Why won't anyone hire me as their executive assistant?
Ill post a copy of my resume and a sample cover letter I use. Someone please tell me why no one will hire me: Qualifications Summary Skilled and dedicated Executive Assistant with more than 9 years’ experience supporting, planning and coordinating daily operational and administrative functions. Focused and results oriented when supporting complex operations; able to identify goals, priorities and obstacles and resolve issues during initial stages. Adept at developing, maintaining and streamlining administrative processes to reduce redundancies, improve accuracy and efficiency to achieve organizational objectives. Successful track record of accurately completing research, report generation, information management and financial savings for both executive and company. Proven capacity to provide comprehensive support for executive level staff; excel at managing essential tasks including, but not limited to, scheduling meetings, coordinating travel and presentation preparation. Advanced Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and Visio skills. Strong typing, computer and research skills. Languages: English, Dutch, Farsi and currently refreshing Spanish and German language skill levels. Professional Experience Inrada, Incorporated 04/2009-09/2011 Executive Assistant Provided administrative and research support for C-Level Executives for a leading multinational engineering firm providing Oil and Gas Control Systems Provided a wide spectrum of key administrative, research and coordinating functions between C-Level Executives and Project Managers. Communicated with investors and providing up to date reports for all parties involved. Collaborated with several Chief Executives and investors as well as vendors and clients. Prepared RFP and RFP responses for potential clients and assisted in daily administrative functions. Coordinated weekly staff meetings; acted as liaison to vendors and clients and interoffice staff. Drafted daily correspondences. Proactively developed competitive analysis to facilitate implementation of company product marketing strategy. Trained new personnel and interns. Created and presented reports to senior staff. Provided language assistance in English, Dutch and Farsi. Researched and coordinated various projects for Senior Level Staff. Compiled, reviewed and analyzed said project data. Apex 01/2006-12/2008 Office Manager Served as Office Manager for a Wellness Clinic directing day to day operations Managed accounts payable, accounts receivable and company payroll. Oversaw administrative budget; prepared expense reports, assigned and monitored clerical, administrative and secretarial responsibilities and tasks among office staff, allocated resources to enable task performance, coordinated office staff activities to ensure maximum efficiency, evaluated and managed staff performance, recruited and selected office staff, organized orientation and trained new staff members, designed and implemented filing systems, ensured filing systems were maintained and current, established procedures for record keeping, monitored record keeping, ensured security and confidentiality of data, designed and implemented office policies and procedures, ensuring office policies and procedures were adhered to, analyzed and monitored internal processes, implemented procedural and policy changes to improve operational efficiency, prepared operational reports and schedules to ensure efficiency, monitored and maintained office supply inventory, review and approval of office supply acquisitions, maintained a safe and secure working environment, handled customer inquiries and complaints, managed internal staff relations. Reduced clinic overhead by 16% through staff and policy changes and vendor relations. Increased Staff efficiency by 12% via reduction in paperwork. Increased local draw by networking with several providers in various specialties, leading to increased office turn over. Icono Financial Services, Incorporated 06/2000-07/2004 Executive Assistant Served as Executive Assistant to company President Key responsibilities included call screening, travel and meeting preparation, report preparation and polishing, contract editing and polishing, handling of financial data, supervising and training of new support staff, customer and vendor relations, memorandum composition, research, notation transcription, report generation, invoice preparation, and data entry. Streamlined and increased executive output by digitizing financial reports. Implemented new office procedures for other office executive members; increased company paper and report efficiency by 18%. Created and Presented reports to senior staff. Drafted daily correspondences. Educational Background Southern California University of Health Sciences Clinical Doctorate, 2005 San Diego State University Biochemistry, Early Acceptance (Doctorate Program),2000 List of References Inrada, Inc.: Name removed for public posting Global Communications Officer Number removed for public posting Email removed for public posting Inrada, Inc.: Name removed for public posting Project Coordinator Number removed for public posting Email removed for public posting Inrada, Inc.: Name removed for public posting Project Manager Number removed for public posting Email removed for public posting *More references available upon request. Salary History YearCompanyPositionAverage Annual Compensation (In USD) 2009-2011Inrada/NendusolExecutive Assistant45,200.00 2006-2009Apex Wellness CenterOffice Manager40,500.00 2000-2004Icono Financial Services Inc.Executive Assistant39,800.00 Note: Salary history not intended to indicate current salary requirements. Obvio
Asked By: Sal - 10/13/2011
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Too much to read. Your education makes you overqualified for an assistant position. I'd suggest focusing on your language skills - a key differentiator in this global world - both in the jobs you seek and how you present yourself.
Answered By: plumdumplings - 10/16/2011
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It's the economy, not you or your experience or your resume. There are people applying for the same jobs as you with 20+ years experience. Make sure your references are really really good.
Answered By: suzanne g - 10/13/2011
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