Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, March 11, 2016
My first suggestion would be to approach your job search as if you had just graduated college. Focus on entry level opportunities and try and attend the same type of campus recruiting events (i.e. career fairs, information nights, etc.) as would a current college student. Reach out to the Alumni Association at your school and see what resources they can provide you. Second, draw upon the experiences you have gained in the last five years to beef up your resume. Even though you do not have experience in the field in which you are searching, focus your resume rather on your leadership skills, community involvement, etc. that you have acquired from the experience you have. Make this prominent on your resume and in conversations with potential employers, make this the focal point of you personal brand (i.e. you may not have on-the-job experience, but you have different experience that few, if any, other candidates possess).