26 Sep Looking for an Admin Job? Read This.
If you are looking for an administration job, there are a few things you need to know. The job hunt can be disappointing and we have some insight to help you succeed.
An administrative position holds the appeal of being the perfect job. All the activities are supportive and less pressured. You will likely not be client facing and you won’t have to make any big decisions. You also don’t necessarily need to be highly educated and the amount of physical labour is next to none. It’s easy to see why so many people are looking for an administrative post. Why, then, is it so hard to land a good one?
Since January 2018 there was an average of 18 candidates for each administration vacancy. Sadly, this is the nicer of the statistics. The 17 candidates will also apply for the next admin vacancy, and the next one. In fact, there are only enough new administration positions for 5% of the candidate pool. That means there is no room for 95% of the administrative job seekers.
You need to ask yourself what you can do to be among the 5% who land the job.
The first step is to be specific in what you are looking for. What have you done in the past? What specialist skills do you have? Do you have relevant industry experience?
It is far better to approach a recruitment consultant with specific details than to say that you will take anything. When you are specific it helps us narrow down the link between you and a vacancy. If you are vague you are effectively asking us to make the decision for you.
Stand Out From the Crowd
In order to beat out the competition you have to first stand out. This does not mean you need to have a super-creative CV. Or that you need to rent a billboard to get noticed. It is about knowing how to communicate what it is you offer a potential employer. It is about getting the attention of the recruitment consultant and getting them to put you forward for the interview.
A few steps you can take to do this are;
- Make sure your CV is easy to read and comprehensive
- Do what you can to make considering you easy for the consultant
- Respond quickly to emails or calls.
- Outline your successes in previous roles
If you can specialise in a specific area of business you will become more marketable. Don’t do what anyone can do, do what very few can.
The main function of administrative roles is to make the operational aspects of a business easier. If you are currently employed, find ways to do this. Learn about the finished product or service and find ways that you can add to quality and quantity. The ‘Law of Compensation,’ outlined by Brian Tracy, states that you will always be paid according to the effort you put in.
In other words, if you are looking for financial value in your own pocket, you need to put it into your work.
Adding value, in any role, is the best attribute you can have in your CV to be considered above all other candidates. Yes, education and relevant experience is important. However if you are interviewed alongside a candidate with similar experience, the value you add will land you the job above them.