Same Skills, Different Job: Tips for Transferring Your Experience to a New Job

Sometimes we find ourselves at the end of the road with a job opportunity. You’ve done all you could do to rise in the company, but you’re tapped out where you stand. Maybe you just don’t enjoy the industry like you used to, and, hey, that’s totally okay. People change and so do industries, for better and for worse.

If you’ve decided you’d rather leave the industry in pursuit of a new career, you may be feeling exhilarated, nervous, and overwhelmed. You’re wondering whether the years of experience you built up for your resume will be even acceptable in this new industry. How can you show that your skills do carry over, you wonder? We have a few tips for you to keep in mind when proving that the skills you learned at your past job will most certainly help you in your future opportunities.

Before applying for new career opportunities, take a moment to evaluate what skills you do have. Create a detailed list of job duties you’ve had at your previous places of employment. Don’t just stick to the “job description” duties. Make sure to write down tasks you did that were an addition to the job description. These could help you realize skills that you didn’t even know you had!

Understand that even though you will have some skills that can translate over to any industry (communication skills, computer skills, customer service skills, etc.) you may have to accept that you will need to take a few steps back professional to enter into this new industry. With taking a lower position often comes a pay cut. Be willing and understanding that this is possibility. No matter how experienced and talented you are at what you do today, you’ll have to prove yourself all over again in this new field, but we know you can do it.

If you realize that you would like to break into an industry requiring a completely different set of skills and experience that you bring to the table, don’t overlook taking a few courses and classes to educate yourself. Education is the next best thing to experience. Get certified to do tasks you are looking to apply for. At least you will have some foundation of knowledge to share from.

Take advantage of online resources, family and friends, and mentors to help you make a smooth transition into a new field. It’s possible to do, but may require more effort. Don’t let that discourage you! We’re sure you’ll end up exactly where you need to be.