/ Asked by Derek
What advice would you give to someone who is currently job searching in a field he got a degree in 5 years ago (ex. finance), but then traveled and worked abroad in a different field (ex. teaching) for 5 years? My resume is up-to-date, but I haven't had any relevant work experience in my original field of study. Any tips for how to best go about my job search and contacting employers? Thanks.
Answered by Sara, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Transitioning to a new career path can be challenging.  The most important thing for you to keep in mind as you continue your search is to demonstrate how your experience over the last 5 years has helped prepare you for the career path you are now heading down.  For example did you gain leadership experience that may be valuable or taught classes with subject matter that you can translate to your future work?  Something else to keep in mind is to be thoughtful about the types of positions you apply to - you may find that your experience and qualifications are more suited to entry level and early career roles versus roles that require more experience. 
There are certainly many employers that will value the work you have done for the last five years and would be happy to have you apply those experiences in their organization.  Good luck in your job search! 
Answered by Sylvia, Hiring Expert at HP Inc., on Thursday, December 10, 2015
There are different resume types, the traditional and most popular is the chronological resume. For your specific need I wouldn’t suggest that but rather a function (or industry) resume type or even a combo of the two. You want to highlight relevant work experience first and have a section for other work experience to note you have been part of the working population. There are also transferable skills (such as soft skills) that are still relevant in for the business you are wish to go back into. Also, use your network and reach out past colleagues to reconnect if you haven’t spoken in years. Build a network to help get your foot in the door for new roles. LinkedIn is a great source to find individuals in the roles you are seeking. Approach them in the manner of better understanding the company culture and their day to day work life. If you have a targeted list on companies, reach out to those individuals working at the company first, even past employers may have connections to direct you to.
Best of luck in your search! 
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).
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