Selling career shift is an art

03/31/2009 | Wall Street Journal, The

People who are changing careers often find it hard to convince potential employers they are making the right choice. Experts recommend job candidates carefully craft a story that explains how skills learned from the previous career are a boon to the next one. "Try to stick to the facts, and rather than sulking or blaming other people, put in positive statements about how you turned a challenge into an opportunity," workplace expert Cy Wakeman says. "Employers like candidates who reflect on and learn from their own experiences, take control of their lives, and show that they're bulletproof."

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