Pitfalls for career changer

ElGato127ElGato127 Member Posts: 130 ■■■□□□□□□□
Greetings all, Are there any unique issues for people making a career change into IT from other fields? I have worked in healthcare and education in the past. While gaining an advanced degree in healthcare, I gained a lot of transferable soft skills but realized the actual medical work was not for me. I have already identified a few things in my resume (not bad things) that would cause most HR reps to throw away my resume without a serious look. 1. The degree. Advanced degree not directly related to IT. 2. Prior positions that have paid slightly more. HR at least would assume I am going to grab a higher-pay position the next day. Do most hiring managers have the same prejudices? 3. Looking too smart for the job. While a smart hiring manager would see the value of a quick-learning and hard-working team member, not so sure the HR reps would see it that way. In your experience, are hiring managers more willing to give newcomers a chance? I keep hearing about HR reps who simply toss out all resumes received. I may just be making too much of this and over-analyzing. I am also willing to clarify any questions as needed. Thanks

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  • ElGato127ElGato127 Member Posts: 130 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Sorry about the paragraph formatting. It had paragraph breaks when I typed it and when I edited it.
  • scaredoftestsscaredoftests Security +, ITIL Foundation, MPT, EPO, ACAS, HTL behind youMod Posts: 2,781 Mod
    For me, it was because of a job layoff. Instead of just limiting myself to just a single job skill, I was able to gain experience wearing different hats. Such as DBA, systems admin, help/desk support or administrative admin. Sometimes, managers do see..if you ask questions and bring a notebook they love that.
    Never let your fear decide your fate....
  • ElGato127ElGato127 Member Posts: 130 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I may not have been entirely clear. I am actually making a career change from medicine into IT and wanted to gauge how hard it would be to find a hiring manager willing to take a chance on me. My cover letter emphasizes the soft skills I learned during my training and my technical knowledge, but my job history does not look a whole lot like IT. Was that how you understood my earlier post?
  • scaredoftestsscaredoftests Security +, ITIL Foundation, MPT, EPO, ACAS, HTL behind youMod Posts: 2,781 Mod
    Do you have computer experience?
    Never let your fear decide your fate....
  • ElGato127ElGato127 Member Posts: 130 ■■■□□□□□□□
    A+ certification, built several computers, installed operating systems in all three major desktop families, tons of troubleshooting...
  • scaredoftestsscaredoftests Security +, ITIL Foundation, MPT, EPO, ACAS, HTL behind youMod Posts: 2,781 Mod
    That is very helpful in your search. Send out some resumes, emphasizing those skills.
    Never let your fear decide your fate....
  • ElGato127ElGato127 Member Posts: 130 ■■■□□□□□□□
    That is very helpful in your search. Send out some resumes, emphasizing those skills.
    Are people still doing resume evaluations here? I got it just about where I want it, but would like a little feedback.
  • techfiendtechfiend Member Posts: 1,481 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Keep showing progression on your certs to show you're serious about the field, don't hesitate to put a cert you are working on as in progress on your resume, it's only helped me. Your degree unrelated to IT should still hold a lot of weight, it shows you are willing to persist. IT is a very fluid field, employers are lucky to get 2 years from ambitous employees. There are plenty of employers, mainly SMB, that underpay to hire greener people and allow them to get great experience to move on, that's pretty typical.
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  • joemc3joemc3 Member Posts: 141 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I went from Education into IT. I started out at a helpdesk taking phone calls and moved up in 6 months. I studied and evaluated every move. In my opinion why not leverage your current experience and degree and work in IT healthcare. You might be able to find a position to work as a tech through your current network. Have you thought about IT healthcare Management?
  • capwapcapwap Member Posts: 34 ■■□□□□□□□□
    If you believe the advanced degree is going to hurt you in the transition, just leave it off your resume entirely.
  • techfiendtechfiend Member Posts: 1,481 ■■■■□□□□□□
    How could say a masters in medicine make the resume worse? If I was hiring I'd look at it as a positive that you were willing to go through years of education to get where you are.
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