVELtweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle (2010), and writes career and recruiting advice for numerous outlets.

 

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Doostang News February 7: Why a Great Interview Might Not Turn into a Job

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At times, getting your resume in front of the eyes of a hiring manager can be such a challenge, that when you finally hear back and receive an interview, it can feel like you’ve practically gotten the job.  You enthusiastically prepare for the big day, and when it comes, all seems to go well.  But later on you receive another correspondence telling you that you just didn’t quite make the cut.  So what went wrong?  Here are a few reasons you may not have gotten the job, despite a seemingly great interview.

Apparent Lack of Interest in the Actual Job

You may be sitting there thinking, “There’s no way I showed any shortage of interest during that job interview, I was exuding enthusiasm for that position.”  While that may be true, if hiring managers sense that you’re extremely keen on getting any job, not specifically the one they’re offering, they may decide to pass on you.  They want to ensure that you have a genuine interest in joining their company in this role, to know that you are a great fit and will do the job well.  If your interviewers perceive that you are anxious to land whatever job comes along, they might assume that you aren’t particularly interested in what they have to offer.  Counter this assumption by asking relevant questions during the interview, and by speaking intelligently about the position.

Someone Within the Company Filled the Role

Sometimes, in the midst of the hiring process, a candidate who already works for the company will come along. Or a current employee of the company will refer a friend for the open position.  Unfortunately, no matter how well you hit it off with the hiring manager during the interview, the company is more likely to go with a candidate who already works within the organization and knows the ropes; or a candidate that another colleague vouched for.  While there isn’t much you can do when this happens, try to nip this problem in the bud by networking with individuals in the company beforehand, so that you have a leg up as well.

The Job Description Changed

This tends to happen more with newly created positions.  As hiring managers are interviewing candidates and determining the logistics of the new position, they sometimes realize that the duties or qualifications required for the job may have changed.  While you may have been the ideal candidate at the time you interviewed, it’s possible that the job description changed even a few days later.  Again, there is not much you can do here, but if you know that you are interviewing for a new position, stress your ability to learn and adapt quickly, and your eagerness to catch up in the areas where you may be lacking a bit.

Don’t take it personally when a great interview doesn’t turn into a job.  Chances are, you will never really know the exact reason why you were not selected.  The best you can do is to take what you can from the experience, brush off the loss, and move on to the next opportunity!

Good luck,

The Doostang Team

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Doostang News December 13: How to Make Nice (and Not Naughty) at the Office Holiday Party

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It’s that time of year again.  Holiday cheer abounds, from the store discounts that start in October to… the infamous office holiday bash!  The office holiday party holds a warm spot in many a dutiful careerist’s heart – those who recall episodes of reckless inebriation, Yuletide meltdowns, or scandalous rounds of Spin the Dreidel.  Let’s face it: the combination of alcohol, holiday stress, and surly coworkers is a recipe for disaster.  That’s why you need to prepare yourself, and make sure you know how to behave beforehand!  Let’s discuss some ground rules:

Make Sure You Go

Thought you could avoid the pandemonium altogether?  Think again!  Skipping out on the office soiree is often perceived as a sign of disrespect.  Even though the invitation doesn’t always say it, assume that company gatherings usually fall under the “must attend” category – so blowing them off isn’t really an option.  Employers often spend big bucks putting these shindigs together.  Why?  To thrust you into precarious situations that could jeopardize your career?  Maybe some do.  But most like to celebrate in order to show their gratitude for all the work everyone has put in, and also to facilitate company bonding.  Take home point: don’t even think about home until you’ve put in at least a good 30 minutes of face time.

Putting the Office in Office Party

Remember:  even though an office holiday party is meant to be a social event, the professional context remains.  This means that your superiors are watching, ever mindful of who is behaving naughty and nice, and who’s going to get the nix, come Monday morning.  Limit yourself to a two-drink maximum if alcoholic beverages are available; or, better yet, don’t drink at all.  Pay attention to the part of the invitation that explains the dress code – formal or casual – and then dress more conservatively than you would normally; office holiday parties are no place for flagrant self-expression.  Finally, behave yourself.  No lewd behavior or forbidden office liaisons – there’s no sense in embarrassing yourself, or, worse yet, getting slapped with a sexual harassment complaint by HR.

