There is a certain art to applying for work depending on what industry you are looking to enter or what career path you’d like to pursue. There are many things to consider when sending in your application. Below are some valuable job search tips for job seekers looking for work as administrative professionals.
It is always a good idea to tailor your resume to the job you are applying to. For instance, if you are applying to an administrative position, you want to be sure to highlight all of the relevant admin experience you have with your job history. Where you list your skills, be sure each thing listed contributes to your ability to do the job you are applying for. Leave out unnecessary or irrelevant work history.
Cross Check Your Qualifications With the Job Description
Be sure to fully read the job description and be sure your qualifications are a match. Three-quarters of job applicants are unqualified for the jobs they apply to, which means they are wasting their time submitting the application. You can go through the job listings and pinpoint the “requirements” section. This will typically give you a bullet point list of what the employer is looking for. It usually includes things like education requirements, the number of years of experience necessary, and capabilities required, like being able to use Microsoft Office.
Focus on the Transferable Skills You Have
If you are entering the administrative field from a different background, consider what skills you have from your previous jobs that can be transferred over. For admin jobs, focus on your communication skills and any previous office experience you may have. You should also mention any computer knowledge you have and what programs you know how to use.
Spell Check Everything
As an administrative professional, you want to be sure everything within your application materials is spelled correctly and uses good grammar. This will show your potential employer that you are professional and competent. Any time you submit typos or bad grammar it gives the employer a bad idea of how you’ll be on the job.
Follow the Application Directions Closely
Another good tip is to follow the application directions to a T. Many employers make these directions specific to see who is able to pay attention to detail, which is an important part of being successful in the administrative field.
Seek Help From Professionals
Last, but not least, consider getting help from a professional staffing agency. Oftentimes, they are connected with different employers and know where administrative professionals are needed most. This can help you make your job search faster and ensure you are a good fit for the position. Recruiters can also help you go over your resume and other application materials to help you fine-tune everything. Best of all, you only have to submit one resume and it will be available to numerous employers at once, saving you time.
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