Creating a quality resume that sells your astonishing talents and proficient skills can be a harrowing task. Add other elements to the process, such as switching career goals, and you get an agonizing situation that surely perplex your already staggering nerves. Never fear, you can highlight your talents in a skilled way via the resume, even if switching from one style of work to a completely different professional endeavour, such as manual work to mental, or in some cases switching to mind over matter.

Manual work requires a complementary personality emphasized by the proficient use of tactile skills, plus an excellent sense of detail, use of physical strength and the desire to remain dedicated to laborious job repetition and hours. Building a solid work history in manual work is significant but making the transition into a career path that allows you to tap into that other side of your mind takes a whole other realm of skills. Conversely, those with a strong history of mental work like social workers in mental health or medical counsellors, might find that physical labour does not come as easy, and making the switch over could pose a daunting burden. To say one form of work is better than the other is truly a moot point because each field requires a personal dexterity, acquired talents and job specific adroitness. No matter the case, you can make a switch from manual work to mental work with a smooth transition that is completely accentuated by a solid, shining resume.

Things to keep in mind when formulating a resume that differs from your foundation of work history include specific education and competencies that make you a viable candidate for the intended job. Research the exact education requirements for the job before submitting a resume and if you meet the qualifications, impress upon the similar qualities you have in one type of job that transcend into the other field. For instance, manual work is detailed and emphasizes use of tangible sensory skills whereas mental work utilizes detail orientation too, but through intangible means. In clarifying your attentiveness to detail, you want to thoroughly outline the ability without overselling it or embellishing on a skill you cannot deliver.

I’ve always been amused by the contention that brain work is harder than manual labor. I’ve never known a man to leave a desk for a muck-stick if he could avoid it.”
John Steinbeck

Colourful adjectives, simple phrasing and concise explanations are valuable on a quality resume. Sell yourself but remain truthful. If your work experience in the manual job does not in any way complement your pursuit of a mental job, that does not mean you are not a good candidate, it just means you need to find a bridge between what you know and what you want so a potential employer takes the time to meet the person behind the writing.