Cocktail Conversation

We’ve already established that office conventions carry over into the after-hours office party, but that doesn’t mean that your cubicle chitchat has to also.  It’s okay to talk some business, but this is a social event.  Lighten up and broaden the conversation.  Otherwise, people will avoid talking to you and you’ll get pegged as uptight or boring.  Another mistake is to relax too much, and start complaining about your job, gossiping about coworkers, or discussing your pay.  Avoid any controversial subjects, especially those related to work.  Finally, branch out and talk to some people you don’t usually get to interact with during normal working hours.  Don’t forget that office parties can be a great chance to network, so don’t be afraid to engage with some of your superiors.

Holiday parties at the office can actually be a lot of fun, and bring out a more relaxed, fun side of the people you work with each day.  Just make sure to keep the obstreperous, party animal side of you in check!

Much love,

The Doostang Team

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The Best Resume for a Bad Economy

By Alesia Benedict, CPRW, JCTC GetInterviews.com

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With unemployment at its highest level in more than 25 years, many professionals are out of work for the first time in their careers. Things may look bleak, but for those worrying they will have to go from earning six figures to minimum wage, take heart. Though no one wants to settle for a job that is far below one’s worth, there is good news.

There are some creative strategies a job seeker may consider that will not adversely impact his or her long-term career outlook. In fact, just a few small strategic changes to your resume can instantly increase your job-hunting prospects even in these rough economic times.

Broaden Your Scope

You may have spent your entire career in one industry, but it may be time to also look around for positions in related fields. If you not are willing to settle for anything less than your dream job, go for it — but be willing to wait. For most, especially those already out of work, finding a job as soon as possible is important. That doesn’t necessarily mean you must settle or take a step down. All that’s required is an open mind to consider a comprehensive range of lateral possibilities.

For example, a human resources professional who specializes in recruitment may now branch out into related functions such as employee relations, benefits administration or even generalist positions. A laid-off newspaper copy editor could move away from the struggling newspaper industry and apply his or her skills for technical writing or public relations roles. A real estate sales representative can look into sales positions for other industries by emphasizing his or her transferable skills.

To compete with others who may have had more direct experience, you can level the playing field by highlighting valuable transferable skills on your resume rather than focusing just on specialized experience.

Don’t Get Hung Up on Titles

Instead of seeking out positions based on job title, it may be time to adjust your strategy or you risk limiting your prospects. Concentrate on job descriptions rather than titles. This doesn’t only apply when looking through postings, but also when it comes to branding yourself correctly on a resume.

Rather than listing a very specific job title as your objective, indicate something more general. A more general objective will broaden your appeal to recruiters and hiring managers weeding through resumes.

Don’t Fall Into The Overqualified Pile

You may have far more experience for a position than required, but you still want to be considered for the role. Downplaying your achievements is never advisable, but if you are a job seeker with “too much” experience, simply avoid going back too far on your resume. After all, highlighting accomplishments from 1976 will usually not help you anyway since it is from so long ago. Employers are most interested in your recent experience.

As a bonus, you will avoid another pitfall in the process. Discrimination of any kind is, of course, illegal, but unfortunately, it does happen. As a general rule, there is usually no compelling reason to go beyond 20 years on your resume.

Don’t Agonize Over Employment Gaps

It wasn’t too long ago when a resume reflecting any gaps in employment was taboo. It was thought to raise glaring red flags, implying something amiss in your job history. In a robust economy, it’s understandable for an employer to question why a jobseeker didn’t work for a long stretch of time. But in times like these, an abundance of well-qualified people are out of work through no fault of their own. It is simply reflective of our times.

That’s why there’s really no reason to be overly concerned about gaps in a resume — within reason. If you haven’t worked for six months, it doesn’t really require an explanation these days. If you’ve been out of work three years, that’s a different story. In such cases, it’s usually best to tactfully indicate the reason right on the resume to prevent an employer from speculating.

