Lots of people return to school to learn new skills and explore new industries. Luckily it’s a good time to be in healthcare. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the healthcare industry is projected to grow 18% from 2016-2026 and add 2.4 million new jobs.
But if you’ve recently graduated from a healthcare-focused program, you might find yourself with great skills but not a lot of related experience. So how do you convince hiring managers that you’re the one they’ve been looking for?
Here are some tips for finding your first job after changing industries.
Learn the new industry
If you’ve been through an allied health program, then hopefully you’ve learned a lot about your new field. It’s still a good idea to research the current job market. What skills and trends matter to hiring managers right now? Try reading through job descriptions for positions in your field. You can also study the websites of potential employers, and do a simple Google search of the industry.
Channel this knowledge into your interview. Use industry-specific terms and talk about any in-demand skills you have. Your research will help give you confidence, and speaking knowledgeably can help you come across as professional and ready to take on a new challenge.
Build your resume
Your program gave you knowledge, which is great. But it’s still a good idea to fill out your resume even more.
You probably won’t get paid for the work, but you’ll add to your resume and hopefully stand out to hiring managers. And you could help people in a meaningful way—which is great too!
Find ways to tie in your previous work experience
It’s important to build connections between your previous work and the positions you’re interviewing for now.
Even if the positions aren’t the same, you can still talk about your soft skills. For example, if you worked as an office aid before and you’re trying to get into the healthcare administrative field, you can talk about your organizational skills and your experience in a fast-paced office.
Make sure that your resume also reflects this goal. Try to avoid including unrelated experience or your entire work history. Just include the positions you can use during the interview.
Switching into a new field isn’t always easy, but finding a new and fulfilling career is worth the work. If you’ve already successfully landed a job in a new industry, what tips have worked for you? Share them in the comments!
Published on: February 29, 2016
Updated on: September 14, 2018