Let’s say your old job or current one is a little lackluster and you have a burning designer to bolt into the media world! Whether it’s the digital space in editing or perhaps design is more your thing, you may be wondering how to break in without any relevant experience.
Well, according to a post on U.S. News & World Report, making the leap can be done but there are a few pointers to keep in mind.
1. Be willing to start over. As pointed out in the piece, you need to have an open mind and go back to basics. This may mean taking a few steps down on the corporate ladder in order to position yourself for success. In addition to status, this could also equate to a pay cut. Yes, you’ll have to prove yourself in the media world but hey, won’t it be worth it? And on the bright side, you only need to make the leap once. Once you’re immersed in it, the only way to go is up!
2. Get some education. How else will you stand out if you don’t have any relevant work experience on your resume, right? Education, education, education. Take a class, get a certification, gain new skills in your desired area. That said, attending networking events with speakers for an annual conference or local chapters, say of the Society of Professional Journalists, will be beneficial as well.
3. Volunteer. Maybe your sights are set on public relations? Why not volunteer to work an event and help out publicists? You’ll be able to get hands-on experience and test it out. What if you don’t like being on your feet or following up with journalists? Sometimes volunteering could do you a world of good.
4. Frame your existing experience appropriately. Okay, maybe you haven’t exactly worked as an associate editor in a newsroom but perhaps you’ve already mastered how to juggle multiple deadlines in a former job. Yes, there are transferrable skills and there are ways to connect the dots on your resume. Craft your resume to a job description’s requirements and you’ll probably begin to see some (we didn’t say all — just some) skills overlap with opportunities to highlight therein.