Minimize “Job Hopping”

In tough economic times, many jobseekers accept temporary assignments or perform consulting work as they search for permanent positions. Such experience is valuable because it not only helps pay the bills, but also demonstrates a strong work ethic and shows you are keeping your skills sharp. However, listing a series of several jobs over a short period of time on your resume could project an inaccurate image of a job hopper to an employer who is just giving your resume a preliminary glance. The best way to present this on your resume is to group consulting work together so you showcase your contributions without giving it too much valuable space, adversely impacting your overall presentation.

There’s little we can do to change the economy, but with the right strategy, your resume can help show your true worth — even in today’s tough job market.

About the Author:

Alesia Benedict, Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Job and Career Transition Coach (JCTC) is the President of GetInterviews.com, the country’s leading resume writing firm. They provide professionals with customized, branded resumes and career marketing documents. Her and her firm’s credentials include being cited by JIST Publications as one of the “best resume writers in North America,” quoted as a career expert in The Wall Street Journal, and published in a whopping 25+ career books. Established in 1994, the firm has aided more than 100,000 job seekers to date. All resume writers are certified writers. GetInterviews.com offers a free resume critique and their services come with a wonderful guarantee — interviews in 30 days or they’ll rewrite for free!

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Doostang News August 23: Some Pointers for Requesting Time Off

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Requesting time off can feel a tad awkward.  Sure, you’re entitled to a life – but does your employer know that?  Many of us encounter frustration from managers or passive aggressiveness from coworkers when we make mention of our hiatus from the office.  So what’s the best way to slip out for a week or two unscathed?  Read on:

Give Plenty of Notice

While the standard notice for leaving a job is generally two weeks, it’s best to let your boss and coworkers know about an upcoming vacation as far ahead as you can.  Sooner really is better because it gives your peers enough time to digest the news and plan ahead for it.  Doing so will also make your own life easier, as more preparation beforehand will ensure a less messy aftermath when you return.  And really, what’s worse than returning from paradise to an office where all hell has broken loose?

Put Together a Plan

It will also make everyone’s life easier if you put together a plan, including a schedule that your coworkers can follow, important deadlines, and contact information – both for the people others will need to deal with on your behalf, and for you, should any emergencies arise.  The more thorough you are upfront, the fewer frantic calls and emails you’ll have to deal with when you’re miles away.

Don’t Jet During a Busy Time

While it may be tempting to flee the office during one of the busier periods, you’ll probably anger the people you work with if you do.  It’s more considerate to plan a vacation when you know things will be slow around the office, so that others can more easily take over for you.

Don’t Overlap

If possible, gauge when your coworkers might be taking time off, so that you can make sure not to jump ship at the same time.  Worse than missing one valuable employee is missing two – or more – so try to plan your time off strategically.  It may also be helpful to have these discussions with coworkers before you book your getaway, as some bosses may deny you time off if another employee will be gone at the same time.

It’s tempting to take off and leave as little information behind as possible when you’re trying to escape the office.  But some thoughtful planning beforehand will go much farther in ensuring a well-deserved, stress-free break!

Bon voyage!
The Doostang Team

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Doostang Success – An Opportunity at a Start Up in San Francisco

Adrienne
Stanford 2007, BA Economics
Business Associate – Viagogo

“I signed up for Doostang’s premium membership at the end of my second year at a middle market investment bank. This was mid-2009, and though the market was very bleak, I knew I still wanted to look for something else. I had heard of Doostang before when I was a junior at Stanford. It had just started out of the graduate school of business, I think. Throughout my search period, I also used Stanford’s career website and some networking, gave my resume to headhunters and recruiters, and applied directly on company websites.

However, a significant majority of my interviews came from the applications I’d sent through Doostang, and none came through from the headhunters.

One of the things that I liked about Doostang is that it allows me to be proactive. If I saw something that interested me, there was nothing to stop me from just being assertive and sending my application. I didn’t have to wait and hope that a headhunter would like my resume and background enough to pass on my application to an employer who otherwise would not have had a chance to know I existed.

Applying through Doostang’s website was extremely easy, and sometimes I would get an email with an interview offer hours after I’d sent my application.

Another feature that I found very helpful was the ability to save searches and then have them emailed to me everyday. During the search process I was still working for my old firm, and sometimes I was too busy to go to Doostang and do the searches myself. Having the searches emailed to me daily allowed me to quickly glance at the list of relevant results and bookmark the ones that I would go back to apply for later on. In each saved search email was also a section called “Jobs you might have missed” which were results that might not have fit my criteria exactly but might be close, or they were postings from a day or two ago. These were very useful features because they allowed me to feel that I was still actively searching for opportunities even when I was busy rather than letting opportunities slip by. I felt informed and aware.

