Just how tough is it to switch careers? HR pro Terry Petracca and recruiter Peter Moore
explain the hurdles. Have a Good Reason for the Change "A lot oftimes, people change careers because they're fed up with working for company X, orthey're fed up with being an accountant—maybe Mom and Dad pushed you into a career you weren't really interested in," Petracca explains. "But you're always in a better position if you've been thoughtful as to why you want something dif‘lerent~namely, you're looking toward another career, rather than running away from your current one."

Be Prepared to Start from the Bottom
"Let's say you're transitioning from recruiting to car sales: You might have a lot of
relevant skills-you know how to convince people to work somewhere, which is similar
to selling things-but you've never truly sold cars before," Moore emphasizes. "As a
result, you'll have to prove yourself as a car salesman, which requires starting from the
bottom.” Petracca also notes that you'll definitely have to start from the bottom if you're transitioning to a job that requires going back to school or getting credentialed.

Know That You'll Be a Hard Sell
"Sometimes people attach cover letters to their resume explaining why they're making
the transition, but it's pretty rare for recruiters to have time to read those,” Moore
explains. "Some positions have over 1,000 applicants, so we scan through those
resumes for keywords-if your background doesn't match those keywords, your resume will end up in the trash. Because of this, it's often better to keep your title ambiguous: Just list the company name and the roles and responsibilities you performed."

But Remember, It Just Might Work Out
"In HR, you find a lot of people who were teachers that got burned out. Maybe they can't handle all the kids, or they don't like the way teaching has changed," Petracca says. "They had psychology or sociology degrees, and they like dealing with people, which is why they went into teaching. These skills transfer well into a business environment, so those people usually thrive." But be warned: While you may thrive within your new position, Moore adds that you might end up having to prove that your new found interest is the real deal to friends and family, too.