How to write your CV and cover letter if you are changing careers

Career changer? Worried about how to get your foot on the ladder doing something different? Don’t be – just follow these CV tips and you’ll give yourself every chance of making the change. Let’s face facts: If you are changing careers it’s more than likely most of your competitors will have more obvious relevant experience than you. That’s unavoidable I’m afraid. But if you play your cards right you can use your transferable skills and achievements to bridge that gap. Here’s how:- Structure your CV so it focuses on your skills – not experience The first thing on every CV will be your personal details. Exactly which details to include here may depend on your situation so give us a call or email if you have any questions. After that, you should write a strong, focused profile which cherry picks your strongest selling points. Nine times out of ten this is the first section employers take a proper look at so it’s crucial it’s written well and relevant to the position you are applying for. If you are applying for a similar job to the one you already have, there’s every chance you’ll go straight into your work history next, in reverse chronological order. However, if you are reading this blog there’s a good chance you are a career changer, in which case things are different in your brave new world so listen up. You should include a key skills or achievements section here – probably broken up into bullet points. This will give you the chance to shout about transferable skills and impressive achievements without getting caught up...