What 9 sections recruiters and hiring managers are looking for in an office and administration resume
1. Your Bio
This is where you can define the rest of your resume in the eyes of the person reading it. A quick sentence or two describing who you are and what you aim to achieve with your resume goes a long way. A good bio or summary section sets the stage for the rest of the resume and makes it more effective as a whole. These two examples show two different ways you can go about creating a bio.
2. Your Strengths
If the job description for the role you want mentions certain traits they’re looking for, this is an excellent place to really show you have them. Just be sure to be more specific when possible. Either including concrete numbers or a story to back up why something is a strength for you will make this section far more effective.
3. Your Experience
This is the core of your resume, and a place where it can be especially tricky to get things right. What you need to avoid is what most office and administration resumes do: list too many jobs with too little information about each. To stand out, be sure to add more detail for each job. Include concrete numbers, give examples of times you had an impact, and really show what you can do.
4. What makes you stand out
If it matches what the company is looking for in the job description, including a section that shows you in a different light can make a big difference. One example is our “My Time” section. This circular graph can show how you spend your time, where your career has focused, what you’ve studied, anything really.
5. Your Languages
Most offices really appreciate having access to people who can speak multiple languages. Besides being convenient in today’s increasingly global business world, being a polyglot increases your cognitive abilities and the likelihood you’ll get hired. So, if you know a few languages, be sure to mention that!
6. What you’re most proud of
Ask someone what they’re most proud of and they’ll tell you who they really are. That’s why this section is a real window into who you are as a person and not just a job candidate. But remember, this can be much more than bragging about an accomplishment. Here, you can share how you overcame a hardship or learned a lesson. You can even throw in a bit of humor if you think it’s appropriate.
7. Your philosophy
Do you have a core principle that guides how you do your work? This is the place to share it. After all, it can be difficult to explain an overarching philosophy like this in other resume sections. It makes the most sense to make it clear. Including your philosophy also really comes out and tells a recruiter what you believe in.
8. Your contact information
This is basic information but also a very easy place to make a costly mistake. Be sure to consider how you share your contact details. For example, include multiple ways to be contacted so it’s easier for recruiters and be sure to only use a professional-sounding email address.
9. Your education
If it’s relevant (again only include sections that make your resume better), an education section can do far more than just show where and what you studied. If possible, try to treat this like your experience section and include information on what you did and how you had an impact. This could be information about courses, projects, clubs, etc.
How to get a referral on LinkedIn for the Office and administration role you want
As a job applicant, the most powerful tool you have to get hired is a referral. Referred employees are hired 60% of the time compared to everyone else who make it to an interview just 2% of the time. This clearly shows why it makes sense to invest in your personal network. The question is, what is the most effective way to do this?
So before you start applying, be sure to check your 1st and 2nd degree contacts in both LinkedIn and in any other relevant groups you may belong to. If you don’t have strong connections in the industry you’re looking to establish yourself in, start making them now!
Check out our guide on getting referrals for any job you’re applying for.