Executive Assistant Resume Sample



Executive Assistant Resume Sample : Some knowledgeable people would suggest making no comment at all about absence from the labor market. If you follow that suggestion, make sure your resume includes an explanation. For example, "Temporarily left work force to raise young children."



One thing life teaches us is that knowledge and wisdom don't fit neatly into tight little categories. For example, the great sculptor Rodin can help us write our cover letters.


Picture Rodin creating The Thinker - Did he just take his clay and make an image of somebody sitting with his fist under his chin? Of course not. …


Rodin gathered his tools and materials. He sketched out his plan for the work he wanted to create. With that preparation complete, Rodin could proceed to create, his tools nearby and his plan at his hand.


Is this approach slower than putting down a glob of clay and then modeling it? Probably, but the result is much more impressive…..


Gabrielle asked the next logical question: "What should we have at hand before we start writing?" I suggested this short list to her….


• The positive characteristics you offer that the firm needs.


• Your motivation for a particular kind of job, firm and/or industry.


• Some ideas about demonstrating communication skills.


• A list of possible credibility gaps and ideas to close them.


Most of this information you should have gathered already when you researched a particular career and a specific industry. Research about a given firm will probably need to be done when you are about to seek ajob with that firm.


Gabrielle was the first one to present the group with a draft. She decided that this would be her "financial analysis" draft and that she would write it as though it was designed for a particular employer, in this case Dollarco. Following a process, Gabrielle constructed a financial analysis research chart. Then she identified those of her positive characteristics (skills) an employer might need in a financial analyst. Next, Gabrielle identified some sound motives for wanting the job by constructing an I want / the employer offers chart. Gabrielle also kept in mind the potential credibility gap caused by her absence front the fulltime professional work force for the last 10 years. Now that she had a plan for her letter, this is what Gabrielle wrote.


The Job Search Club members looked at Gabrielle's draft and asked her some questions about it.


The first thing you told the JSC was that you have been out of the full-time, professional work force for 10 years. Yet that fact is the last thing you mentioned in your letter. Why?


A major purpose of the cover letter is to obtain an interview by showing what you can do for the firm. So I started with my strengths. There was only one reason to mention my 10-year gap at all : to explain the gap that will appear in my resume in terms of professional experience. I didn't want the reader to be confused or to think that I was trying to hide something on that score. Although there is no need to apologize for my absence from the profession, mentioning it early in the letter isn't likely to help me any.


Some knowledgeable people would suggest making no comment at all about absence from the labor market. If you follow that suggestion, make sure your resume includes an explanation. For example, "Temporarily left work force to raise young children."


Gahrielle is making a solid point here: If something needs to be said, but isn't a selling point, don't make it an early or prominent part of your letter.

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