How do you face the resume writing process when the job you’re looking for bears almost no relationship to your professional experience? This is the question we face when we go through a complete mid-life career change, which more than half of us will do at some point during our working lives.
The decision to change careers is often brave, intense, and a vital move for our personal growth and lifelong happiness. The transition typically means leaving years of accumulated experience points behind and heading back to school to start something new from the ground up. It can also mean changing directions mid-stream; instead of taking the predictable step from junior to senior marketing manager, some of us make a lateral move from junior marketing manager to a junior position on the product development team.
In either case, applying for a position can be challenging for an applicant with great enthusiasm but no real world experience. And an attention-getting resume can be the first big hurdle. How can you show an employer that you’re ready and willing to start something new?