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Career transition can be a stressful time. Many people, for one reason or another, find that their career is no longer suitable for them. Whether your family circumstances have changed or you are simply bored of the job you are currently doing, changing your career doesn’t have to be hard or stressful.

Every candidate has a CV of skills, experience and qualifications that they can offer to a position of employment. When changing employment, it is essential to know how to present these skills in a favorable, flexible way. Make sure you include the roles and duties you performed in each previous position of employment on your CV. It is your abilities and experience of certain tasks and situations that will be transferable to a new position, not the job title.

Once you have secured a career transition interview, you will need to put in the work to ensure it is a success. Research the role you have applied for. Knowing what an employer expects of you allows you to prepare answers that will put you in a good light. For example, mention experience that is relevant. No employer wants your life story, so tell them what they do want to hear. Select recent, relevant experience, which involves the personal qualities and ability vital to the role you are being interviewed for.

You should never lie in a job interview. An employer who finds out at a later date that you have lied or exaggerated about experience or qualifications will not only fail to consider you for employment, but could also make it difficult for you to undertake a successful career transition in other companies.

When presenting information that is less favorable to your candidacy, it is possible to turn it around into something positive. For example, your qualifications may be low graded. If this presents a problem, it could be an opportunity to explain that while you are not academic, you are willing to work hard in the field. Bring positive experience in to strengthen a weaker area.

Show your prospective employer how you can apply your experience to a new role. The basic transferable skills you possess, which could include administration, cash handling, management etc., can be brought from one position to another fairly easily. Specializations may take some adaption, but there are simple ways to prove you are able to do this. For example, the administration and organizational skills of a secretary could be used to start a career in event planning or as a PA. Focus on the raw abilities, rather than the details of what these skills were being used to do.

Voluntary work can be used as valid experience. This will also show an employer that you are dedicated and self-motivated. If you find that to make a successful career change you will have to gain certain experience first, volunteering is a positive way to learn new skills and show future employers that you are willing to work for a cause. Also, you don’t have to worry about being accepted for the position. Volunteers are welcome everywhere!

A successful career transition interview requires you to present your skills and experience in a flexible way. Knowing how you can apply previous experience to a new career will help you convince prospective employers that you are capable of the challenge of a change in employment. Work your weaknesses in your favor, showing how you overcame problems and always focus on your strongest, relevant experience.

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