As I announced my most recent career change, I get the usual response.  “I’d like to do that, but I just don’t know how to make that leap”.  One formula for me has been to think of my experiences not as outcomes, but to think of each experience as a set of skills.  This strategy is important not only to help me see the connections between two seemingly different careers, but most importantly to let others see the connections.

This way of thinking is most obvious in my resume.  In this resume, I group my experiences by skill set rather than by employers, as is most common.  Using skills you are able to tell a story that makes sense.   You can demonstrate the connections between job changes, but most importantly, you can point directly to the experiences in your past that make you the best candidate for the current role.  

Jonathan Shaver