Hunting down a job is a lot like fishing for that one big fish that everyone wants. Without the proper bait on your hook, like a killer resume, you won’t even get a nibble. Millennials that think they have no experience, and thus have slim resumes, may be overlooking a few juicy tidbits that might make them score more interviews. There are many ways to learn to reset your career path, but one trick is to angle the resume to the career you want, using the skills you learned in previous positions.
Figure Out How to Frame Your Skill Set for a New Job
A fresh graduate job might teach you a variety of skills from:
Customer Service - Even if all you have done so far is worked retail, it’s still a stepping stone into other career paths. Simply emphasize your customer service skills, your ability to handle complaints, and how you made a difference working directly with the public.
Analysis - If you never got out of your cubicle, you might have strong analytical skills. These can be used in a variety of industries from financing to engineering.
Bookkeeping - If your part-time job consisted of helping to do the books, you might be able to help business owners or become an accountant. Or, you can simply convince your next employer that you’re good with numbers, if that's important to the job you want.
Marketing - Did you learn how to attract a big crowd to an event? Can you communicate in words that drive sales? Marketing skills are important for salespeople, but also for managers who need to network widely within their industry.
Software Skills - Sometimes, the only skill you have that is a match to a different career path is a piece of software. Don’t downplay it, as sometimes it can be hard for employers to find people with experience with proprietary software and they’re willing to overlook other deficits to get that skill.
Find out what skills are in demand with other industries by browsing the new grad jobs listing at FirstJob.com.