Posts Tagged ‘changing industries’

“You’d be Great for this Job!”

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Or, “I’m definitely going to submit you.” 

How many times have you heard these words during your job search?

I’ve heard many transitioning executives tell me they were hopeful they would be chosen for a position because the hiring manager, HR leader, recruiter (fill in the blank) told them this.  However, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard it hasn’t worked out, because they are too numerous to mention.

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Head Trash That Can Hurt Your Job Search

Monday, April 5th, 2010

I don’t think I’ll surprise anyone by saying that it can be very difficult to find a job today. In fact, if you’re from an industry that’s been devastated or tarnished like the mortgage sector, then it might be close to impossible to re-brand yourself.  People from the real estate sector aren’t finding work in their field, and are finding it very hard to change industries after many years of success.  The tech sector is doing okay, and alternative energy/green jobs seem to still be doing okay, however they want people from those fields and would rather not settle for an industry changer.  Even the med device space, which is doing well today, still wants folks from their industry rather than an industry changer, especially if you’re out of work.  In fact, companies are looking askance at out of work job seekers, so the microscope is on you even more.

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Changing Industries – Why and How?

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

I asked Kelsey Richards, Program Coordinator for the McDermott & Bull Executive Network, about a “burning question” that she often gets from different members of our group. With 1500 executive level members and growing, we have a diverse group that has many different career objectives, so we find it to be a relevant melting pot of job search ideas and challenges.

One question that tends to come up frequently is, “If I wanted to change industries and my resume doesn’t speak to that industry, how can I accomplish this?” I know some industries are still in a declining state, while others seem to be growing. We all want to work in growing, expanding, and challenging fields, but with no experience, how can we market ourselves to companies in those fields?

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