Making a career switch to a different industry can be daunting, especially when you have no track record to prove yourself.
Ms Shauna Li Roolvink, from YourPersonalBrand.com, shows you the way.
Q: I am a regional sales manager of a computer-software company. I'm planning to make a career switch and apply to a logistics firm. What are the best ways to communicate my capabilities in my CV and during the interview, even though I lack experience in logistics?
A: We assume that you will still have a customer-facing role, such as in business development or account management, in the logistics company.
Unless you have obtained a degree in that area, making a complete switch to a new field, such as being a logistics specialist or planner, can be quite challenging.
Assuming that you are applying for a customer-facing role, you can develop a strong summary for your CV or LinkedIn profile by stating the relevant skills you have developed in the IT company which are applicable to any customer-facing roles.
These skills may include client-relationship building, attention to detail, listening skills, responsiveness and problem-solving. In any company or industry, these skills are of great value.
If you have served logistics clients in the IT company, make sure you highlight those in your CV. This can convey your understanding of that sector.