7 Powerful Leadership Skills to Highlight When You Change Careers


7 Powerful Leadership Skills to Highlight When You Change Careers

Are you thinking about taking the leap to change careers? It may feel like you’re about to start completely over but don’t worry! You’ve gained a ton of leadership skills on this career path that you’ll use in your new industry. Finding ways to highlight the skills below in your cover letter, resume, and interview can help set you apart from the crowd and put you on good footing as you pursue your new dream!

  1. Project Management – You know this is about more than bossing people around on a project. Good project managers are excellent planners and communicators, making sure enough time is planned for a project, keeping everyone in the loop as it moves along, and communicating about potential risks as well as missteps. Most importantly great project managers know when to say no. These are skills that are useful in any career, so be sure to tout them loud and proud as part of what you bring to the table.
  1. Budget Management – No matter what field you’re in, or hope to be in, money is what makes the business world go round. Basic accounting skills and maybe some beyond-beginner ones like knowing the difference between cash and accrual accounting can give your career ambitions a boost – especially if you want a management position. Other budget management skills that will appeal to employers in your new career are budget preparation and variance analysis.
  1. Regulatory Compliance – This is one of those skills that sounds fancier – and harder – than it is if you’re not familiar with it. But, at its core, regulatory compliance is the way companies make sure they are following specific requirements. The cool thing about having regulatory compliance in your skillset is that rules are everywhere. Sure, some industries are more regulated than others, such as finance, healthcare, and law. But most companies have some set procedure they are following, so if you can offer expertise on staying compliant they’ll likely welcome it.
  1. Conflict Resolution – Let’s face it, no one likes work drama, but it happens. Lucky for your future employer you’re pretty good at navigating an argument. Being able to keep a level head, listen, and negotiate to reach a resolution are excellent skills in any field. Highlighting your abilities as a consensus builder to future employers will show that you are a team player and give them another reason to hire you.
  1. Willingness to Learn – The world is changing fast. Like, really fast. No matter what industry you are choosing to move to, chances are you’ll have a lot to learn. Then after you’ve learned what you need to know, there will be even more knowledge to take in. All employers want to know they are hiring someone who will be committed to lifelong learning to help keep the company competitive.
  1. Understanding of Analytics – With the advancement of technology in every field, information and data are at so many people’s fingertips. Being able to read and understand analytics is crucial for nurses, auto mechanics, vet techs, business managers and plenty of other professions. If you’re good at looking at numbers to create projections, find efficiencies in processes, identify potential risks, or identify any other number of patterns, you’ll be able to put that skill to use in your new career.
  1. Accountability – Most people want autonomy in their careers. But, what really matters to employers, especially if they have a ROWE – results-only work environment – focus is accountability. We’re not talking about the Webster’s dictionary of accountability. That’s about reporting to or explaining actions to someone. This is about owning responsibility for what needs to get done and always looking for better ways to do it. If you can highlight ways you’ve been accountable in your past career, you’ll be that much more of an appealing candidate in your new one.

Wondering which of your skills will transfer to another career? Our Admissions Advisors at Ashworth College can help. Get in touch today!



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