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How can I transition a previous career in the Legal field to my new degree and Homeland Security?

I believe I have a lot of skills that I believe can be transferrable, but I am not sure how to make the transition. #recruiting #legal #homeland-security #personal-development #career-details

Thank you comment icon Thank you very much, I really needed that information. Melissa

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Gary’s Answer

Hi,
Good question, as a resume writer I would suggest breaking down your skills into "hard" and "soft" skills then checking some homeland security job descriptions that you can find online. An example of a hard skills would be anything specific to the homeland security field, for example I found this online. in a FEMA job ad... "Coordinating and supporting the implementation of disaster recovery services and programs and analyzes resource requirements, and capabilities to enable program delivery and performance."
An example of a soft skill would be something that can apply to any job like knowing MS-Office, having good communication and presentation skills, etc.
From there I would match up both type of skills that you have with the job descriptions and add those to your new and updated resume.

It really requires analyzing your skills and experience against what you can find about real jobs in homeland security.
good luck! :)

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Lara’s Answer

Hello Melissa,

A career pivot is an act of finding a new career and is reliant on your accrued experienced and skills, which are the underpinnings that will help you shift in a new direction.

To successfully execute the career pivot, you don’t necessarily need new skills, rather, you use the skills you possess already (transferable skills) and apply them in your new career. When changing careers, you need to ensure that your resume highlights the experiences and skills that will help you break into your new target field.

Here are a few pointers for a successful career pivot:

- Research the industry and position you want to pivot to, what hiring managers are searching for, and try to put together a target company list
- In your resume, highlight the experiences and skills you possess in the industry you want to transition to and share achievements that show the skills needed for the new role
- Use a CAR format (challenge, action, result) to highlight relevant achievements
- Include a testimonial to support your expertise and accomplishments in the new industry

Being able to articulate your value creatively — realigning your resume for a transition — will play a crucial role in your successful implementation of a career pivot. How you tell your story and connect the dots for people makes all the difference!

Please let me know if I can be of any more assistance/ guidance. I wish you the best of luck!

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