By Maria Fernanda Calatrava
A resumé is a fundamental tool to make yourself known. Whether you are looking for a virtual assistant job or not, this will allow you to keep an up-to-date record of who you are, what you do, and what your outstanding skills and accomplishments are. It’s essentially a presentation of you to the world. This is why you must make sure that your resumé is as memorable as possible. Remember, there is only one opportunity to make a good first impression.
So how are you going to create a resumé that is memorable when applying for a remote assistant job? Very simple, just take into account the following recommendations (from a recruiter with years of experience hiring virtual assistants in Latin America) and prepare to make an impact!
First, figure out what industry you’re applying for and decide on a format. Your format should reflect the industry you’re aiming to get into. Needless to say, if it’s a job in the creative industry, make your resumé stand out by using a different format or consider a traditional format for other fields! Most importantly, make sure it’s all on one page.
Don’t forget to add a section with your personal information! The most important ones are: full name, profession, current location, phone number, email, and LinkedIn profile. Double, triple check that all information is correct so you can be contacted quickly!
This is probably one of the most important aspects of your resumé. Clearly outlining your responsibilities and accomplishments at previous roles (especially those as a virtual assistant) is what will set you apart from other candidates. It’s important to follow a “reverse chronological” order, which means you describe your most recent/current job first and move backward in time for every subsequent position. Don’t forget to use past tense for previous roles and present for your current role. Be sure to reflect all of the professional growth you have gained from each of these experiences.
List the studies you have completed starting with the most current, specifying: institution, degree obtained, and completion date. It is important that you include any type of information about your education and certifications as long as it is relevant to the job for which you are applying.
List the programs, tools, software, that you have worked with previously and the level of mastery of each one. Remember that the management of certain programs and technologies could give you an advantage in your recruitment process, especially when it comes to working remotely.
Identify your best soft skills and languages that you handle. Create a list starting with the one you dominate to the one that you would like to reinforce the most, adding a degree of expertise for each one. Remember to emphasize those skills that are desirable for a virtual assistant, such as time management, troubleshooting, organization, detail-oriented approach to work, and more. This way, recruiters can learn a little more about your personality.
Now that you know how to create an impactful resumé, it is the perfect time for you to start making the best first impression, and show that you are the ideal virtual assistant candidate…the position of your dreams awaits you!
If you're already done with your resumé and wish to apply to a remote assistant position, send it over to email@example.com to get started on the process.