If you’re applying for a job and you attach the same resume you always do without tailoring it to the position, we have news for you: You’re wasting your time. Your resume and cover letter are all you have to help you stand out from the competition, and when you’re applying to become a real estate assistant, you need to know what agents are looking for and how to make it easy for them to love you.
Your resume is a marketing document, and whether you’ve worked with other agents or you’re making the leap to real estate for the first time, there are a few ways you can get an edge on the competition by being strategic and purposeful in writing it. Here’s how.
Use a summary statement, not an objective.
While Objective Statements are out (rarely do they add value, and they tend to state the obvious), Summary Statements are in. Though they’re optional, a well-crafted summary statement gives you the opportunity to package your previous experience, in a couple of bullet points, in such a way that potential employers can see how it all ties together to make you the perfect person for this job.
A typical summary statement would highlight your areas of expertise and a combination of both hard skills (e.g. social media management) and soft skills (like relationship-building abilities). To make it work for you, use key terms from the job ad as appropriate. Less is more! Your summary statement is the introduction, or teaser that should hook potential employers, not restate everything in your work history section.
Highlight your most relevant skills.
While it’s common for recent grads especially to place their education at the top of their resume, a higher degree is generally not a requirement for real estate assistant positions. In these roles, experience and skills are more important than your level of formal education. So if your education is still prominently displayed at the top of your resume, move it to the bottom, and bring your skills and any licensing to the top. If you’re using a layout with a sidebar, that would be a good spot for your skills, career highlights, and education in that order.
Answer potential employers’ most pressing questions.
A common mistake some applicants make when sending off a resume is not tailoring the descriptions under the work history section to the job they want. Bullet points that describe job functions irrelevant to the position you’re applying for might do more harm than good when it comes to getting the gig.
That doesn’t mean you have to have real estate experience, but you do need to illustrate how your responsibilities in previous roles have prepared you for this one. To make that easier, try thinking of each bullet point in terms of a question a real estate agent might have about your background. Some things an agent will be asking as they read your resume are:
- Do they have administrative, marketing, sales, or real estate experience?
- Are they detail-oriented and organized?
- What volume of workload have they managed in the past?
- Can they solve problems independently?
- Can they take leadership and ownership in their work?
Your job descriptions should provide evidence to answer each of these questions. If you do have prior real estate experience, include numbers like how many transactions you managed, the number of agents you supported, or your team’s sales volume. If you don’t have prior real estate experience, find other meaningful numbers or figures that illustrate your success and capacity for handling a heavy workload.
Keep it short, sweet, and simple.
Most resumes for a real estate assistant position shouldn’t be longer than a page. While two pages might be appropriate in some cases, agents are going to pay the most attention to the first page, and you don’t want anything good hiding at the bottom of page two. Use bullet points, but no more than four or five per role. Clearly indicate dates of employment, including months if you were in a role less than three years. Save your resume as a PDF and text-only document and include both. If you are relocating, mention that at the top of your resume.
Realtors are bottom-line oriented and don’t want to read lots of unnecessary detail—they want to be able to scan your resume quickly to determine if you have the background they’re looking for. Make it easy for them, and you’ll be more likely to get the interview!
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