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Asked by Krystin on March 8, 2018

How do I prepare my resume for future job opportunities in a different field of expertise when I have been employed at my current job for 11 years? 

Answered by Taylor, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on March 13, 2018

Try to gain as much non-work related experience as possible that you can add to your resume. For example, if you want to work for a veterinarian, but you currently work in retail-- start volunteering at a pet shelter or pick up a part time/weekend job grooming or taking care of animals. Also be prepared to explain in an interview why you are pursuing this career change.

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Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on March 18, 2018

HI there!  Great question and one that is definitely on the minds of lots of job seekers.  Most jobs have underlining core skills: customer service, teamwork, project management, communication, etc.. Review the new job requirements and skills/competencies. Then map the finding back to your current role to identify those skills that are transferable to the new role. This mapping process can be used to identify skills and competencies demonstrated on special projects that may fall outside of your normal day to day responsibilities.

You'd be surprised how many things you do now are a fundamental part of what you could be doing in the future!  Best of luck!

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