Recently we advertised for an Administration Assistant. We were fortunate enough to be inundated with resumes which we thought would make our job really difficult. As it turned out, it was really easy to sort through the resumes, simply because of what was or was not in them. Like to know what I was looking for as an employer? Let’s explore.
How to Send a Resume to a Small Business
Include a Cover Letter
While we didn’t ask for a cover letter, we immediately discounted all applicants who sent through their resumes as with no email to accompany them. That’s right, many of our applicants actually sent through their resumes as an attachment to a blank email. When you applying for any job, especially one in administration or customer service, it is important to be displaying those skills right from the very first contact. It does not need to be elaborate, especially if not asked for, but at the very least something along the lines of “Hi, my name is Nicole and I am interested in applying for your advertised position of administration assistant. Please find attached my resume. Thank you for your time, Kind Regards, Nicole Cox 0411 304 680
Simple and to the point without leaving the person you are sending them too, scratching there heads.
Consider How Your Resume is Presented
Many of the resumes we received were not at all well written. This is important when applying for all positions but again essential when applying for an administration position. Be careful of your wording, your spelling and explain any great time lapses in your employment history. Employers are looking for honesty in their potential employees, if you’ve had a bad experience it’s going to come out at some time, there is no point hiding it. Taken time off to have kids? Document this.
Include Job Descriptions
When writing your resume, be sure to include a basic job description. Give the employer the opportunity to understand what you are capable of. If your role included more than what would be typical for that position, be sure to document that. A resume is to display you to your best advantage.
Include Your Hobbies
This gives the employer and opportunity to understand what you like to do in your spare time. Many of these skills can also be an asset to a business, especially a small one, where multitasking is so important.
Consider Attaching A Photo
I can recall getting a job before I even attended the interview because my employer thought I looked trustworthy. Obviously only do this if you have a good quality head shot, but these are easy to take on your phone.
Show Your Personality
A resume is a great opportunity for your potential employer to learn as much as possible about you. Don’t be afraid to share some of your personality. Small business often have the employer working along side employees, we want to know that we are able to get along. Sharing your personality a little will help you stand out from the crowd.
All business are different, the most important tip I can give is to read the add several times before you do anything. Be sure you are including all the information the employer has requested, then edit, edit, edit.
I hope these tips help, good luck!
Do you have any tips to share? What things have you done to win over an employer? What is the worst job you have ever had?
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