After two years in banking, I'm looking to switch careers to something that involves more contact with people. How can I write a résumé that doesn't typecast me as "finance"?
What you need to do is re-orient potential employers to your skills, rather than your most recent experience. Many skills are transferable and, even in your current position, you may have good examples of how you've worked effectively with people. The trick is to make it easy for your new employers to see that you do, indeed, meet their requirements. Here are a few tips on how to help your new employer visualize you in the position:
The more you can find out about what an employer is seeking, the more you can tailor your "bullets" to fit the position's requirements. Did you, for example, head a fundraising drive for your current employer that raised $10,000? Did you organize a conference that called for managing twenty volunteers and riding herd on ten speakers? Are you certified as a mediator? Consider all the things you've accomplished and pick those examples that tell the employer, "I've done everything you require, and I'm a good fit."
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