Sell Your Skills, Not Your Degree

Sell Your Skills, Not Your Degree

Everyone develops skills beyond what is taught in the textbooks, so there is no need to return to school each time we want to switch careers. We look widely at our skill sets if we decide to make a career change, and convince prospective employers outside our current fields.

When we make a career change, it is imperative we decide what we want our next career move to be.

Firstly, list down you look for in the new career. If sitting down in a cubicle eight hours a day bothers you, write down something like “involves being out of desk at least four hours a day”. Also, think about factors like whether you prefer a job that requires you to travel as well as working in teams or independently.

Then, make a research utilizing descriptions of what you look for in your next career. Avoid jobs you know that conflicts your interest. With your research results, shortlist five careers that fit at least half of the things you want and build a skills-based resume.

Engaging university career centers help as they provide career tests to see where you are suited. If you are lucky, you may even get a job placement right there and then.

Another alternative is through volunteering in non-profit organizations. Since being a volunteer means you work for free, you are tasked with as many responsibilities as you wish to. You will also be provided with an added supervision. Inform volunteer coordinators what you are skilled at to help them designate tasks.

To create a skills-based resume, the first step is to list down every job you had. In each job, mention at least five tasks you held. Under every task, indicate how you completed it. Look for the details by adding specifics.

Next, choose the new career fields that interest you. Put in the information of your skills one by one. This decides the exact position that pairs with your current skills. Shortlist five job listings and review the descriptions.

Afterward, select two skills you have that match the job listings you shortlisted. Add in separate skills you have that fit descriptions of this new job into your resume. For example, if you are a merchandising manager, include skills like organization and market analysis into the resume for an event planning position. Then, add a list of your achievements with regards to these skills you have.

In this resume, include your name, address, and contact information at the top. Cap your objective to a short sentence that goes in sync with the position you are applying — write what you want to do for the company. To have your skills stand out more than your degree, section your educational achievements below the skills. Summarize your experience by listing all jobs and volunteer positions after you graduated and dates of employment. This resume is maximum one page.

Almost everyone changes career at least once. If we had to go back to school every time we change a career, or job title should be a lifetime student. Utilize your skills to propel you into a new career field, not your degree.




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