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Career changers: Overcoming the 'experience' hurdle

Abridged: California Job Journal
LOS ANGELES, CA -- It's true that career-change rookies are at a disadvantage when it comes to convincing a hiring manager that they deserve to make the cut when they've never had a job like the one they want. That doesn't mean they can't find a few creative ways to get around this pothole. When writing their resume, career changers should include relevant information about their background that would appeal to the employer. Piotrowski recommends focusing on functions, rather than previous job titles.

Once an interview has been landed, career changers should take steps to ensure they have plenty of strengths to talk about, despite their lack of experience. "Brainstorm examples of how your background ties to the new position you want. Next, make sure you've got a few powerful stories to share that include What, How and Proof components to demonstrate your achievements and skills.

Finally, create a portfolio to bring along on interviews," advises Piotrowski. This can include letters of appreciation from customers, pictures or samples of work, training certificates, performance reviews, and anything else that portrays you as a powerhouse professional ready to take on a new and exciting challenge.

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