Volunteer Your Time to Strength Your Employment Horizons High Level Education is Like Gold to Potential Employers: Show if Off!
May 02

You might think that a new graduate resume and an entry-level resume are the same, but that isn’t necessarily so. If you are switching to an entirely new career, you may be targeting an entry-level job in your new field. Your approach to writing your resume would be vastly different from a new graduate’s approach, because you already have job experience that may help you in your job search.

The first major difference is the location of your educational information. If you are a new graduate, your education section will appear near the top of your resume – typically directly under your resume. For a career change resume, education will appear after the job history.

New grads should focus on college coursework, internships, co-ops, major school projects and research studies that are related to the job objective. This will not be the case for all entry-level resumes, especially for candidates without a college education or who are switching to a new field. In such a case, volunteer experience can be useful to illustrate important personal attributes – such as leadership.

Also, for a career change resume into a new field, a “transferable skills” section is useful to describe work functions that you do well in your current career that are also important in your new career. These might include interpersonal skills, critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills, or team building.

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