Friday, June 10, 2011

Talking yourself into a new career

Want to do something else? HAVE to do something else? But don’t think you have the experience?

Eric Gembarowski, AZ Republic, May 1, 2011, says to translate your skills. Research? Computer? Writing? Marketing? Selling? You have them--think about it.

Craft your resume to the job. If they say, “Team player,” you say, “I worked on a team of 10 people and we netted a million in sales.”

Of course, network. This says network on Linked In.

Research the company—this is in every list. Do it.

Don’t be afraid to bring up your lack of direct skills. If you lack experience because you were in school, say that. If you have a skill but in a different industry—say that.

Emphasize the training you do have.

You are the product. Sell yourself.

What is the worst that can happen? No answer. No second interview. Big whup. Move on. There could be a million reasons and your lack of direct experience may not even be one.

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