I relied on Doostang almost entirely for finding out about job postings and getting interviews. Doostang was good for learning about the breath of opportunities available so that I never really felt like I didn’t have any leads to pursue – so many new jobs are posted everyday.

Through Doostang, I was able to find out about an opportunity at a start up in San Francisco and have recently accepted the offer. This is the type of job that I have been looking for since I started the search process, and I couldn’t be happier.

It is actually a bit of a pleasant surprise that I learned about the opportunity from Doostang, a site that I had gotten used to thinking was geared towards the traditional finance track. However, without Doostang, I probably wouldn’t have known about the opportunity because the start up was going through the personal referrals method before posting on Doostang. I had not seen the opportunity through Stanford’s career website or elsewhere. I am just as happy now to get off the post-ibanking track of corporate development, private equity and hedge funds to explore something entirely different – strategy and operations at an exciting start up.”


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Financial Analyst – Top-Tier Investment Advisor, New York, NY

Consultant – Leading Global Consultancy Firm, San Francisco, CA

Pre-MBA Associate – Top Tier Global Asset Management Firm, Dallas, TX

Research Associates – Premier Economic Consulting Firm, Washington, DC

Analyst – Prominent Private Equity Firm, New York, NY

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Happy Job Searching!

The Doostang Team

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Doostang News July 26: How Transferable Skills Acquired in the Classroom can be Valuable to Your Resume

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One of the challenges recent graduates often face is that they have very little work experience.  They leave college armed with all the knowledge and enthusiasm vital to the workplace, but have a much harder time filling up their resume.  The solution?  Focus on transferable skills acquired from the classroom that can be applied to the workplace:

Communication

Classrooms are rife with opportunities for communication.  Any time students collaborate on a project, share their views on an article, or review and peer edit papers, they are engaging in prime communication skills that are ideally suited for the workplace.

Meeting Deadlines

Deadlines are one of the main tenets of college education, and though many college students spend a good chunk of their academic careers procrastinating, the ability to ultimately get things done on time is a sign of a valuable employee.

Multi-tasking

Students may not feel it, but they are excellent multi-taskers.  Any individual who can juggle several classes, sports, activities, and a social life is a person who can bring an equal sense of balance to their busy life in the workplace.

Research

It often seems that the majority of what a student does in college is research.  All of those long hours spent in the library prepare you for research you may have to do on the job.  More than this, the research skills of a recent graduate are probably much more fresh than those of a seasoned employee who hasn’t stepped into the reference section of a library in years.

Adaptability

College years are some of the most shifting, unpredictable years of an individual’s life.  First, that person is uprooted from their home, then they are placed into a foreign environment with many unfamiliar people and are left to fend for themselves, often for the first time in their lives.  Someone who is able to successfully make it out of this situation unscathed can certainly take on the corporate world, learn to adapt to a new office environment and work with peers.


While listing the transferable skills that you acquired at college may not seem as convincing as listing job experience on a resume, hiring managers understand that you are young and haven’t had as much time out in the workforce.  Moreover, they also know that college, in and of itself, is practically a full-time job.  Always remember to focus on what you know and what you’re good at, and take pride in the fact that as an individual new to the working world, you have a fresh, creative, unbiased outlook on the market because that is often what a company is looking for.

Until next time,

The Doostang Team

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Doostang Success — Time Efficient Job Searching

Andrew
NYU Stern, 2007
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Doostang is a platform that excels in time-efficient job searching.  I used it because the posts on the site are high quality and organized in such a way that I was not forced to slog through useless posts.  A better organized site is worth the money — especially when your time is constrained by long finance hours.

I simply applied through the website’s standard platform, was contacted by the firm, and got the job!”


Here’s a small sample of the exceptional jobs you’ll find on Doostang:

Investment Analyst – Leading Hedge Fund, New York, NY
Healthcare Strategy Consultant – Leading Business Strategy Consulting Firm, Boston, MA
Operations Associate – Prominent Investment Management Firm, San Francisco, CA
Business Advisory Services Manager – Top Consulting Company, Nationwide
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Happy Job Searching!

