Given the “new normal” of industries quickly evolving and changing in today’s market, many job seekers want to change industries but are not sure how to use their resume and LinkedIn profile to help them do so.

Here are a few practices that can help transition your profile and knowledge to effectively target job opportunities in a new industry:

1) Review Target Job Requirements- Identify and Elevate Your Matching Skills

Read multiple target job descriptions. This exercise will allow you to gain an understanding of what the new path will require and help you identify alignments between the keywords and skills required and those you possess. Once you have discovered the similarities, elevate your most relevant skills (hard and soft) in the summary or experience areas of your resume and LinkedIn profile, so they stand out to a hiring manager or recruiter.

2) Speak to Parallel Practices- Consider Company Size, Segments, Regulations and Sectors

There are many parallel areas in seemingly unrelated industries. Take healthcare, life sciences, aerospace & financial services. What do they have in common? They are all highly regulated fields. Recruiters from highly regulated fields will often consider hiring candidates who are from other highly regulated fields, especially if you elevate this similarity on your profile.

Business sectors and segments are another area of symmetry. If you are from a startup, other startups may be interested because they know you have worn many hats and, perhaps, worked at a frantic pace much as they do. Same with a midmarket, a small enterprise or Fortune 1000 global company in the private sector or public sector in government.

Industries that don’t seem related can be more related than you think. Perhaps the industry you are from is comprised of companies of a similar size and scope that make up your target industry. Perhaps both industries require working with cross-functional teams. If so, and you possess this skill, this bullet should be elevated.

3) Take Part in Industry Forums and Networking Groups

Industry forums and networking groups are a great resource to learn about a target industry and make connections in the field. You will quickly be able to learn about the current needs of companies in the target field including complexities and priorities. You will also be able to gather more information about the type of talent sought and the requirements to be impactful and successful.

4) Take Advantage of Free Training & Certifications

Many platforms like LinkedIn, Coursera, Khan Academy and local, State/Provincial and Federal Departments of Labor, (as well as a host of other training providers), offer FREE courseware and Certifications on a variety of industry topics. Search for what you seek, and you will not be disappointed.

5) Strengthen Your Skills

Actually, this works for anyone changing jobs, but it is especially useful to career changers. Those who demonstrate current activity and the pursuit of knowledge in a field they are targeting show initiative and willingness to learn that is genuine and quantifiable.

Happy Hunting!!!

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