Putting Your Education to Work: Administrative Assistant Job Search

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Check out these popular job search sites as a first stop in your job hunt!Searching for a job is the last hurdle before putting your education to good use. But because job search strategies have changed so much, there is sometimes a little confusion over the best way to find gainful employment. One of the best places to start your job search is the internet. Here are a few sites to start on:

http://www.monster.com
http://www.careerbuilders.com
http://www.indeed.com
http://www.craigslist.org

On these sites, you can search for job postings that match a specific job title. There are so many job title variations that if you just search for “Administrative Assistant” you may only come up with two or three job postings. To expand your search, try some of these keywords:

Front Office
Office Administrator
Office Receptionist
Office Admin Assistant
Office Coordinator
Office Manager (be prepared to have some managerial experience if you search for this on)

You can also try looking using industry-specific keywords like “Construction Admin Assistant” or “Law Admin.”  Make sure you know a bit about the industry before you go to an interview though. You will get asked why you want to work in the industry and what areas you’re already familiar with.

Another important reminder when you’re start looking for a job is to make sure your Microsoft Office skills are called out on your resume. Through your training you’ve gained some great skills in Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint, all of which are important in an office setting. You want to draw potential employers’ attention to these skills on your resume to highlight your strengths and experience.

There are many options for your career search. Keep looking, and if you need any assistance, please contact your Graduate Support Advisor at 1-888-657-5752 or adminassist@careerstep.com.

What are some job search strategies that have worked for you in the past? Are there any other job posting websites or job titles that should be included in our list?


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  1. Daniella May 23, 2015

    What do you put for experience if you don’t have experience in that field

  2. What a great question! You would want to focus on ways to describe your responsibilities in those jobs in a way that uses keywords applicable to a position listed on the job posting. Include details such as any work you did with reports or records, administrative duties, work with software/technology, computers, documentation, data entry,  things that required accurate record keeping and organization, attention to detail, communication, customer service, research/analysis, databases, managing databases, forms, paperwork, systems, analysis, patients, anything medical, information, etc.

    Even though it is not similar experience per se, you also have quite a bit of experience that transfers over from the field in your previous positions. Work on highlighting those responsibilities and taking out or rewording responsibilities that do not sound as applicable initially. It can be helpful to remove industry-specific terms or responsibilities so that they apply more generally and to other industries.  As I don’t know all the details of your previous jobs, I can’t make more specific recommendations.


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