5 skills you should include in your resume when changing your career

BetsyRandall By BetsyRandall, 13th Feb 2018 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Your CV should have a small section where you describe the main skills you possess. This is a chance for you to write the main skills you feel you have that are applicable to your new chosen career path. In this article, we will discuss where you can find the necessary skills to discuss for your new career in your resume.


Changing a career can be a very stressful time for a person. The fact of the matter is that it can seem like all the skills you have learned from a previous career are now redundant in your new career path. However, this is simply not true. Even if the more technical aspects of your previous career may not be relevant, there are many soft skills that you pick up that can apply to any job.

The first tip that everyone will give you for the job hunt in your new career is to write a resume that is tailored specifically to that sector. This is a good piece of advice as a generic resume may not allow you to fully describe all the skills you have that are applicable to the sector within which your new career falls under. In fact, it won’t take long to find out how to take notes like a pro.

Skills From Education

Your education may have had a large proponent that may have taught you some technical skills needed for your new career. College is split into many different subjects and modules. The best advice for you is to have a look at some of the technical knowledge required in your new career and see whether or not some of this knowledge was covered during college.

To see whether or not you learned any of these skills it is best to go back and loo through the modules you took during college. These can usually be found on your degree transcript. If any of the modules sound like they taught your any knowledge applicable to your new career, then you should revisit your course notes.

Skills From Previous Career

There are many skills you will have picked up from your previous career that you can apply to your new chosen career. Again, as with the skills attained from education, have a good look at the job description of the entry level roles available in your new career.

These job descriptions will also have a person description for the type of people employers are looking to hire. Outside of technical skills, they will also write down other skills needed for the job. These can be, for example, a person who is outgoing or someone with experience of working in a large team.

Any of these skills could have been picked up from your previous career and these can also apply to your new career. Ensure that you write these skills in your resume and that they are highlighted and clear to see for the recruiter. Another way to bring these skills to the attention of recruiters is by making a separate cover letter attached to your resume. This cover letter will go into detail about how you have used these skills and why they will be important to your new career. Recruiters want to see candidates who are knowledgeable of the skills that are needed and know the intricacies of using these skills on the job. Actually, it’s not too difficult to write a CV for a new career change.


Most jobs involve teamwork and this is a skill that any recruiter will not look down upon, especially if your new career involves a large teamwork component to it. Make sure to add your best experiences working in a team and how successful this experience way. Ensure to hammer home how much you enjoy working in a team and the successes you have had due to it.

Computer Skills

This is ever more relevant if you are moving from one type of office career to the other. Computer skills can come in handy. Ensure to write down general programmes that are applicable to most office jobs such as Microsoft Excel, Outlook and Word skills. These, especially Excel and Outlook, are very appreciated by employers.


Communication skills are highly valued by employers. Even if your new career is not client facing or focused on customers, employers always appreciate having someone in their organization who is sociable and interacts with the other employees at the organization. They also want you to be communicating with your manager constantly so it is a good idea to highlight your communication skills. Also bring up examples from your previous career where you have had to use effective communication.


Employers love someone who is flexible and adaptable. The truth is, especially at the start of your new career, you may not necessarily always work on the job you applied for. Sometimes, you may be required to help out in other areas. Again, used examples from your previous career to highlight how you adapt to new working environments and to doing tasks outside of your normal tasks.

Time Keeping

Again, it does not matter what your new career entails, but showing evidence of time keeping is applicable to virtually every job out there. Employers like someone who is reliable, punctual and can be relied upon to arrive on time and finish their tasks in a timely manner. You can use examples to emphasize your time keeping abilities from your previous job.


As you can see, there are various general skills that you can talk about in your resume and interview. You will not be expected to know all the technical skills that are used in your new career as you will be applying for entry level roles and you will learn all the knowledge and skills you need while on the job. Therefore you should make sure to highlight all the positive soft skills you have learned from your previous career.


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author avatar Len Addington
19th Feb 2018 (#)

Thank you for your article 5 Skills You Should Include in Your Resume When Changing Your Career. I have written articles related to working in the Human Services field, and some of the experiences to anticipate. I will be reading your other articles.

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