Job-seekers anguish about their branding, but the association who anguish about it the best are bodies who are aggravating to change careers.
They admiration whether hiring managers will accede them for accessible positions back their resumes don’t assume to appearance any accordant acquaintance in their pasts.
Here are some of the branding questions that accumulate career-changers up at night:
• “I’m able and aboveboard in my acceptable field, but there are no jobs in that acreage anymore. That’s why I’m alteration careers — but why would a hiring administrator accept me over somebody who’s already formed in their action and industry?”
• “I’m 52 and I’m alteration careers — or aggravating to. So far I haven’t had abundant success. I’ve had headhunters acquaint me ‘You’re a tech startup guy. Why would a healthcare close accede you?’”
• “Recruiters can’t see the appliance of my accomplishments to the jobs they’re aggravating to ample — so I’m abashed hiring managers won’t see me as a applicable candidate.”
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I accomplished a branch about job chase and claimed branding. One of the branch participants, Jonas, was in the average of a career change.
“Can I apprehend you the Arbitrary from the top of my resume?” he asked. “Sure!” I said.
Here’s what he apprehend to us:
Sixteen years acquaintance practicing contract, bookish acreage and absolute acreage law. Now I’m attractive to move into a accumulated training or advisory architecture role.
I asked the accumulation “What do you anticipate of Jonas’ resume summary?”
They said “Jonas is acutely a acute and able guy, but why would a hiring administrator who’s amenable for a Training or Advisory Architecture aggregation appetite a advocate in their department?”
Jonas said “All these 16 years while I’ve been practicing law, I’ve additionally been arch training courses. I like teaching a lot added than I like actuality an attorney. It’s added fun and it’s added satisfying, and I apperceive I’m acceptable at it.”
Jonas fabricated a accepted branding mistake. He branded himself based on what he’s been doing, rather than branding himself for the job he’s attractive for.
We can calmly accept why Jonas began the aboriginal abstract of his Human-Voiced Resume Arbitrary with his accreditation as a lawyer. Best of us feel best adequate talking about areas in which we are already credible, and Jonas was absolutely aboveboard as a lawyer.
What Jonas didn’t apprehend is that he is additionally aboveboard as a trainer — or at atomic he will be aboveboard as a trainer the moment he believes he is!
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We rewrote Jonas’ Human-Voiced Resume Arbitrary to apprehend this way:
I’m a Trainer and Advisory Designer who specializes in simplifying close technical, acknowledged and operational accountable amount for amateur to accomplished learners.
In this adaptation of his resume Summary, Jonas claims his Trainer and Advisory Designer status. Why shouldn’t he? He becoming it over 16 continued years!
I said to Jonas “I accept little boys. I’m abiding I accept a cream cast in my car. I can go get it and you can get bottomward on one knee so I can dub you a Trainer if you want.”
Jonas said “That is the key, isn’t it? I didn’t feel adequate calling myself a Trainer alike admitting I’ve been designing and carrying training for years — until you said ‘You are a trainer!’”
The key to branding yourself for a career change is to alarm yourself as a being who is already in the acreage you ambition to enter.
You accept accordant accomplishments to about any acreage you appetite to get into, but no one will see the appliance until you see it aboriginal and alarm it out in your resume.
You cannot baptize yourself a lawyer, absolute acreage agent, doctor or CPA unless you’ve becoming the adapted credentials. There are added career paths that you charge get permission to accompany — but there are not abounding of them.
You can alarm yourself an HR being if you’ve been accomplishing HR-type work. You don’t charge anyone’s permission for that! You can alarm yourself a bookkeeper or a purchasing agent.
Don’t be abashed to cast yourself for the jobs you appetite whether you’ve been in the acreage for years or you’re attractive for your aboriginal job in the field. Claim your stories! Nobody on this apple has your belief — alone you.
Liz Ryan is CEO/founder of Human Workplace and columnist of Reinvention Roadmap. Follow her on Twitter and apprehend Forbes columns. Liz’s book Reinvention Roadmap is here.
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