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QUESTION: What do I write on my resume if I don’t have any experience in the job field I’m applying to?

 

Nancy Grant, Regional Career & Employment Services

Easy. Focus on your transferable skills. Make sure you know what skills are important for the field you are applying and what qualifications are necessary. Choose achievements that are relatable and demonstrate your ability to succeed in other settings. Lastly, do an informational interview with someone in the field to get feedback on what skills you offer that would be relevant to highlight.

Cathy Lanzalaco, Inspire Careers

Focus on transferable skills when applying for jobs outside of your work experience. Think hard skills, like coding and data analysis, or soft skills like communication and relationship building. Check the job posting to identify the skills needed for the new job. If you have taken training, gained certifications, or had any informal experience in the job field you are applying to, include those.

Mary Jo King, Alliance Résumé & Writing Service

First, mine job posts for keywords and requirements. Create a brief summary of qualifications that highlights your transferable skills and matching requirements. This strategy allows you to present at the top of your document any relevant experience from earlier in your career. You may also acquire online courses to make up for shortfalls in experience and reflect this training on your new resume.

Grant Cooper, Strategic Resumes & Business Plans

Presumably, you are not an entry-level jobseeker. Nearly all jobs at mid to senior levels have a variety of transferable skills. Most involve, to one degree or another, the elements of quality assurance, resource budgeting, professional communications, stakeholder relations, compliance, and much more. In addition to highlighting those, consider volunteering in a relevant area in your spare time.

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