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I have a very specific issue about my upcoming career path but I think the principle could be applicable to others so will hopefully be of broader interest.

I am currently trying to switch sector. Specifically, switching within the marketing sector. I have a several years experience in political marketing and have clear successes in the sector. I am now trying to move in to commercial marketing - primarily because the scope for promotion in my current field is highly limited and I am ambitious.

I know I have the necessary skills and experience to succeed in a commercial setting, but employers seem to be very skeptical of my having chosen a political career in the first place. I have considered addressing this in application letters by saying something to the following affect:

"I know that my experience is not within the field your company operates, but I have the required skills. I am confident that in interview you will see that my experience is completely transferable to the goals of your organisation."

I was just wondering whether people thought this would be useful to show that I am aware of this possible issue, or whether it would stand more chance of simply emphasising it?

If relevant, I am 27 and based in the UK, in South Wales.

Many thanks.

Kevin

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"I know that my experience is not within the field your company operates, but I have the required skills. I am confident that in interview you will see that my experience is completely transferable to the goals of your organisation."

 

Kevin, this sounds a bit too apologetic to my mind and would end up in the reject pile. You have acquired many specific skills that may be transferrable to varying degrees. Some others will allow you to look from a different viewpoint.

 

Perhaps try something more direct and positive

“My existing skill set will benefit the Company. Coming from a political background there are sector-specific skills which are applicable to the commercial market. [bullet-point examples?]

These additional skills will increase the creative base within the Company and will deliver more clients. I look forward to exploring this further in interview.”

-       And good luck. Chris