As previously discussed, it might sound awkward for you to demand downshift in your career where everyone is looking for success every day. Honestly, you can always do so if you need to bring balance to life. Nothing is wrong to take such step but all you need to do is to be smart enough to convince the employers to hire you for the junior position though you possess years of experience in senior position to the one you demand. As far as senior positions are concerned, you can look for the requirements with our Senior Living Recruiters. If you have missed the previous blog, find out the former writing by clicking on the link below:
Restructure Your Resume and Cover Letter
You will almost certainly need to revamp your resume before you submit an application anywhere because the resume that got you the CFO Job is not necessarily the one that will land you a staff accountant position, factually. The job description of the position you want is a good place to start in this restructuring. You will have to remove accomplishments that do not align with the responsibilities and requirements outlined in the job description. Use the keywords and phrases that the employer uses in their posting to make it easier. Though you might dumb down your resume but always stay truthful and include relevant information; just change the focus. Emphasize the skills you have and how you will continue to contribute to a new team. For example, in the CFO-to-staff-accountant scenario, you would shift the focus away from developing financial plans and securing funding to your knowledge of accounting programs and compliance.
Moreover, if you include a summary statement at the top of your resume that highlights the change you are seeking and highlights how your skills and experience can expertly fulfill the organization’s needs can create more chances because company always seek for experience.
Use your cover letter to tell your story, including why you are making a change in your career path. But remember, as with all cover letters, your primary objective is to make the case for why you are the best choice for the employer. Do not mess up with focusing on convincing him for junior position but rather focus on you being the best choice for the open position they have.
For example, as a person who has experience in a role with more responsibility, I am in a unique position to be able to add value to your organization. I will be able to bring a big-picture approach to the role without having the expectation of running everything. I can also help mentor my peers and be a resource to the leader and lend perspective.”
Shine in the Interview
Here comes a critical moment! Your interview is the key to sell a potential employer on the decision to downshift and demonstrate to them that you (still) meant business. If hiring managers are concerned that you would be bored in junior role, convince them that you still want to be challenged and be of value just at a pace that would be healthier for you and your family. Expressing a desire to be helpful in a new way alleviated the company’s reservations.
Furthermore, explain why you are moving in a new direction and how your past experience will help you grow in your new role. Be transparent and vulnerable. Rather than downplay your previous experience, emphasize how it would make you stronger in the new role. For example, My [background] in sales and marketing gave me a unique insight into exactly how I could best support this new team because I was intimately familiar with their workflow, needs and thought patterns from my own experiences.
We, being Healthcare Recruiters advise anyone considering a downshift to bring up the same talking points such acknowledge your experience in your higher role, highlight the valuable perspective it gave you and talk up the benefits your presence will bring to their team in the new role. Hope you achieve what you seek for.