How to get the best from your admin assistant CV or resume template
There is no single “right” way to write and finalise a curriculum vitae but these basic tips always apply:
1. Your CV is targeted to the exact role or industry you are aiming for and highlights the most important skills you have.
Look at the admin post you are thinking of applying for. Which specific skills is the recruiter interested in? Make sure you highlight which of those you have when you’re completing your CV.
2. It is carefully and clearly set out, in the order your recruiter will expect, legible and not crowded.
3. It is thorough but succinct.
4. It is devoid of any spelling and grammar mistakes. If you note attention to detail as a skill, be sure your grammar and spelling is perfect.
In addition to these ‘musts’, here are our top strategies for customising this template:
1. Always adjust
If your curriculum vitae is written the wrong way round on vibrant green paper and it gets you regular interviews, why think about altering it? The bottom line is that if it’s generating results, don’t be too quick to meddle with what works. On the other hand, if it’s not getting you results, ask people you know to look it over and suggest changes. Having said this, if you go with the template above as a starting point, you are unlikely to go far wrong.
2. Make it keyword friendly
If you have uploaded your CV to a job website so employers can find you, keywords are extremely important. Job titles along with job keywords will help a search engine pick you out from the pile. To get ideas for keywords, carry out a search online and see which words are often used when you put in your job title.
3. Short and sweet
Commonly a CV will be no longer than two pages – and by that we mean a couple of pages of A4 sheets. Employers devote, typically, only eight seconds looking at any one curriculum vitae, and a surefire way of landing your application on the no pile is to send them your whole life history. Always keep your CV punchy, concise, and reserve the detail for the interview.
4. Jazz it up
Image is everything these days, and that also goes for your CV. Make the effort to improving how the curriculum vitae looks, in addition to the content. Use bullet points to help organise your information, and keep sentences punchy. Make use of the graphic design technique of allowing plenty of white space surrounding your text and around sections to make the CV easy to digest.
5. Customise it
We’ve all done it. Posting or emailing the same CV to lots of employers to save your time. Across-the-board messages offer modest results so don’t fall into this trap – put in the time to modify your curriculum vitae for every single job that you apply for. Research the company and use the job posting to work out specifically what skills you should highlight to them. They will value the patent effort.
6. Sell your maths
Backing up your accomplishments with numbers makes selling yourself significantly simpler. When crafting your work history, don’t just state that you increased sales – tell them you boosted sales by sixty percent over a four month period. Be specific.
7. Include your objectives
Don’t just assume an employer will know how your experience applies to their job. Instead, incorporate a short personal statement to summarise why you are the ideal person for the position. This should be indicated in your cover letter too.
8. Be honest
Outright lies on your CV can land you in a ton of trouble when it comes to employers checking out your references and background. The last thing you want is to start work and then lose your new job for resorting to lies. In addition, you may get caught out at the interview stage when you all of a sudden can’t answer questions on what you claim to know. It’s never worth the stress – don’t do it!
9. Don’t leave gaps without an explanation
Leaving noticeable gaps on your curriculum vitae immediately makes employers doubtful – and they won’t give you the benefit of the doubt. If you have been out of the job market it can be a concern but just turn it into something positive. Did you study for a course, do some volunteer work or cultivate soft skills like communication or teamwork? If that’s the case, make it crystal clear. Don’t assume you will get the chance to clarify at the interview – as the gaps may put them off giving you a chance.
10. Correct your mistakes
Employers do look for errors on CV and if they find them, it makes you seem careless. With many recruiters dealing with massive amounts of applicants these days, providing them with the excuse to disregard your application on account of preventable errors is definitely not going to assist you to land an interview. Even if you really feel your grammar and spelling is perfect, use a spelling check and ask someone else to double check what you have written – the ‘sanity check’.
11. Maintain up-to-date
You should maintain your CV updated whether you are looking for a new role or not. Every time something important occurs in your career, record it so you don’t later forget something that might be worthwhile.