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|Transferable Skills: Are They Really?
To shift careers or change them altogether, focus
on what's common to your current (or most recent)
career area AND your target career area. You must
build "bridges" between the two on several points, not
just skills. There is bias in many fields that says:
experience in OUR field, we still won't look at you.
Networking will help you get around this.
You will need time to make such a shift, so be sure
your finances can support you throughout the process.
Now, the full article:
There's a lot of talk about having "transferable
skills", and this gives job hunters hope that they can
transfer their way out of a dead-end position or a
career that didn't deliver on its promise.
And who wants to start over? Very few
usually say "I wish there were a way I could use what I
already know, and not start out at the bottom, in
Before we say more: Remember, a job or
career is not comprised
solely of skills. And more importantly, YOU are not just
a walking bundle of skills -- you have values, interests,
and a personality. These all come into play in any job
search, but especially one where you want to make a
To see if making a switch is realistic for you, it takes a
homework, and it helps to have an impartial sounding
board, such as a friend or fellow job hunter.
1. First, analyze your current job and
you use AND what values, interests, and personality
aspects that match it well.
2. Use referral meetings
interviews) to learn more about your target field: its
language, the culture of the organizations there,
typical job requirements. Will this be a sideways hop
for you, or an enormous leap? These meetings also
expand your circle
of contacts in your new arena. They will be able to
give you a realistic idea of your possibilities. Those in
the exact job you want are your most valuable sources
of such vital information. Listen to them.
3. Subscribe to online newsletters and read
articles about organizations and issues in this new
field, so that you learn more about it and so
topics don't surprise you when you're
4. If there's a potential fit, change all your
materials" (resume, 60-second commercial,
networking statements, tagline)
so that it fits the new area. In your resume, be sure to
focus on the "top level" of both fields, to draw
similarities. For example, a successful client who'd
owned several restaurants over 15+ years wanted to
leave that field. Mark had done Operations, Sales, and
Marketing. He knew he wanted to be in a technology
company. In Mark's resume, we emphasized his
knowledge of decision makers in the dining field, and
his comfort level talking with them, since he already
was one. He networked his way into a software
company that was building software for restaurant
reviewers online. The software company wanted that
expertise, so they hired him, and he's been very
Please know that this current job market is not
career changers or those who believe they can do a
"skills transfer". Recruiters and others are telling us
that companies are being very picky because they can
afford to be, given the numbers of available good,
already-experienced-in-the-field candidates. So if
you're employed, start
groundwork now for making a change. If you're
between jobs, volunteer and do what you can in your
target field, so that you build your credibility and
experience there. Either way, a change will take time
so be sure your finances can support you during the
Making a change now won't be easy but if
determined AND IF you successfully tie what you do
with what you want to do next, transferring your skills --
and all of what you have to offer -- is indeed possible.
|25+ Years Experience and He Lands Dream Position!
Congratulations, Dave H., who landed a Sales/Project
Management position in the Minneapolis area. Key to
search? First, Dave made himself an expert on
Electronic Health Records (EHR), a rapidly growing
area in our economy and one in which he has a keen
interest. He read the entire new Economic Stimulus
bill, which contains funding for EHR, and became an
the Minnesota incentives that start in 2011 for medical
facilities which convert to EHR. Then Dave arranged
many networking meetings and
attended seminars that resulted in him becoming, in
about two months, known as a resource in the EHR
Second, Dave did a lot of referral networking, with
LinkedIn as one of his tools. He
talked to many people about EHR and at one meeting,
connection created a job in EHR systems and offered
it to Dave on the
spot. After some discussions and negotiations, Dave
accepted the position which he started this week.
|Does Your Job Search Need a Boost?
Job search not going anywhere fast? Find out
right AND what's wrong during a Quick
Consult with the Queen. This
1-2 hour session gives you concrete steps
to follow for getting unstuck. It also gives you practical
insights into what
YOU bring a new employer, knowledge about what
sets you apart from the crowd of other candidates.
The fee is $175 and the results are priceless!
And if you
choose to work with Joanne on these steps,
that fee is applicable to your search project. Joanne
does these in person or over the phone. Call today to
Welcome aboard, Kelly!
Kelly Oslund has joined Joanne Meehl Career
Services as a Career Consultant. Kelly brings her
background in Human Resources and recruiting. We'll
have more about Kelly in forthcoming issues.
|Free Video Tips
Want some tips about career choice and job search from
Joanne, without leaving your keyboard? Go to her home
page, and scroll down to the media links.
Joanne's been in the news recently and the clips (the
longest is 6 minutes) have many tips you can use.
Let us know what you think!
|Tip of the Month
Thought of the Day:
Do one thing every day that scares you.
-- Eleanor Roosevelt
Tip of the Month:
Add career keywords to your LinkedIn
Most people know to add key words in the
Summary of their LinkedIn profile. But another
place to add them in is further down in your profile,
under "Interests". Don't just use this to say "hiking,
skiing, volunteering", which are fine to list, but add in
B2B Marketing, Business Development, Account
Management (or whatever fits you) in the
beginning of this section. The more frequently you use
your career key words in your LinkedIn profile, the
higher your chances of companies finding you if they
search by key word.
We are proud members of:
- Assn of Career Professionals Int'l
- Career Management Alliance
- Chapman Private Practice Alliance
- Business Networking International
Called "The Resume Queen" years ago by a
colleague, Joanne Meehl decided to have fun
nickname and trademarked it. She now uses "The
Queen" (now trademarked) more often, because it
better reflects the breadth of
our services. While she has fun with those nicknames,
she also takes them very seriously by
her career management skills on the leading
through research and ongoing dialog with recruiters
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Job search networking, May 21st,
Search Networking in Wayzata, Minnesota,
is the group that Joanne Meehl facilitates two
Thursday mornings a month in Wayzata.
What will you
find, if you attend? Plenty of new
information about the job search in this very
competitive job market, effective networking,
camaraderie with 50-60 of your peers, great
speakers on current topics, and a chance to sharpen
your focus so that you get noticed by hiring
managers. We guarantee this group will add
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