I was laid off in September from my job of seven years as a news editor, a path I am not interested in continuing. I have an Associate of Arts degree in graphic design, however I don't want to seek a job in that field as it's very competitive and prone to layoffs at this time.
I see this as an opportunity to start a path to a new career. How can I structure my resume for an internship or entry-level job in a new career field without looking over-qualified?
First, you need to decide what new career you want to pursue. Once you know that, you'll be ready to write your resume. For the sake of this answer, let's say you want to become a political lobbyist for an environmental group. For that objective, I suggest you create a combination resume.
In your job objective statement, do not use the term "entry-level;" simply say "A position." (For example: A position in environmental advocacy.) Doing this will help decrease the disparity between the elevated job title you held most recently and the new one you seek.
In your Summary of Qualifications section, emphasize the transferable skills you bring to the new position. For example:
- Eager to bring my writing and media relations skills to the political arena as an environmental advocate.
- Managed a team of eight editors and four production staff to publish daily newspaper with circulation of 200,000.
- As news team member, wrote pieces on wide range to topics including rain forests, glacier meltdowns, and carbon emissions.
Under Education, mention your AA degree, and any classwork that's particularly relevant to your job objective.
Good luck with your career shift!