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It’s common to get nervous about marketing yourself. Especially if you’re trying to switch fields or land a higher-level role, it’s tough to know how to highlight a certain skill or strength if it wasn’t the core part of your recent job. If you’re interested in working with a certain tool, platform or process and have some familiarity with it, it’s critically important that you highlight that information in your resume.

When planning to show a professional pivot or progression, a career summary could start with:

  • ‘Aspiring Project Manager & Customer Success Specialist…’
  • 'Junior Data Analyst & Marketing Specialist…’
  • 'Recent Front-End Development Graduate with knowledge and experience with JavaScript, HTML, Bootstrap and JQuery…’

The goal is to weave together where you’ve been and where you’re headed.

When we’re in a low point at work, it can be hard to trust our own ability to learn and grow. Remember that you are capable and intelligent! You are a work in progress, and your next job should give you the opportunity to continue to evolve professionally.

Andrea Gerson
Post by Andrea Gerson
November 4, 2021
Andrea Gerson is a social worker, career coach and workforce technology founder. Over the past 15 years, she's crafted impactful resumes for over 7,500 clients – many of who have gotten hired at organizations like Google, Apple, and the U.N. She's partnered with dozens of non-profit workforce agencies to lead staff trainings on topics like job search strategies, interview preparation and navigating workplace conflict. Andrea brings a strengths-based, client-centered perspective, and her work is an extension of her commitment to addressing the opportunity gap.