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Oct
10

Help, what do I Put on My Virtual Assistant Resume?

By

Pebbles Jacobo, All Things VA blogger

typeA resume is a resume is a resume, right? Well…not exactly. For optimal performance resumes are curtailed to the position being sought. Say, for example, you are looking for a job as a high school English teacher. You wouldn’t want to use your resume curtailed for a position as a delivery driver or sales manager, would you? Well, you could, but it most likely would not deliver the desired results. Even as a freelancer I have a couple of different resumes. Yes, specific experiences and education may be the same, but the credentials, skills and references would vary.

In my last post we discussed getting your business ducks in a row as you set up shop but definitely before you put out the ‘open for business’ shop sign. Hopefully you’ve had a chance to take care of business. Let’s continue building on the foundation set. It’s time to talk about your resume and portfolio; both are very important and if handled properly could save you hours down the line.

As a virtual assistant, I have found that the two most important items on your resume are your skills, and a list of programs with which you are familiar. Let’s take a look at those:

Skills:  Your skills, they all count! You don’t have to add the details of HOW you developed those skills, whether as a mom or administrative assistant. List your skills relevant to being a virtual [administrative or personal] assistant. A client will be looking for skills pertinent to their needs.

  • Did you work in an office handling the schedule for a busy entrepreneur or plan and schedule your next family outing, complete with ordering or reserving things online? That counts as travel arrangements.
  • Document formatting? Did you format Joey’s report for him…yep, that counts, too.
  • As a mom you have to keep things organized. Whether totes, Ziploc bags or filing cabinets, you have organized. Many clients are overwhelmed with their information and it takes someone like a virtual assistant to help them organize their ideas, data and plans.

I’m not positive that making PB&Jelly sandwiches actually count as a skill, no matter how many you’ve made over the years, unless you are looking for a job in the kitchen!

Programs: You are probably wondering what you could possibly list here besides Gmail and the Sesame Street game your children play on the family computer.

  • How often have you ‘googled’ something you were not quite sure about, so you figured you had better look it up?
  • I mentioned in the skills section about making travel plans for your family. You probably used a service such as Hotwire, Expedia or Priceline. Those count as programs you are familiar with, too.
  • What about Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter? Believe it or not there are clients who will have you manage their professional accounts? I personally manage several accounts for my clients.

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I hope this give you a better idea of how to qualified you really are to be a virtual assistant. If you have any questions regarding the development of your resume, leave a comment below. Since I enjoy seeing others get set up and rolling as virtual assistants, be one of the first 5 to comment in this blog and I will personally review your resume, giving suggestions and guidance as necessary.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Pebbles Jacobo is the owner of A&P Virtual Enterprises, http://apvirtualenterprises.com, which she, with the guidance of her husband, started when she began  working from home as a virtual assistant several years ago. As Content Manager of the leading Christian work-at-home site online, CWAHM.com, Pebbles found herself thoroughly intrigued and fascinated with the world of social media. Her love of social media has grown over the years and she now offers social media marketing, along with a host of services, to her clients, which include speakers, authors and entrepreneurs alike.   This article is free to publish as long as the bio remains.

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  2. Joe says:

    This is useful to help almost anyone increase their close rate.

  3. Pebbles Jacobo says:

    Thank you, Joe! Helping other VA’s close the deal is what it’s all about.

  4. Erika says:

    Thank you for giving me the confidence to become a virtual assistant! I am a new mother of twins and desperately need a way to stay at home. Although my professional background is mostly in a retail environment, many of my duties are best-described as administrative but I haven’t quite figured out how to tweak my resume to reflect that. Any suggestions?

  5. Dina says:

    I am researching the possibility of being a va in the industry I’ve been in for 10 years now and to find good va’s to work in my business with me and your blog has been really very helpful. You’ve broke it down into easy steps and I’m grateful for your insight and sharing your wisdom. Thank you. God Bless.

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