By Abby Haldane
Transitioning to a new job or career can be difficult, especially when it’s a new field for you. If you’re looking to change careers, it can feel daunting – how can you showcase your abilities if you don’t have previous experience? You may know that once you get your foot in the door, you’ll excel, but you need to convince an employer of that, too.
The good news is that there are probably many experiences you’ve already had that can show off what you’re capable of. You may not have formal experience in manufacturing, but most likely you do have some hands-on experiences or skills. Manufacturers understand that entry-level applicants might not have manufacturing experience. Instead, they’re looking for folks who are comfortable with active, hands-on work and who learn quickly.
When you reflect on your previous experiences to see if they’re hands-on, you’ll probably come up with a lot of examples! Think about things that you enjoyed doing that you’d like to do in a job. Maybe you have hands-on skills thanks to taking a class, or working on do-it-yourself projects with friends or family. In an interview, employers might ask how your skills relate – see our previous blog post for helpful tips on how to answer.
Focus on active experiences that showcase your ability to learn, where you had personal ownership over a task, and where you worked with your hands. You can use these as evidence that you have the potential to be successful in a manufacturing role. Any hobby or informal experience you have that meets one of these criteria can be relevant:
Here are some of the experiences you might have that demonstrate hands-on skills and capabilities outside of work:
What other examples of hands-on skills outside of work can you think of? Share your own experiences on Facebook here.