Dorothy M. approached us in need of creating a professional resume to help her secure a private sector job closer to home. She wrote: “I’ve been an working office manager for a commercial flooring company for the past 25 or so years. I would like to stay in the same career but I understand that I might need to break that out and start looking for dept managers career. Accounts Payable. Accounts Receivable, Payroll are all strengths.”
To see how we transformed her resume, please click the before and after resumes below.
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Looking to improve your existing office manager resume?
Chances are, you are visting this page because you are looking for a new job (or a promotion) and want some inspiration on improving your resume for administrative positions. Here are some simple ways to improve your resume if you are looking for an office manager position. If you’d like more personalized advice (absolutely free), we encourage you to request a free resume review and consultation.
- A resume written for a specific job posting will always be more successful than a generic resume.
- Your resume should answer the question “Why do I want to hire this person?”
- Your resume is a sales document. It should be crafted to show your best skills, abilities and attributes.
- Use a skills section to showcase clerical skills and administrative keywords such as reception, telephones, data entry, etc.
- Use these keywords liberally. Mirror the terminology from the job posting.
- Use numbers. Numbers are concrete and convey accomplishment.
- Take credit for your role in the accomplishments of subordinate employees and teams.
- The real visual impact comes from the content of a resume. Clean and simple is the best way to get notice.
- A dense resume is unattractive. Use whitespace liberally to create an open, easy to read resume.
- Write your resume in first person, but never use the words “I”, “me”, “my”, etc.
- Eliminate the months from your timeline. It looks better and aids in covering any employment gaps.
- Your resume needs to be a mix of tasks and accomplishments, with emphasis on accomplishments.
- Use action verbs instead of passive terms such as “responsible for”.
- Proofread your resume multiple times. Have a friend or loved one proofread it to. A single typo can get your resume tossed.
- It is not necessary or advisable to go back more than 10-15 years when listing employment history.
If you’d like a complete list of resume tips, please visit our blog posting, “50 Resume Writing Tips“.