Want to work in a new industry? You're more qualified than you think.

Throughout your life, you build an arsenal of skills and expertise that can be leveraged to market yourself as a great candidate across a multitude of different roles. Here's how.

Katy Boyles |
Katy is our Social Media Manager at Snagajob, where she loves talking to hourly workers and employers all day long. Her first hourly job was as a hostess.

You spend 1/3rd of your life at work—let that sink in for a moment. Your career should enhance your life. If you find yourself more miserable than not in your current situation, or constantly longing to follow a different path, it’s time to make a change! 

It’s natural to view change as scary and doubt your ability to try something new, but you shouldn’t discount how valuable your skills and experience are. 

Trust us—you’re more qualified to jump into a brand new career than you think. Throughout your life, you build an arsenal of skills and expertise that extend far past whatever role you’re currently in. These are transferable skills, which can be leveraged to market yourself as a great candidate across a multitude of different roles. Let us show you exactly what we mean. 

Here are a few examples of how someone can move from their current job to a brand new role in a different industry utilizing their current experience:

Front-of-house food service industry: Host, server, busser, bartender 

Working in the service industry is fast-paced and demanding. Servers, hosts, and all front-of-house roles are phenomenal at customer service, sales and multi-tasking. People who are successful in service industry roles have experience effectively moving the bottom line for the business, aka making money and boosting profits! 

You have so much more to offer than standard food service knowledge and delivering a knockout dining experience. Here are a few career changes to consider:

  • Administrative roles - assistants, coordinators, program manager, office manager, receptionist

  • Hospitality roles - hotel front desk, concierge, event planner or manager, guest services

  • Customer service - representative, call center agent, customer success manager,

  • Sales - sales development rep, retail sales, real estate sales, insurance sales  

Back-of-house food service industry: Chef, sous chef, line cook 

Talk about major time management skills and excelling in a fast-paced environment. Every detail handled behind the scenes in a restaurant is juggled by the kitchen staff—from food prep, cooking, plating, to managing the line all while keeping your working space up to code. The ability to run a smooth operation while caring for a full restaurant of customers is no easy task!  

There are several career changes to fit your unique skill set. You have a wide range of options including both staying in the food industry and beyond. Here are a few career changes to consider:

  • Health and wellness roles: nutritionist, dietitian

  • Food sales and marketing: culinary sales associate, food supplier, culinary supervisor, quality assurance manager, quality food and safety manager

  • Hospitality: events management, special events, corporate dining, management

  • Research & Development: R&D Technologist, staff scientist, product technologist, food scientist, food lab manager, product development

Warehouse jobs: General laborer, forklift operator, shipping and receiving associate, loader

Warehouse workers juggle multiple tasks at a time—from managing workflows, inventory, stocking shelves, to picking and packing. Not only are you a professional at multitasking, warehouse roles involve being proficient in technology and computer skills, problem-solving, and efficient communication. Your work directly impacts business profitability and efficiency.

Your ability to keep the supply chain in motion and on schedule will serve you well in several industries. Here are a few career changes to consider:

  • Customer service: customer service representative, maintenance worker

  • Supply chain: material handler, package handler, assembler, machine operator, production worker, inventory control specialist

  • Sanitization: cleaner, janitor

  • Sales: sales representative, sales associate

  • Driver: delivery driver, freight driver

  • Retail: inventory clerk, inventory control, inventory manager

Cashier jobs: front end associate, checker, retail cashier, front desk agent 

Cashiers are found in a wide range of businesses. Anywhere customer sales are made, whether in retail or hospitality, cashiers are likely involved. You deliver an outstanding experience in a customer’s final moments while also holding a large responsibility to the business to manage the cash register and sales records. 

You're a double threat with strong customer service and money handling skills. Here are a few industries that will welcome you with open arms:

  • Finance industry: bank teller, bookkeeping, financial clerk, accounting clerk

  • Customer service: customer service representative, customer service trainer

  • Business industry: sales representative, sales associate

  • Administrative roles - assistants, coordinators, program manager, office manager, receptionist

Cleaning: Cleaner, custodian, janitor, housekeeper, industrial cleaning, sanitation worker

Cleaning roles are found in a variety of establishments, from public schools and hospitals to businesses and private residences. You’re knowledgeable on solutions and solvents and proficient in the use and maintenance of cleaning equipment. Not only do you maintain the cleanliness of the building, you’re responsible for ensuring health and safety codes are met. 

With a strong mix of cleaning, administrative, and physical skills, you’re easily able to transfer to new industries. Here are a few career changes to consider:

  • Healthcare: in-home healthcare, animal caretaker

  • Maintenance roles: facilities manager, pest control 

  • Office roles: building and grounds keeping, stockers and order fillers

  • Restaurant roles: dishwasher, food server, busser, catering staff, hospital cafeteria assistant