It’s not uncommon that professionals who’ve spent decades in a specific industry are still there because it makes sense. Jumping through the presumed hurdles and struggles that come along with changing industries have deterred them from making a change. Instead, they stick with what they know. However, it is not as much of a dive off the deep end as it is a leap of faith. Of course, depending on the specific industry you want to pursue, like the medical field for example, there will be more requirements and challenges to overcome. Though, generally speaking, there are plenty of ways you can present yourself as the right candidate even if you don’t have decades of experience in that industry.
- Connect your work experience: Connect the dots between the skills and experience you’ve developed that would be applicable to this new industry. Once you have a grasp on what your target role is requiring, think back to examples in your career where you have displayed the hard or soft skills they are seeking. Simply because you don’t have experience in that industry doesn’t discount the years of experience you do have.
- Identify your strengths: Market your strengths that would cross over into this role. Whether those strengths are industry-agnostic, technical, or indirectly relevant to the role, be sure to communicate all of the strengths you do have, not what you don’t have.
- Capitalize on your outsider’s perspective: There’s no denying that a lot of companies typically pull talent from competitors in their industry. That’s where you bring a new perspective to the table. Your fresh outlook can serve as an asset to their business, so be sure to communicate it as such. Share how this strength could benefit them and give examples. If you know some of their pain points or challenges, come in with ideas that demonstrate your creativity and perspective.