Your CV, along with a cover letter, is the first opportunity you get to make a positive impression on any potential new employer, and so it is vital it is well written, accurate and reflects you. If you’re looking for advice on how to write a CV for a VA role, you’re in the right place. Below we look at how to construct your CV to ensure you are represented in the best possible way to secure your next Virtual Assistant job, whether you’re looking for a temp role or a permanent position.
TTips for writing a stand-out Virtual Assistant CV
A CV needs to be easy to read and understand. Keep it concise, relevant and to a maximum of two A4 pages. Less is more and we advise to keep the format simple, using a traditional black font. Do explain all gaps in employment and make sure it is in chronological order with the most recent role at the top.
We also advise that CVs remain in a standard Word document without too many images, logos or colours which will only distract from your experience.
Bullet point your employment experience
Your work experience section is the most important section of your CV and must be listed one role at a time. Employers often quickly scan CVs for relevant work history so presenting your duties in bullet point format will help make your CV easier to read. For example:
Oriel Partners (Recruitment)
Virtual Assistant: July 2019 – Present
- Basic accounts including invoicing, bank account reconciliation, payroll and paying suppliers/household bills
- Diary management, scheduling business and private appointment
- Household management, running personal errands and staff rotas
- International and national travel planning, including flights, taxis and accommodation
- Managing social media platforms
- Customer service and administrative tasks, including answering phone calls and data entry
Too much movement on your CV doesn’t create a good first impression, so if you have worked in several roles within one company it is a good idea to list each job title under the one company name. This also shows you have progressed internally which is also a good sign to future employers. For example:
Oriel Partners (Recruitment)
Virtual Assistant(Working from home): June 2018 – Present
Secretary to Directors January 2015 – June 2018
Make your interests interesting!
This is especially important if you are at the start of your VA career and do not have a huge amount of work experience to show. Your interests can be a section of your CV which stands out from others and it can become a good talking point at an interview. Socialising or partying should not be included! Examples include sporting achievements that show leadership and team playing skills, or awards won in the workplace. Perhaps any voluntary work you have carried out, or challenges you have succeeded in.
If you have completed a specific VA or PA course or studied for another professional qualification, Business or Administrative, which is relevant to the VA role you are applying for, insert here.
Things to avoid when writing a CV
A generic personal statement
Personal statements are a very good way to make your CV stand out as high quality. This should include a brief overview of your skills, experience and what you are looking for in your next role. Don’t make it too chatty and make it relevant to the type of VA roles that you are applying for. There is nothing worse than a CV saying the candidate is looking to work in the creative sector when they are applying to a corporate role. If in doubt, refer to a job description of a role similar to the roles you are applying for to ensure your CV is adequately tailored.
An experienced interviewer will easily be able to spot any discrepancies on a CV. Make sure the format is consistent all the way through and double-check there are no spelling and grammatical errors, you will be surprised how many typos even the most professional VA’s forget to correct. As attention to detail is paramount for a VA role, be extra careful when proofreading.
Missing off your contact details
Importantly, your CV should have all of your personal details on it – name, address, contact number and email address, so companies can quickly see how to contact you and see your location. It is also important to ensure you have a working voicemail when you are actively job hunting, to ensure you don’t miss that all-important call!
Too much detail
Try to avoid listing every qualification you have ever received or part-time role you did when you were still in education if they are not relevant to your job search. You want to ensure the reader's eye is focused on the most relevant roles which will help you to secure that all-important next VA position.
Embellishing the truth
Your CV needs to be completely accurate, including dates, duties and qualifications. Either at the interview stage or during the referencing process, any untruths will become obvious, so it is important you represent yourself accurately. Employers and recruiters will not take kindly to false information and it is better you secure a VA role through your own merits.
Check out a stand-out CV Template
For more information on how to layout a stand-out CV, please download our Virtual Assistant resume template.
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