Are you considering the possibility of changing careers? If you are, this article is specially tailored to you because recruiters tend to look at resumes for 6 seconds on average. How then can international students create a great impression with their career change resumes? Stay with us, we’re about to take you on a journey that shows you how.

Your chances of success during a career change greatly increases when you tailor your transferable skills in line with the job description. Here’s what your resume should contain:

  • Contact information
  • Resume objective or summary
  • Skills summary
  • Work experience
  • Education
  • Projects and hobbies
  • Certification

The time is ripe to add flesh to this skeleton so tag along as we bring this image to life.

1. Contact information

Your resume is neither complete nor is it useful if it is devoid of your contact information. How else would interested recruiters be able to reach you without the right info? So make no mistake in ensuring that your contact details are clearly and accurately stated. Your contact information includes your

  • First, the last name
  • Phone number: include your country code if you’re applying outside your country.
  • Email address: keep it professional. e.g [email protected]
  • LinkedIn Profile
  • Location
  • Title: current professional title or the one you’re applying for.

If you have an online portfolio, you can include it in this section.

2. Resume objective or summary

Impress recruiters by revealing your best accomplishments and transferable skills that are following the job description. e.g. “To leverage my 5+ years in human relations, public speaking, and advertising into a public relations role with XYZ Company.”

3. Skills Summary

This is your opportunity to convince recruiters how your transferable skills qualify you for this new position. Let’s say you’re moving from sales to visual design, here’s a good way to summarize your skills:

Visual Design

  • Created responsive website templates (that are also mobile friendly) using modern CSS techniques and JS libraries.
  • Worked with design and development groups to create applications from mock-ups in Sketch, Illustrator, and Photoshop.

Don’t forget to list out your skills as well.

4. Work Experience

Another key component when writing career change resumes is your work experience. It’s your opportunity to sell yourself and link your experience to your transferable skills. Let’s presume you’re moving from sales to copywriting, here’s how you can link.

Sales Executive

Company X – 11/2016 – 04/2019

  • Created and presented pitch deck that secured a $500,000 deal – largest for Company X to date.
  • Boosted sales for the most underperforming product by 40% by developing helpful and instructional material for prospects.
  • Created and edited sales materials, scripts, and technical documents for accuracy and consistency.

The common denominator between sales and copywriting is excellent communication skills. The idea is to keep your work experience to what’s relevant to the position you’re applying for.

5. Education

This is important especially since you’re planning to change careers. This section simply includes your educational institution(s), degree (optional), years attended, GPA (if you performed exceptionally). Others are courses relevant to the job (optional), location of the program (optional), exchange programs (optional).

For instance:

B.A. in English Literature.

University XYZ – 2014-2018

GPA: 3.8

6. Projects and Hobbies

This section reveals other things you’ve done or are doing that may be relevant to this position. It could be anything at all like volunteering as a firefighter or with the Red Cross in the cause of the Australian bush fires. Just indicate things that are relevant to the job.

7. Certification

Yet again, if there are certifications worth mentioning, make sure they are relevant to the job. For instance, if you’re into marketing, here are some relevant certifications.


  • HubSpot Inbound Marketing Certified, 2019.
  • Google Analytics Individual Qualification, 2018.
  • SEMrush Content Marketing Toolkit Course, 2018.

With all that has been said, writing career change resumes shouldn’t be difficult anymore. So waste no more time to do the needful.

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