When Martin isn’t relaxing by the campfire with one of his favorite sci-fi novels, you may find him coding his next project. Having worked as a Civil Engineer for years, an NPR marketplace segment (ironically featuring one of our Web Development Immersive graduates) inspired him to make a career shift. Twelve weeks later, he’s on the hunt for his first job in his new career.
Many years ago, I had a side gig as a professional resume writer. I wrote thousands of resumes for people in every field, at all levels: from recent college graduates to blue-collar workers to retirees to entrepreneurs to CEOs of enormous companies. But there was one kind of client that I enjoyed working with the most: the career changer, someone who is actively switching professions or has had experience in many fields.
Career changers consistently had the most interesting professional paths—which made for the most interesting resume writing experience. They were driven, passionate, and inquisitive. They could often quickly identify their most transferrable skills, and articulate exactly how they proposed to use those skills in new ways.
In my experience (and the experience of my clients): companies benefit when they actively try to hire career changers—-here’s why: