Answered by Suzi, Hiring Expert at HP Inc., on Monday, June 15, 2015
What a great question! You’re wise to consider how your current assets would transfer into the corporate world, as you plan your career!
Many of your visual merchandising skills are very valuable and easily transferable into other professional roles. I suggest creating a custom cover letter for each opportunity you apply for, incorporating these skills, interwoven with the language of the job description to enhance your appeal to recruiters and hiring managers. You will probably be spending more time in the search for your next career move, but putting in the effort now will pay huge dividends when you find the right opportunity!
As a recruiter for a variety of roles in a technology environment, I'm always searching for candidates possessing many of the intangible skills that you’ve likely developed in your current role, including:
• Creative approach to solving problems/attracting customers
•Strong awareness of key trends
•Excellent Customer service awareness
•Confident and assertive approach
•Strong time management skills
•Ability to work within a set budget
•Excellent coaching, communication and organizational skills
You might consider looking into positions in product management, sales operations, program management, recruiting or even transferring your skills into sales roles with other companies. Don’t discount sales as a viable and lucrative career!
Most employers, when sales candidates with the necessary education and soft skills have been identified, are willing to teach the technologies and processes. Many will also have structured/guaranteed compensation plans to provide a steady income to new hires, while learning the new role.
Good luck on your journey!!