We have all dreamed of having a job that we love. Being a property manager allows you to be in ideal locations while taking care of someone’s property. You get to interact with different people from around the world and still have time to visit the beach. The first step to getting this job is a good resume. Here are ten tips to help you land your property manager position:
Before you even start your resume, be sure and check out your potential employer. Find out all you can about them and the property. If your employer has a website, check it out. You can slant your resume to fit the job and your potential employer and you may find you have things in common. If you play tennis and you find out our potential employer does also, be sure to list that under skills and other interests on your resume.
2. Keep your Resume Short and Sweet
Potential employers usually scan a resume before reading it in depth. Make sure your resume can fit on one page. Center your name, address, email, and phone number on the top of the page. If you need to use a second page be sure that you fill that whole page. If you cannot fill the page, cut some things and make it one page. Be sure to use a font that is professional and make the margins one inch on all sides. Do not use any frilly designs or fonts. This is a professional resume.
4. Write a Summary Statement
After you have your heading written, the next step is to write a summary statement. This can be as long or as short as you want it to be, but again, short is better. Your summary statement should include what job you are applying for and why you are applying. You do not need to list your current job or skills in this section. Keep it short and sweet.
5. List your Employment and Education and Licenses
In these sections, you should tell your potential employer where you work currently and have worked in the past. You should go back five years. If you have worked somewhere for more than five years, you can post your previous job. If you have worked more than three jobs in the last three years, just put down your last three jobs. Work from your current employer backwards. Also be sure to include any licenses and degrees you have obtained. After all, this is a property manager resume. You need to have obtained the proper licenses to show your employer you are capable of handling their real estate.
6. List your Skills
If you have any skills that you can bring to the job, make your future employer aware of them. Employers will hire someone who can save them money. For instance, if you know plumbing let them know. If an employer knows he does not have to hire a plumber he will be happy to have you manage his property. The same goes for accounting and customer service. Again, remember what was posted in the want ad and sway your resume to fit their credentials. If you have room you can include another section with your interests and activities. Here is where you will show how well rounded you are. Not only will you make a great property manager, you will also astound the guests with your tennis skills and diving ability.
6. Use Bullets
When you are telling your future employer about yourself use bullets. Bullets create a look that is professional and easy to read. You can summarize your experience into short sentences that will catch your future employer’s attention. Try not to use too many bullet points as that can be overwhelming. For each job or skill section use no more than five bullet points. You can also use columns along with your bullet points if you need to fit more information into a section.
Since you are trying to keep your resume to one page, you do not have to list your references. You can simply write “References available upon request” near the end of your document. Be sure to have a list of current references if your employer asks for them. Make sure to contact your references and let them know where you are applying. If you have any letters of recommendation you can also include those with your references.
8. Be Honest
Do not lie on your resume. If you think employers do not check employment and educational history, you are wrong. If they find out you have lied or stretched the truth, they will throw out your resume. If you are working on obtaining a license list the license and write “in progress.”
9. Be Aware of your Online Presence
Even if you do not include a website your employer can link to, they will have someone search your online background. They will find your social media pages and your websites. Be sure these are employer-friendly. Research yourself online and see what pops up. Be sure it is something you want your future employer to see.
10. Be Yourself
The best thing you can do on your resume is to be yourself. You can tailor what you write to fit the job you are looking for, but be sure to say things in your own words. You want your employer to get a positive visual image of you when they read your resume. Do not use other people’s words or language. Think of your resume as the first step towards meeting your new employer.
Writing a resume can be daunting, but following these ten steps should help you create a work that your future employer enjoys reading. This is where you can shine before meeting your employer. Make sure you portray a good image and well-rounded perspective to your future employer. And relax. Soon you will be hanging around the beach and meeting new people.
Author Bio: Jane Hurst is a writer, editor and avid traveler from San Francisco. Contact her at About.me.
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