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The Strategy Given Emma was going to be competing for entry-level roles, I had to be careful how I presented her 10-year career. While at one level her experience would be a key differentiating factorâ€”when she competed against candidates with very limited work experienceâ€”it could also be a potential disqualifier given an employer may assume Emma had higher than average compensation requirements and would be seeking entry into the field at a higher level. To combat these assumptions a rĂ©sumĂ© had to be developed which portrayed the uniqueness of Emmaâ€™s experience and skills, while also painting a competitive picture as a junior-level candidate. Page One vs. Page Two A key way to tell Emmaâ€™s story was to use two pages for her rĂ©sumĂ©. On page one I painted a competitive picture for an entry-level candidate, using page two to tell the story of Emmaâ€™s 10-year career in the telecom industry. Page one was used to convey a strong qualifications summary which positioned Emma as a paralegal and legal assistant candidate, utilizing her experience in a law practice, along with her coursework, to sell her knowledge of the legal field. Following the summary I listed her educationâ€”given she was a soon-to-be paralegal program graduateâ€”which also allowed for presentation of her undergraduate degree in criminology, a credential which would likely be a key differentiating factor in her search. Next, and these sections were included strategically on page one to â€śfillâ€ť the page, I listed Emmaâ€™s academic honors and legal affiliations. This allowed for just enough room at the end of page one to present Emmaâ€™s paralegal internship, ending page one with strong, related experience. Page two of Emmaâ€™s rĂ©sumĂ© was reserved for the presentation of her 10-year career in telecom. Emmaâ€™s positions were, at times, very technical in nature, so focus was paid on the transferability of her experiences. For example, instead of talking about the technical systems and databases she administered, I related the transferability of that function by speaking of Emmaâ€™s ability to maintain detailed reports housing critical project and process details, functions much more transferable into a paralegal role.
Candidate successfully transitions after 10-year career
Meet EmmaEmma came to me seeking to make a career transition. She had worked in the telecom industry for 10 years in administrative, provisioning, and technical support roles, but was seeking to transition into her industry of choice. Five years earlier Emma had completed her undergraduate degree in criminology with the intention of going into the field of law in some capacity. Given she was performing well at work and had 6 years of tenure at that point, it became difficult for her to decide when to make her move. When Emma came to work with me she was nearing completion of a paralegal studies program, would graduate in 2 months, and was seeking to build a rĂ©sumĂ© that would help facilitate her move into her field of choice.