The most important assets for any career transition are the right tools. You need basic career tools to get promoted, change jobs, change careers, shift industries, or improve your performance. In this section, we describe the various career tools you most likely need and how to create them. These tools include:
- Resume and cover letter
- Thank you and follow-up notes
- Letter of acceptance or decline
- Visual portfolio to illustrate sample work, certificates, or awards
Most of your communication with potential employers will be written, including resumes, cover letters and thank you letters. Having a strategic approach to career transition means that every communication you write supports the goals of your job search plan. However, many professionals struggle with selling themselves on paper. Unfortunately, flawed communications consistently deliver flawed – and disappointing – results. The ability to present yourself in a way that represents your best qualities, and that demonstrates your potential value to employers, can make the difference between a passing glance at your resume and a job offer.