4. Prepare specific examples
Show how your skills apply to the new industry. Your potential employers may not be familiar with the industry you have experience in, so focus on the similarities and provide specific examples.
"If you say you have great communication skills, you need to show us the types of experiences that you've had specifically that highlight that skill," explains Bryan Quick, senior manager in university relations.
5. Update Your brand
The final step to successfully change industries is articulating your skills in your resume and social networking profile, including examples that validate them, says Mittra.
One crucial aspect to nailing your new professional marketing is using the right terms. For example, your new industry may use "clients" instead of "customers." Familiarize yourself with the language nuances of the industry.
Tap into your network as this stage, too. They can point out skills you may have overlooked, review your updated resume and profile for any red flags, and vouch for your qualifications when you need references.