CV Template Career Change

A career change can seem daunting at first, especially if we have only known one industry our entire professional lives. No need to worry, you are in the right hands here at CV Creator as we have put together CV templates for any career change! From contact details, to personal statement and work experiences, we cover all aspects.

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Why a Career Change?

When you have worked in a particular industry for numerous years and feel you have reached all your desired goals. These were set out when you first started and feel the need to try something new, then a career change is the next step forward. In adddition, as have you have been in the same industry for many years, you are probably wondering how to go about creating a career change CV? Don’t worry, we have put together a few key guidelines for the perfect career change CV template.

  1. Contact Details: As always, it is very important to enlist your personal contact details at the top of your CV. This is to make sure any employer or recruiter can contact you to arrange an interview at the earliest convenience.
  2. Personal Statement: Your personal statement should always be tailored for the role in question. For instance, this is is especially the case if you are seeking to change careers completely. Even though you will make use of your cover letter to outline your motives for a career change, make sure to outline your core competences.  These are the skills you will be able to transfer from past experiences into your new role.
  3. Employment History: To ensure you are on the right track for employers, list all your important job roles and achievements accomplishments. Ideally, in reverse chronological order. This allows the recruiter to determine the level of progression you have achieved in your previous career. Even if you are seeking a career change, it is still important to highlight your successes and achievements when occupying various job roles. For example, any KPI’s or key events where you succeeded or received appraisal from the company for the work provided should always be noted. A career change CV is highly dependent on showcasing prior successes. Additionally, it is key to demonstrate in a clear manner how these will be transferred.
  4. Education: If you already have 20 years of experience in your career, stating your educational background may seem  irrelevant. However, recruiters are always keen to see what you were trained for at the very beginning of your career. Similarly, write in reverse chronological order, enlist all qualifications and degrees you have earned whilst in education. Grade classification for each diploma or degree should also be given. After that, for each qualification or degree, outline two or three core modules to demonstrate your knowledge. Finally, showcase how they may be relevant for the role you are currently seeking.
  5. Hobbies: Finally, make sure to include a small paragraph for all your hobbies and interests. It is a part of the CV which is often neglected, much to the detriment of the candidate as it is a great way to distinguish yourself . Additionally, it only takes a common interest between you and the employer for you to jump at the top of the list of candidates. Furthermore, hobbies demonstrate personality and what you like doing in your free time. So make sure to write down what passions you in your spare time. 

 

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