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Changing Careers

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Changing Careers? If so, you are not alone. Changing careers doesn't have to be difficult or stressful. We have developed, with great success, many resumes and letters for people wishing to enter the education sector.

Some clients have no experience in education and are entering by completing their degree or by an alternative certification program. Others have been out of the industry for 10 years or more and now want to re-enter. They have either been raising their children, or they have tried a different occupation, have realized that it isn't right for them, and know a decision to go back to education would be a wise move.

The important thing is that you not just consider the change but take action. If you present yourself correctly, you will accomplish your goal. Remember, perseverance is important. We have successfully worked with clients from diverse backgrounds, but there are some reasons for our success — let's share some of them with you.

You need to know how to leverage your skills in a new direction. The key is to focus on transferable skills related to the position you are wishing to secure. A transferable skill is one that you gained from your previous occupation or learned though hobbies, volunteer activities, education, and memberships to clubs or associations. These skills will help the reader to understand what value you bring to the organization or school.

For example, maybe you had a very successful career as a law enforcement professional, and after 20 years you want to transition into education. Can you think of any transferable skills to incorporate into the resume? Consider the following:
  • Parental Communication
  • Strong Role Model
  • Well-Developed Listening Skills
  • Critical Situation Management
  • Effective Negotiator
  • Paperwork/Documentation
  • Multicultural Awareness
  • Adherence to Guidelines and Principles
  • Organization
  • Patience
You could uncover further transferable skills if you were a law enforcement professional that presented to students in schools about safety, drugs, violence, or other topics. In addition, skills could be from volunteer work with bike rodeos, literacy programs, boy scouts/girl guides, or if you raised your own children. The key is to dig and discover these skills and present them properly in your resume and cover letter.

About the Author

Candace Davies, Owner of A+ Resumes for Teachers, is a Global Career Management Professional dedicated to assisting educators worldwide to leverage their strengths, accomplishments, and unique selling points to capture their dream position. Her team has successfully assisted 3000+ education professionals by transforming their talents into concise documents that secure numerous interviews, leading to excellent job offers. Candace is dually certified as a Professional Resume Writer, Certified Employment Interview Professional, Certified Interview Coach, Certified Electronic Career Coach, and Certified Career Coach. Please visit her website at, send her an email to, or call toll-free 877-738-8052.
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