/ Asked by Baker
I fear that given my career path and education I may have become overspecialized. How do I convince potential employers that I am a "good risk" for a new role? Given the field I am in, my previous experience is highly sought after for that specific role, but it only adds value by performing that exact specific role. I fear the incentive to keep me where I am is too great for recruiters to pass up.
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, April 1, 2019
If we were in a face to face conversation, I would probably ask you why you think you are perceived as a bad risk?  Is it because there has been some suggestion that because you already have education and experience in ONE area that is the only thing you can ever do in your career?  That would be terrible if we all had to do the same thing forever and ever.  You are a good risk because you have a proven track record of success.  You have demonstrated that you can become an expert and build a "highly sought after" career out of it.  That is not something everyone can do.  Lead with the foundation of that success and use it as a jumping off place for why you would be excellent in a new role.  Recruiters are looking for the best people to fill their open jobs, and naturally if they see someone who is highly skilled they are going to suggest that match.  It doesn't mean they won't be able to see potential, especially if you elevator pitch about why you are looking for something new to take on!
Answered by Roohi, Hiring Expert at HP Inc., on Monday, April 1, 2019
Hello! This is a great question that I get asked many a time. What I recommend is that you highlight at the top of your resume what you are interested in or where you do want your career to go. This will help a potential employer know although you have a history of experience in XYZ you are looking to move in a different direction. Aside from all the specialized skills you've attained for the current field you're in, you must have gained a ton of transferable skills too. It would be good to highlight these on your resume as well. Both of these tweaks will help your resume show your experience as more well rounded. Anything you'd like a recruiter or hiring manager to know, is good to add to your resume. I wish you the best of luck in your job search!
Answered by Xavier, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, on Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Take some time to think about similarities between the necessary skills for your current role and roles that you want to pursue. Many career paths have similar skillsets that are required to be successful such as problem solving. Practice articulating how your previous experience can bring value to a new role to make sure you're prepared to alleviate any perceived risk in the interview process. When applying to roles it may be beneficial to include a cover letter that's specific to the role in which you are applying. Your cover letter will explain why you are pursuing the role and how you could be a great addition to the team. In order to make it easier to make the career change it would be of benefit to gain experience at your current organization if possible. As a last resort maybe you can accept a position utilizing your current skillset/experience to get your foot in the door at an aspiring organization before transitioning into a new field. I hope this helps!
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