I do love where my career has taken me, and a lot of the experience is applicable across the board, but it can be EXHAUSTING to constantly have to reinvent your career!
In the below video, Jason Shen, founder of Headlight, a performance platform, discusses why the current model of hiring procedures misses out on a lot of great talent, because we base our decisions on experience instead of ability.
Your resume is your biggest asset to get you into that interview. Unfortunately, recruiters are primed to look at experience to determine eligibility, but don't let this discourage you.
Look at the job description and what they're looking for. In your experience (don't forget to include volunteer work as experience!) plug in applicable projects you've worked that would highlight the skills that they're looking for. Your professional summary is another area that you can highlight yourself as a qualified candidate.
Additionally, your cover letter is another piece to get you noticed. Although it's not very common anymore, it's still something recruiters want, and sometimes require. If you need help writing your cover letter, be sure to check out this post about it!
Depending on your industry, you should create and maintain a portfolio to show your work. This can be sent in with your resume to get you more visibility. Again, include volunteer work!
You are your best resource, so once you get that interview, wow them with your talent! It's OK to tell employers you don't have the specific experience they're looking for, but that your skillset and current experience is applicable, but it's important to show them how and why you are the best candidate.
Written by: Zaneta Padilla