Step 1: Writing Your Summary Statement
? The number of years of experience you have in the type of position advertised
? The relevant skills you possess
? Any personality traits that are important for the job
Here are some summary statement examples that will help you stand out:
Summary Statement Example 1:
Office manager with five years experience in accounting firms. Extensive experience in hiring personnel, payroll administration and employee evaluation. Excellent interpersonal skills as an intermediary between management and administrative personnel, as well as directly with clients.
Summary Statement Example 2:
? Office manager with 10 years experience in finance-related companies
? Supervised, managed and evaluated an administrative staff of eight workers
? Managed supply inventory for six departments, keeping within budget
Summary Statement Example 3:
Seven years of office management experience in a manufacturing company. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. Proficient in use of Microsoft Office programs, as well as database management systems.
Summary Statement Example 4:
Office manager with four years of experience in a non-profit company. Positive, hard-working attitude with no problem working overtime as necessary. Excellent organizational and time management skills.
Step 2: Writing Your Skills Section
? List the skills in order of importance.
? Keep each entry concise as you can expand more in your work history.
? Keep the list to no more than seven points.
There are several skills an office manager should have and that can be listed here, including:
? Excellent organizational skills
? Top communication skills, written and verbal
? Well-versed in using word processing, spreadsheet and database programs
? Adept at supervising other employees
? Exceptional problem-solving abilities
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Step 3: Writing Your Work History Section
? Don’t include jobs that date from 15 -20 years ago, unless they add something vital.
? Keep it down to five to eight points for each job; you want your resume to be no more than two pages.
? Put your work experience in chronological order, with the most recent first.
? As much as possible, refer to keywords used in the job advertisement.
Here are some examples of entries you might include in your work history:
? Reduced expenditure on office supplies in the first year on the job by 20 percent
? Hired and reviewed a staff of five administrative employees
? Created a feedback system that resolved human resource issues in the department
? Developed company policy handbook
Step 4: Writing Your Education Section
? Include the dates of your education, unless it was a long time ago.
? Don’t include your grades.
? Include any relevant certificates, seminars or courses.
Here are some sample education sections:
Associate of Arts: Communications Ð 2010
Cal State Northridge Ð Northridge, CA
Courses included: Creative writing, business communications, multimedia presentations
Certificate: Microsoft Office Suite Ð 2011
Los Angeles Institute of Technology Ð Pasadena, CA
Associate of Science: Business Administration Ð 2007
UMass Boston Ð Boston, MA
Courses included: Business communication, organizational psychology, computer systems
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