Are you re-inventing your career? A lack of industry experience can sometimes stop you in your tracks and impact your credibility. Hiring is an expensive business and some recruiters can often be risk-averse to hiring someone without industry battle scars. Even so, there are strategies you can adopt to position you well.
The secret to being successful is getting the of support people who can help your professional career goals – if Tech is your bag, volunteer your tech skills to build up a portfolio of projects and start to put together a strong network. Start building a compelling career narrative that showcases the value you bring, along with your transferable soft skills, and that really connects the dots for the recruiter.
Career paths don’t always make sense on paper. Use cover letters, social media and networking opportunities to promote your career narrative, personal brand and future goals linking everything into a compelling whole. If you want someone to give you a job in a new industry, passion on its own may not be enough, you need to show your career transition as an obvious choice and one that brings them ROI.
Spend time thinking about your skills, accomplishments and experiences and how you would like to market them to employers who are more open to a candidate's future potential and who have a more innovative recruitment approach.