As a successful administrative professional, you have the skills employers are looking for to help keep their businesses humming. Multi-tasking, organization skills, computer proficiency…these are common traits found in successful administrative professionals. In most administrative professionals.
So, how do you make your resume stand out to employers?
When you apply for an administrative job opening, you’re going to be up against dozens, if not hundreds, of administrative professionals who have many of the same skills you’re featuring on your resume. Here are four tips to help your resume stand out from the pack – and land you the job:
- Focus on accomplishments. Include the necessary skills, so that employers don’t misunderstand and believe you lack the skills needed for the job. But, your resume should focus on your on-the-job accomplishments. Did your organizational skills save your last employer on their shipping costs? Were you promoted within a short amount of time?
- Include duties outside your job description. As an administrative assistant, your duties often fall outside those of your standard job description. Were you responsible for training new office assistants? Did you coordinate client communications, or delivery of goods? Pay special attention to examples of work that went above and beyond to contribute to your team.
- Note any additional training or education. Even if it doesn’t relate directly to the job requirements, be sure to include any additional training or education you have received. Whether it’s a degree, or an online course in a proprietary software, let your employer know that you are constantly learning and seeking out new information. This will help show initiative, and a long-term approach to your career.
- Demonstrate stability. Highlight long-term employment (and growth within that company), or other items that demonstrate your reliability and stability (including attendance). Administrative staff are the hub of many businesses – without you, organizations can quickly turn to chaos. By showing that you are a stable, reliable employee, you are helping to set yourself apart from the pack.
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