New Job, New Direction

Susan Hall
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10 Tech Skills That Are Heading the Way of the Dinosaur

The recession left thousands of people laid off, and I couldn't fathom what would happen to all those people. And while jobs are coming back, workers don't necessarily find new jobs where you might expect.


According to a new survey by CareerBuilder of workers laid off in the past year, 59 percent have found new positions, 4 percentage points higher than in the survey last year. For 90 percent of these workers, the jobs were full time, while 10 percent reported new part-time jobs.


The thing is, of those who found new jobs, 60 percent reported that they were in a new industry, compared with 48 percent who said so in 2010.


CareerBuilder President Brent Rasmussen is quoted, saying:

Over the last few years, we've seen workers, out of necessity, cast a wider net and discover new career paths they may never have considered pre-recession. New talent is flowing in and out of industries as workers apply their skill sets to new occupations.

Reinvent yourself in that way requires taking stock of your transferable skills, the skills useful across industries. This ReminderNews post focuses on veterans, who have a higher-than-average rate of unemployment and who can have particular difficulty "building a bridge" in the description of their military work to match the needs of a civilian company. And it is all about the employer's needs.


Transferable skills might be training, planning, organizing, analyzing and more. You can find some examples here. The ReminderNews post also points out there are work-content skills that tend to be technical and job-specific with their own jargon. It's important to put that work in layman's language on your resume and cover letter.


And the cover letter is the ideal place to "build a bridge" if you're trying to change industries. This post at offers some examples of cover letters that show how a skill can transfer to the new career you seek.

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