There is high demand for office support staff in today’s job market. Whether you are aiming for a role as an administrative assistant, office manager, personal assistant, project assistant or general office assistant, there are some important things to include on your resume to attract the attention of hiring managers.
Resume Fundamentals for Office Jobs
It should go without saying, but your resume should always include:
- Your name and current contact information
- Objective or short, personal statement that summarizes your goals within the context of the job you’re applying to.
- Relevant skills, including both technical skills like software proficiencies and typing speed, as well as non-technical skills like communication.
- Previous work experience, focusing on your achievements and highlighting important skills, as opposed to simply listing your responsibilities and tasks.
- Education, certifications, etc.
If you volunteer in the community, you can also include this experience in its own section. Volunteer work shows that you are a well-rounded person, that you take initiative, and volunteering also builds soft skills that can translate into the workplace.
Skills That Are In Demand For Office Jobs
Every single job will be different, but you can expect that employers will be looking for similar skills. When it comes to working in an office, Proficiency in Microsoft Office is critical. Employers want people with advanced Microsoft Word, Outlook and PowerPoint skills, and they are usually looking for intermediate Excel skills, though some employers want to see advanced Excel skills. They may also be looking for social media proficiency and general internet savviness.
Don’t forget to showcase your soft skills, as well. Employers want to see that you can contribute well to a team, that you have strong verbal and written communication skills, organizational skills, attention to detail, interpersonal skills, initiative, problem-solving abilities, as well as the ability to prioritize and multitask.
Attention To Detail Matters
In order to wow an employee when applying for office jobs, you must remember two things: a tailored resume will get you noticed, and never skimp on proofreading. Hiring managers can spot generic resume from a mile away. To make the right impression, you must tailor your resume, showcasing the skills and experience from your background that they employer is looking for in their ideal candidate.
Before sending your resume and cover letter, proof everything at least three times. Ask a friend or two to look it over for typographical errors, as well. Hiring managers are looking for people with attention to detail, so you don’t want to submit a resume that indicates you are a “rabid typist” as opposed to a “rapid typist.”
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