The strong competition among online service providers just got stronger. Everyone’s rushing to get freelance gigs, often forgetting the essentials of preparing a notable résumé. Don’t make that same mistake or your excitement to land good virtual assistant jobs would soon be cut-short.
Just because you’re going to work outside of the actual office, it doesn’t mean your professional portfolio should be taken less seriously. In fact, there is an even greater need that such profile should be more presentable as it speaks of who you are and what you can do. So to be sure you’re easily noticed – and picked! – from other applicants, here’s how to prep a winning virtual assistant portfolio.
1. Get the file format perfect. Know ahead the specific formatting requirements so you could send the file straight to the employer’s attention. The selection panel or HR deals with a lot of applications and often throw badly formatted ones after the first glance. Anticipate that bigger organizations use software to scan résumé, cover letters and look for specific words like skills and technical know-how. Save the employers any hassle and save your virtual assistant portfolio from the trash can. Get the format perfected and send the file as indicated.
2. Make it visually appealing. Professionally, this means clean and readable. Use simple fonts with serifs, use the right size and have appropriate margins. Break your résumé into three sections, highlighting each with a title such. If it’s required to be in the email body, prep your portfolio to appear clear and organized; copy-pasting to emails often gets the text format messed up so work on getting your résumé appealing even as an email content.
3. Have a quick-read setup. Most companies are more interested in getting assets to their work force so they look first for skills and relevant experiences. Hardly any employer looks into the personal information first, particularly since virtual assistants are service providers and not front desk clerks. So setup your résumé with qualifications, skills and experience topping the page. Simplify and shorten each detail to be more reader-friendly. Don’t forget to make your catchy objective statement and place it above every other detail.
4. Mind the content. It matters a lot that you don’t have misspelled words, wrong grammar and typographical errors. Aside from making your portfolio short and concise, make sure the content is perfectly presented. Any mistake in your application documents is a step away from landing the job. Employers don’t like having to edit or proofread the output of virtual assistants. So go over your portfolio and cover letter and let it speak of your effectiveness and great writing skills.
5. Provide ready information. At this point, your virtual assistant portfolio already has the employer’s shortlist. They’d want to verify records and go through it again. So make sure you include your educational background, other interests and special skills, your character or career references with contact details, and your contact details. If you provide links to your work, make sure it’s working as well.