How to make a CV when you want to change career?
Changing your career can be a daunting time for most, but how to convey the change in your CV? IT can be a very simple thing to do if you can convey how your existing skills and experience would benefit you in the new career. The best way to do this is to utilise your personal statement. The example I am going to show you is for a Kennel Hand to change careers to work in Childcare. You would try and show correlation between aspects of animal care, and aspects of childcare, such as the importance of keeping to schedules, the importance of being able to communicate without clear English being spoken between two beings, the responsibility over another living thing etc.
The idea is basically to show that although you have gained your skills in a different setting, they are clearly relevant to a number of other avenues. You should also use your covering letter to detail reasons for the career change and to encourage being given a chance. One advantage you must remember you have over someone who has already worked in the field you are applying to, is that you have the SKILLS, but have never applied them in the field, therefore you are very easy to train to the standard the employer would like, and this will go in your favour, as other candidates may be stuck in their ways having already carried the role out.
Best of luck in your new career!
Career Change CV Example
Your name -tel number
1 Job Hunter Way, Employmentville, UK. EM1 5LO Your email address here
I am a time served and enthusiastic Kennel Hand looking for a career change. I adore all animals and I am very happy caring and exercising dogs in particular. I have always enjoyed working with dogs as I can get to know them, and provide excellent care for them. I am aware of the needs of different ages, sizes and breeds, and can cater for any. I would like to now use the skills and experience I have gained caring for dogs in a career in childcare. I believe many of the skills I have gained would be incredibly useful in a childcare setting. My main skills are as follows:
Sensible and practical.
Approachable and Friendly.
Focussed and attentive.
Health and Safety certificate.
January 2018 – Present
Kennel Hand, Dog Hotel, London
Working as a kennel hand in this cosy dog boarding establishment in London it was my duty to ensure that all guest dogs were cared for properly. I would have to meet with the owners at check in to establish the needs of each dog, before ensuring that they were settled into a kennel, fed, walked and given any medication if required. At the end of the stay I would discuss anything of importance with the owners.
January 2015- January 2017
Kennel Hand, Small Breeders, London.
As a Kennel Hand in this small breeding establishment it was my job to attend to the needs of the breeding dogs. I would have to ensure they were fed and exercised, and seen by a vet if necessary. I would be responsible for grooming and monitoring of pregnant dogs, as well as assisting delivery of pups, and dealing with prospective buyers.
January 2012 – January 2015
Kennel Hand, RSPCA, London
Working for this charity as a kennel hand it was my job to ensure that all the stray and abandoned dogs were logged as they came in, in case owners came looking for them. I would then create a case file for each and list them on the website, then ensure that they were given a exercise and feeding routine.
GCSE 10xA Grades including English, Maths and Science.
Londonberry Comprehensive School
References are available on request, or in writing to the above previous employers.