How can a career changer with employment gaps best present his or her skills?
Create a resume using a functional resume format that focuses on transferable skills related to current career objectives. The functional resume layout is a good format as it focuses less on employment dates and job history and more on job skills. Typically a candidate changing careers does not have a solid employment history needed to make a strong first impression with a resume or cover letter. Transferable skills that are relevant to your current career objectives need to be presented in your resume to show an employer what skills you are able to contribute to the organization. Transferable skills are the ones you have acquired from past experiences that are transferable to a different type of job, industry, or environment. These skills may have been developed in many different areas — from past work experience, academic endeavors, volunteer activities, or in various settings which may include hobbies, clubs, community organizations, associations, etc.