I have 10 years of professional experience in the fossil fuel IT industry.
It has taught me many valuable lessons, and fairly compensated me, but there are a few major motivators for me wanting to change industry alignment. Most of all, as I gain more senior positions, I have more awareness of the business impact of my projects and initiatives, and I frankly think I will feel much more happy if I make a positive impact on a business not as detrimental to society as hydrocarbons. In fewer words, I want to reflect more positively upon my impact on society. There are other motivators that would just distract from this question but suffice to say it isn't about the technology I work with or the pay or the colleagues. Those are all fine.
I have been unsuccessfully applying to Healthcare IT positions for about 6 months. I have not progressed beyond HR screens except one time. While hiring policies rarely allow for explanations of why you were not selected, the main things I hear are:
- You need industry experience for this position, and you do not have it
- You are too experienced for this position
I have tinkered with my resume several times and the responses don't seem to change materially.
I think the specific industries are not relevant, and when I turn the question around I can understand how the hiring managers are thinking - I am often hiring or placing contractors, and I would never suggest someone who has less than 5 years of industry experience for anything other than an entry level job, and I would balk at someone with 10 years of experience in another industry applying for an entry level position.
It's worth mentioning my experience revolves mostly around enterprise applications and their software development lifecycle - which I feel is a slightly less portable skill than networking or security, for example.
How can someone make a compelling case for a hiring manager in a different industry?