The eternal curse of the career changer
July 30, 2014 9:24 AM Subscribe
Hiring managers of MeFi: say you're looking at the resume or cover letter of a candidate who is a mid-life (or later) career changer. They are attempting to come into your field with much professional experience in a totally unrelated career, but little-to-no professional, paying experience in your field. Are there things about them that would make you run screaming? Things that would make you go "hmmmm...maybe..."?
posted by Sockrates to Work & Money (12 answers total) 32 users marked this as a favorite
My fear is that it seems like everyone only wants someone who is either fresh out of school, or else is experienced in doing exactly what the position requires. And as an oldster, I understand that I come with risks that young'uns do not. However, I am more than happy to take a major salary cut if it means I can get my foot in the door. And I am not the most professionally ambitious person, so chances that I'm going to be clawing my way up out of a position shortly after getting it are nil.
If it matters, I am attempting to move into a career where I have no paid experience, but a fair bit of experience doing the job for free/as a volunteer. I've tried to promote that for all it's worth, but so far it hasn't been working.
As always, thank you!