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Changing Careers and could use some suggestions with Resume

By mrzilla69 ·

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Good news, bad news

by amcol In reply to Changing Careers and coul ...

First the bad news.

Throw your resume away. It will get you nowhere and it needs SO much work I can't even figure out where to start.

Now the good news.

You don't need a resume, as a matter of fact in your situation a resume will get in your way. You have virtually no experience to speak of in the field you wish to enter, which means your many years of experience in other areas are meaningless and will be a distraction in any job interview.

You need a more creative approach. Take on a volunteer money, but you'll gain needed experience and credibility. Sign up with an agency that specializes in entry level jobs, which will probably mean you'll have to take some coursework they'll offer but that's to your advantage anyway. Find a very, very small company (less than five people) who can barely afford to pay you a living wage but will view you as the best they can get under the circumstances, stay there for a year to gain that experience and credibility you need and then move on.

Don't view yourself as a "normal" job seeker. You're 37 years old and starting all over again, which means all you have to offer is maturity, life experience, and some meaningless certifications (that wasn't meant disrespectfully, it just means your certs are reflective of knowledge gained in the classroom or from books and not from actual professional experience). Don't spin your wheels competing with 22 year olds who will be going after the same'll lose every time, you'll get discouraged, and your new career will die before you can get it going. Think out of the box.

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It's who you know not what you know

by brj1980 In reply to Changing Careers and coul ...

Hi there. The truth is with no experience in the I.T. field, the only way you will get a job is if you know someone. In your classes, talk to the instructors about positions they know of and see if you can get a letter of recommendation. Also get to know your peers. I'm sure some of them are currently working in the I.T. field and they might be able to recommend you for an opening at their company. Or you can do what I did and that is get an internship. My first tech job was working for a university, supporting 15 servers and over 250 users under supervision of course. Even though I only got payed $7.75 p/hr, the experience was priceless and obviously now I make a-lot more than that. And how did I get that job??? Of course through an instructors recommendation.

Then after my internship was up, I had 1 year of experience under my belt with the B.S. degree. So then I was able to get a job through my proven skills, not by knowing someone.

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It's use the skills

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Changing Careers and coul ...

you've got to position yourself time.
'tricians who know their way around computing are worth their weight in gold in things like the manufacturing industry. PLC / Intelligient instruments and SCADA is what you want to pick up. A lot of them are ethernet based now. They need to be networked very well particularly in 24/7 high speed environments. I trained four 'tricians up on the software side at a steel mill. Must have done a good job because they got rid of me as I wasn't a 'trician.

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One more question

by mrzilla69 In reply to Changing Careers and coul ...

I really appeciate all of the help and criticism all of you have given me. I will definately take it all into consideration. I do however have one more question. Amcol said

"First the bad news.

Throw your resume away. It will get you nowhere and it needs SO much work I can't even figure out where to start."

1. No matter how creative or "out of the box thinking" I get won't I ALWAYS need a resume. I mean, doesn't everybody ask for resumes?

2. I'm definately new to the whole resume writing stuff and have read a few things on how to construct a resume for career changers. So I guess my question is, is it really THAT bad. Where should I go pointers incase I do need a resume?

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by RB_ITProfessional In reply to One more question

I think the point made was that your resume doesn't have any real world IT experience on it. To combat that, the solution would be to get as much of that IT experience as you can to add to the resume. Volunteering is definitely one way. Internships are another way. Overall, the point is to be able to quantify exactly WHAT you can do for a potential employer. I was in the same boat when I first started in IT as well. I was fortunate enough to get a job on a helpdesk making very little money, but earning a great deal of experience. Up to that point, I had NO IT experience on my resume at all. Best of luck to you. Let us know how it works out.

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by jdmercha In reply to One more question

The resume can work if you target a different job. True, with no real world IT experience you need to make a contact before you hand them your resume. From the other side of things, consider searching for a slightly different job that can get you closer to networking. You can easily step into a network wiring job, running CAT5, fiber cable and such. Your electricians background makes that a perfect fit for you. Then with wiring being your primary duty, you may find a way to get your hands on the servers later.

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by amcol In reply to One more question

If you feel more comfortable having a resume then by all means create one. The one you have should not be reworked, it should be discarded...start all over again, and write your resume from the standpoint of the job you want to get, not the jobs you've already performed.

That may sound counter-intuitive, but you're in a unique situation. You're highly experienced but in a field you're leaving, so that experience is irrelevant to your new field of potential employers.

The thing to realize about a resume is that it serves double duty. On the one hand it describes who you are, and on the other it makes you attractive to hiring managers. Who you are (professionally) is of no relevance considering what you want to be doing, so you need to figure out how to construct a resume that will make hiring managers say "Yeah, this guy's the one".

Frankly, however, I would advocate an entirely different approach. If you're determined to have paperwork I'd go with a letter of introduction and no resume. You can tell a great story in a letter, one that's a lot more compelling than a resume that no one's going to read anyway. As a hiring manager I'm far more likely to read a well written, well crafted, well thought out introduction letter (since I get so few of them) than I am a resume (since I'm tired of reading the 80 gajillion I get weekly).

Don't forget the most important thing...a resume and/or a letter of introduction are not your most important job finding tools, as a matter of fact they're among the least. Don't depend on paper to do what you need to do personally.

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