Focus on Generic Skills
The best approach toward a career-change resume is a functional resume rather than a traditional resume. A functional resume lists job function or job area irrespective of the organization, title, or designation, whereas a traditional resume lists the companies worked in chronological order.
Increased competitiveness and the challenges of globalization have changed traditional notions of work, and companies now prefer multitasking as opposed to a fixed job description that places importance on title and designation.
A career-change resume needs to capitalize on this trend by focusing on generic skills and accomplishments suited for any job rather than placing stress on unrelated accomplishments or functional skills of the previous job. Examples of such generic skills include the ability to multi-task, proficiency in computers, negotiation and communication skills, supervisory skills, people management skills, and similar acquired skill sets. Such skills are easily transferable irrespective of the profession.
Including extracurricular activities such as accomplishments in sports, community service, and relevant hobbies is normally not required in a resume, but they are a good idea on a career-change resume that might otherwise look thin. Such inclusion should, however, highlight the candidate’s well-rounded personality.