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Doostang New Jobs This Week: July 5 – 11

Doostang has thousands of highly sought after positions at companies like Google, Goldman Sachs, Bain Capital, Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts, Summit Partners, Time Warner, Facebook, and more. Looking to get ahead in your job search? Be the first to apply to these exceptional NEW jobs just posted on Doostang.


Investment Junior Analyst, New York, NY One of the Nation’s Strongest & Largest Labor-Management Funds seeks Investment Junior Analyst.


Paralegal, New York, NY – Preeminent Law Firm seeks Paralegal.


Investment Analyst, New York, NY – Prominent investment management firm is looking for a Junior Investment Analyst.


Associate Product Manager, Palo Alto, CA – Fast-growing mobile retail startup is looking for an Associate Product Manager.


Analyst, Los Angeles, CA – Premier healthcare consulting firm is looking for an Analyst to join its Los Angeles office.


Consultant, Chicago, IL – Innovative Consulting Firm seeks Consultant.


Entrepreneur / Analyst, Boston, MA – Cutting Edge Financial Research and Investment Platform is Looking For Exceptional Candidates to Join Its Team as an Entrepreneur/Analyst.

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Resume Strategies for Career Changers

By Alesia Benedict, CPRW, JCTC GetInterviews.com

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Are you considering a change in direction in your career? If so, you are not alone. Economic downturns often result in consideration of new, more lucrative career directions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American will change jobs at least ten times over his/her lifetime and will make a complete career change three times. A thirty-year career with one or two companies is no longer the norm. People move, change jobs, change companies, and change their minds on a regular basis about what they want to do with their working life. Handling that change on the resume can pose a challenge to job seekers.

In the past couple of years, we’ve seen many people who have lost their careers due to the economic situation. Mortgage, real estate, and construction industries have dried up from underneath the professionals who worked in them. As a result, these individuals and professionals in other distressed industries are often seeking to return to a career field in which they previously worked, posing a resume challenge.

Returning to a prior career field creates an organizational problem with the resume, especially if the most recent career field is not well-related to the earlier one. How can you show the employer you have good experience in business analysis, for instance, if the first thing they see on the resume is your experience in mortgage sales? The challenge faced is establishing the focus of the resume from the start. That means a powerful summary and core competencies section right at the top.

A summary is the most important part of the resume. It has to establish the focus of the job search, show how you are qualified for that focus, and engage the reader to read further into the resume. If the summary does not engage the interest of the reader, he/she will not give the rest of the resume the attention needed to clinch the call for an interview. In a career change situation, the summary is even more important because it has to do double duty – persuade the reader to continue reading and set the idea in the mind of the reader the job seeker has the right qualifications, even if they are not exemplified in the most recent employment experience.

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.

It’s not just what you’ve done in your career; it’s what you’ve achieved. When making a career shift, showing good performance can help you make the jump, even if the performance is not in your new career field. Skills will take you only so far and then it’s more a matter of attitude, drive, and willingness to learn. You can show those traits by demonstrating how you’ve performed well in your career to-date. Employers are more likely to give an opportunity to someone who shows drive than someone who just shows skills on the resume.

Career-change resumes can be challenging to construct. Make sure you understand clearly what the requirements of your target job will be in terms of both hard skills and soft skills. Look at your experience clearly to identify what will transfer well. Identify points of achievement that demonstrate an attitude of ambition. Coalesce all this into a document that sells your performance while showing your transferable skills and you will have a winning career-change resume.

About the Author:

Alesia Benedict, Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Job and Career Transition Coach (JCTC) is the President of GetInterviews.com, the country’s leading resume writing firm. They provide professionals with customized, branded resumes and career marketing documents. Her and her firm’s credentials include being cited by JIST Publications as one of the “best resume writers in North America,” quoted as a career expert in The Wall Street Journal, and published in a whopping 25+ career books. Established in 1994, the firm has aided more than 100,000 job seekers to date. All resume writers are certified writers. GetInterviews.com offers a free resume critique and their services come with a wonderful guarantee — interviews in 30 days or they’ll rewrite for free!

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