As a career changer, you have nothing
you are trying to hide.
stance is that you’ve been successful in the past and that the skills
you’ve developed are transferable. Your resume needs to clearly
demonstrate success right away. Develop a resume with a longer summary
(no more than one-half to two-thirds of a page, however), and provide
evidence of your skills in sub-paragraphs underneath your past jobs.
example, if you are attempting to move from project management into a
sales management role, include paragraphs describing your customer
interaction after you have mentioned your key responsibilities, as
Led teams of 15 to 50, including site managers, foremen and skilled
trades, on projects ranging from two months to two years and with total
budgets of as large as $22-million. 1999 to 2006.
Responsible for creating and overseeing project budgets.
project was brought in 7% under budget, and only 9% exceeded initial
Hired direct staff for projects and selected outside contractors,
sometimes staffing two-year projects in less than four weeks. Four
skilled trades I hired were promoted to foreman, and two foremen were
promoted to site manager roles.
called on prospective customers with sales staff, resulting in
$87-million in contracts won, including four Staples store makeovers
and expansions to two Lahey Clinic outpatient centers.
Assisted business development staff with the more technical aspects of
proposals on all jobs that I ultimately led, and wrote proposals for
20% of the projects for which I later became responsible.
that in this example the first sub-paragraphs describe the major
job duties, the duties that are traditonally associated with project
management. The customer responsibilites are mentioned afterwards - if
she had led off with, or only included Business Development
and Proposal Development
as her sub paragraphs after the basic descritpion of her job, the
resume would have seemed phony and contrived to make her job appear to have been
mostly a sales position. At the same time, the other paragraphs show
that she has basic business, team building and leadership acumen. (See Writing
a Resume That Really
Shows Who You Are
for a more in-depth example of how to develop a resume that
while also putting them in context by connecting them to past
and current jobs).
aiming at several new fields, that means you should have a
differently-languaged resume for each field.