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Changing careers while working is tricky

Q. I am a late bloomer and I worked in construction for eight years before I found out what I really wanted for a career. I went to school, graduated, got my certification, but right now prospects are very tight. How do I create a resume for a career in radiology tech, when I am not presently working in that field, but I am working full time?

A. You were smart to select an occupation in health care. Overall, health care is an area of expected growth. The employment outlook for radiology technologist is quite positive. For more information about this career, visit bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Radiologic-technologists.htm.

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Changing fields is a challenge, but not an insurmountable one. I see more and more people change fields within the workforce today compared with past decades. A few tips for you:

Stay connected to the career services office of the school from where you graduated. Often the career services office receives job postings and information on who is hiring within your field. They can also help you write a resume that discusses your work history, but also conveys your intent to use your recent degree.

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Join a professional association. The American Association of Radiologic Technologists (www.asrt.org) is one to consider. This professional association also offers career services.

Join LinkedIn and begin following potential employers. Join career-related groups on LinkedIn.

Start networking within the profession. Networking opportunities might be available through your college, community, local library, or professional association.

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Use free resources available. Visit www.boston.com/jobs. There is quite a bit of content that could be helpful to your job search.

Several years ago, there was an article posted on boston.com specifically addressing career changers. It is still applicable today. You can read this article by clicking on www.boston.com/jobs/advice/careerdevelopment/transitions/2010/.

Changing your career is achievable.

Patricia Hunt Sinacole is president of First Beacon Group, a human resources consulting firm in Hopkinton.
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