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It has been recently reported that Hemlock Semiconductor, one of the world’s leading suppliers of polycrystalline silicon, will be laying off approximately 300 employees at its plant located in Clarksville, TN. Since a layoff of this magnitude is happening to our own friends and family, I decided to write a small article about how to best deal with this unfortunate situation on your resume.

Due to the very limited availability of solar-related employment opportunities in Clarksville, there is a very real chance that those being laid off will not be able to secure a job locally in the solar industry. How can you make employers see the value in your skills, even if your experience is not directly related to their specific industry? How should you account for this on your resume? The answer is quite simple: highlight your transferable skills.

What are transferable skills, you ask? Simply put, transferable skills are skills that you use at your current job that will be applicable to a position with a new employer. For instance, if you work in a quality control (QC) position at Hemlock, you can easily secure a QC position at a plant with a new company. Rather than highlighting the material(s) you work with (polycrystalline silicon, in this case) on your resume, highlight the different processes and duties you perform on a daily basis. There is a good chance that you will perform similar duties at your new job, just not with the same products or materials, so make sure to inform hiring managers what your capabilities are.

There are several ways to highlight your transferable skills on your resume, but if that is a project you do not have the time or experience to handle, feel free to contact me for professional help. In fact, I’m offering discounts exclusively for those being laid off by Hemlock Semiconductor. For a limited time, receive $20 off a “Professional Resume” or $30 off my “Premiere Package” located on my resume writing services page once your order is placed.

By Drew Roark