Post # 1
After being unemployed for over a year, I’ve come to the point where I am looking for work well outside my previous career in real estate. My line of work was a ‘speciality’ – and I’m finding that positions outside of the industry don’t seem to have interest in my qualifications – nor do they directly relate my previous success to being a solid employee capable of delivering consistent results.
Any advice on ways I might be able to tailor my cover letter to show why I’d be a strong candidate? Anything you think I should avoid?
Post # 3
All I can think of is make sure you really make it clear how interested you are in the industry/field of the job you’re applying to. Everyone loves someone with enthusiasm. Try to dig deep and find ways that your old career somehow (even if it’s loosely) applies to the new career.
Have you considered visiting a career center? They would probably be much more knowledgeable!!
Post # 4
I was out of work for 14 months, got a new job in Mid March, and June 3 was laid off-due to not enough work. I feel your pain! How I managed to actually get the job was relating all of my past work experience to what the new job entailed. Both were in the same industry, but different positions, it was also for a company I had worked for previously. Good Luck!!
Post # 5
Changing careers can be difficult. You say you were sucessful in real Estate but you didn’t mention what type of jobs you are currently applying for. I would imagine your skills would be transferable to other sales positions. Do you have any specific training other than a real estate liscence? If so, I would try to divert focus from past experience to qualifications. Also, you sound like a good candidate to include an objective or statement of motication at the top of your resume if you are not submitting a cover letter. Otherwise, I would make it very clear in the cover letter that you ai to make a career change from real estate to XX in order to seek out a new challeng, etc. Specific to your resume, it seems like you could benefit by including a few bullet points describing transferable skills from each of your past jobs i.e. sucessfully managed a protfolio valued at XX (I don’t really know anythign abotu real estate so make it sound good but also clear that you have skills that would be valuable in another job)
I see a lot of resumes in my job and, to me, clearity is key. I know everyone always told me to make it as easy as possible for a company to see the important parts of your resume but it really is true. If I have to look for information, I’m already frustrated with the candidate.
Finally, I would suggest talking to friends (including facebook friends) lettign them know you are open to a career change and see if anyone knows of an open position where they work. A personal recommendation goes a long way, particuarly in a small-medium company and maybe they have not mentioned anything to you because they didn’t think you would be interested in their field.
Post # 6
Is it the type of industry that would accept a volunteer? Getting to know them and having them see you in action may help.
Post # 7
It’s nice to see you back on the boards every now and then! Sorry the job situation is giving you difficulty. I can’t say if I have any good advice for this situation since I have never switched careers, though I was extremely nervous about applying for my PhD in a Social Science with a background in a Humanity and Education. I basically focused my application statements on the transferrable skills each program had given me. I was also able to explain how blending my two background fields had guided me in the direction of the “new” field, so maybe you could talk about how you found your new area and why you think you’d be a good fit.