Q&A: Where can I find free, solid help in writing a new resume that shows me how to pull out my administrative skills from previous jobs? I would like to return to administrative support roles in a company with growth. I am in my mid 40s without a college degree.
On average, a recruiter reviews your CV within a time span of 6 seconds. What does this mean for you? It means that your CV needs to be impeccable; it needs to be free from spelling mistakes, grammatical errors and importantly, it needs to highlight your skills and experience.
A CV needs to be specific to the job title you’re applying for, in this case, an Administrative Assistant position.
Keywords for your CV
An Administrative Assistant needs to be able to multi-task to handle many responsibilities at once, these duties may include answering phone calls and updating and mapping out schedules. They’ll be able to problem solve and think quickly on their feet. An Administrative Assistant will communicate with customers and clients orally and verbally, both having equal importance. Strong writing skills are fundamental for this position and some employers may also require a firm understanding of business English. Not only should any previous job experience, volunteering or courses related to these skills appear in the resume, but they should also be highlighted and easy to spot.
Though it’s not necessary for an Administrative Assistant to be exceptionally tech savvy, they should have general knowledge of basic software programs such as spreadsheets, databases, word processing and graphic presentation software programs.
In most cases, a college education is not required for this position but of course, having one will only work in your favour. It’s a pretty competitive job market out there and we suggest taking a few courses to brush up your skills. Classes like Business Management, Accounting and Marketing can all be taken online or at a vocational school for a fee that won’t break your bank account! Any course related to administration or any certificate you acquire should be added to your CV.
Tips for a stellar CV
- Your CV needs to be specifically created for the position you are applying for. If it’s not, it’ll get tossed aside. Know the ins and outs; the company, the position and what type of candidate they’re looking for.
- The skills we’ve listed above need to make it into your CV, and they need to be seen easily. You’ve got 6 seconds to impress the recruiter- if you can’t find relevant skills and information quickly, the recruiter won’t either. Make it easy for them.
- List your recent experiences, but only if they pertain to the job you’re looking for.
- Apply to what you’re qualified for. If you’ve never worked in an office setting, don’t apply for an Executive Administrative position.
- Spelling mistakes and grammatical errors are an instant no-go for the recruiter. Review and re-read your CV with detail before sending it! It’s also a good idea to have someone else look over it; a fresh pair of eyes may spot an overlooked detail.
Using our Job Trends, we’ve found the average salary for an Administrative Assistant in the UK is about £20,000 annually, with an experienced few, 1.5% of employees gaining £100,000 per year.
Most current job listings are for permanent full time positions in the top hiring cities of London, Leeds and Winchester.
Currently we have over 6,000 Administrative Assistant job listings on JobisJob! Now that you’ve got they key to create the perfect CV, it’s time to start searching!
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