I would suggest you begin networking with people in local government that do the kind of work you'd like to transition to. You've already demonstrated you are serious about your career by joining a professional association, and that's good. Be sure to highlight that and any related volunteer work on your resume.Many industries have a bias against "outsiders"and local government is not different. But the demands for talent created by the retiring Boomers will force a change to that I believe. Like Marcos mentions, you might see if you can get some hands-on experience working in a local government. If you're in a position where you are working already in a full time job and taking classes, you can still find some volunteer work that shouldn't take much time and gain some good connections and exposure to how a community works.When crafting your resume, focus less on where you worked and more on transferable skills. This is sometimes called a "functional resume" and can help highlight skills applicable to local government work you are seeking.Lastly, keep an eye out this fall for a new guidebook for career changers. We have a membership task force that is creating that at this moment! It will be announced in our membership newsletter, and linked on http://icma.org/careers.