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Top Tips for a Standout CV - Executive Assistant Edition

By Jacquie Lewis  • 

Hey, Executive Assistants!

Fed up with applying for jobs and only hearing crickets? Navigating today's job market can be tricky, so it's crucial to make your CV stand out.

At ISE Partners, we often find ourselves sifting through hundreds of applications per posting, and we want to help YOU shine!

Here are some tips to give your CV an upgrade and help you get more positive interaction!

Apply with consideration: Be mindful of the job requirements and your experience level. If you're vastly under or overqualified, it's less likely we'll reach out. Aim for jobs that align with your experience.

Address concerns proactively: If you think your application may raise questions about your fit for the role, address them upfront in a message.

Kick off with a personal touch: Craft a compelling personal statement that showcases your personality, goals, and motivation for your career.

Company snapshot: If the company you worked for isn't a household name, include a brief description of what they do, their size, and industry focus.

Show who you've supported: Clearly outline the team, number of people and their job titles for the roles where you provided support.

Share your achievements: Highlight accomplishments with measurable outcomes that show the impact of your work.

Talk about inbox management: Mention your level of inbox access and the tasks you accomplished, such as flagging messages, filing, or replying on behalf of your boss.

Showcase travel planning skills: Detail the extent of your experience in organising complex travel arrangements for your principals.

Beyond the call of duty: Highlight any additional value you brought to your team or company, such as mentoring others, planning events, or participating in a DE&I committee.

Tech-savvy? Flaunt it: Include software and technologies you're familiar with and any relevant certifications you've earned.

Multilingual? Mention it: List any additional languages you speak alongside your level of proficiency.

Soft skills matter: Highlight interpersonal qualities, like communication, time management, problem-solving, and adaptability.

Proofread and refine: Review your CV carefully, take a break, and review it again. Ask someone you trust for feedback - I cannot emphasise this enough. The number of times we see CVs with job titles misspelt is mindblowing.

Sleek formatting: Keep your CV design simple, clean, and professional, so it's easy on the eyes and effortless to edit. Make sure bullet points are aligned, the fonts and font sizes are consistent etc.

Apply these tips, and you'll be one step closer to your dream job! Good luck, and remember, we're here to support you on your journey.! 

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