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I am being made redundant and am looking to change career. I have worked for 26 years in the arts sector, most recently as an events manager. How should I write my cv to stand the best chance that it will be looked at if I am trying other sectors? I am thinking of moving into the technology sector.
A lot of people are changing sectors at the moment, so don’t feel what you are doing is unusual.
Spend time talking to people in your target sector to really get under the skin of jobs you find interesting, and find out what terminology needs to be in your CV. Describe your transferable skills in language that organisations not only understand, but get excited about.
In-depth research not only decodes jobs for you, but also shows that you are committed to change. This is reinforced by any kind of work experience/ internship you can arrange.
Manage the opening of your CV and LinkedIn profile so you stress the skills and experience that should work well in a new role – for example, use of IT, problem solving and customer service.
*John Lees is one of the UK’s best-known career strategists and author of 15 books on work and careers. Formerly Chief Executive of the Institute of Employment Consultants, John’s expertise as a careers specialist is also sought by a wide range of commercial organisations, universities and business schools. www.johnleescareers.com