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The Greatest Myth of a Career Change

weekly pill of mid-career growth wisdom Sep 29, 2023

Last week I got an intriguing message from a student.
She is transitioning her career from Procurement to Sustainability/Carbon Credits.
Now she is confused about how to write her cover letter and CV because she learned the hard skills for the new profession at the university.
And has no work experience in the new field.
So she got stuck in writing a new CV because she doesn’t have results yet.
Then her question to me was: How can I write a result-oriented CV and cover letter if I don’t have experience in this new profession?

I totally get her doubt.
I’ve been there already.
And if you’re struggling with the same problem, here is what you need to work on.
Focus on what you have and not on what you don't! 
What competencies from your current profession can be transferred to the new one? 
Think about it, and do your research. 
There are many, for sure!

Quite recently, I worked on a similar case.
A talented international lady who is transitioning from Collection after 20 years in banking to Customer Service in any kind of industry.
Her cover letter does mention her results in Collection, even though most of her experience is in this area!

And this is what made her attractive to recruiters. 
She has seniority. She knows how to deal with people. She knows how to negotiate. 
These are also very fundamental skills for Customer Service!
After her LinkedIn was optimized, her inbox started to flood with opportunities.
And she had her CV and cover letter ready to go.

This is how she got her first interview in 20 years, in a new country and in a new field!
Everything is possible with the right strategy!

Let’s rock.



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