Jane J. Lee of Forbes.com shows you, How to Land a Job in Another Industry.
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Benjamin Kinney used to spend hours poring over dusty property records in courthouses across Oklahoma. His job: mapping out legal titles to mineral rights at the behest of oil companies.
“It was good to be in the oil business,” says Kinney, 31. “I liked the routine, and it really was stimulating work.”
But being a field land man lacked one important thing: stability. “You could get called into the office to work on Monday and then get fired on Tuesday,” says Kinney. “I was no longer interested in riding the roller coaster.”
How to translate his skills into a new, less volatile job in a different industry?
Millions of people are faced with reinventing their careers in this troubled economy. While industry expertise remains important, employers large and small confirm that there is ample opportunity for those looking to make a vocational switch.
Kinney is proof. Last month he interviewed at ONEsite, which builds social-network software and is based in Oklahoma City. With zero experience in the technology industry, Kinney wouldn’t have seemed a logical pick. Still, Thad Martin, ONEsite’s cofounder, saw another set of skills that his company needed. “Researching property ownerships takes a lot of precision, and so does project management,” says Martin.