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Looking for Jobs Outside of Your Major? Make Sure You Apply These 3 Techniques

November 7th, 2017

Some students will graduate from college with jobs lined up perfect for their major, but for many in today’s world, that isn’t the case. In fact, more than 65 percent of college graduates don’t have careers lined up after school according to a recent study. While many factors cause this, the common thread is the frustration most graduates feel when beginning the job search.

 

As the career field evolves, students and professionals must learn to adapt as well. The following are three easy tips to follow as you search for a job that’s outside your major.

 

Check the Job Outlook

A lot of the time, you’re going to pursue a new field because the one you’ve chosen doesn’t have the right opportunities for you. Instead of jumping into another field with similar issues, research the outlook for different fields to determine whether you would have better luck.

 

For example, the highest-paying jobs are currently in the engineering and computer science industries, but they aren’t the fastest-growing field to jump into. Conversely, entry-level healthcare positions don’t pay very well, but most new jobs are being created here as the population continues to age.

 

List Your Transferable Skills

Once you figure out where you want to go, take a good look at your resume and make a list of your skills as well as what you’ve learned through your different positions. Figure out what skills you can apply from your resume to this new field and begin crafting a new resume highlighting what you can do and not necessarily where you’ve been. You want to embrace your past experience by showing how it can apply to a new career.

 

Show What You Can Do

Next, use your cover letter to outline your experiences and what you’ve learned, detailing how it applies to this new career you’re pursuing. You want to sell yourself as being the best candidate, even if your experience at first glance feels unrelated. Make sure you’re researching your new field so when you start scheduling interviews, you’re prepared to answer like a seasoned professional.

 

Let Staffing Resources Help

Making a career change can be intimidating, but you don’t have to do it alone. Staffing Resources exists to not only connect you with the best places to work in Atlanta, but make sure you’re prepared along the way. Our personalized experience helps you be prepared for wherever your career takes you. Contact us today to begin your journey to something new and exciting.

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