A sales assistant resume must detail your skills and accomplishments in past work to demonstrate to an employer why you would make a good candidate for the job. A sales assistant must be proficient in building relationships with clients, closing deals, upselling, cross-selling, stocking and ordering merchandise. General requirements of the position include skills in cataloguing, customer service and inventory techniques. A resume must demonstrate your expertise in these skills.
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Resume format will depend on your past experience as a sales assistant. There are three main formats of resumes: chronological, functional and technical. The technical format won't be discussed since it is used for jobs that require portfolios and technical knowledge such as an engineer or graphic design position.
The chronological format should be used if you have at least five years experience as a sales assistant or related position. It details career history by listing position title, company and years worked, beginning with most current job first. Under each job title is a brief description of your daily responsibilities and notable accomplishments.
The functional format is good for people with less than five years related career experience. People that are changing careers or who have gaps of over two years in their work history should also use this format. This format focuses on skills gained either through school or other work and highlights these as your qualifications for the position. A teacher can show strong communication skills. A small business owner can detail their skills in inventory management and working with clients. Ten to 20 skills should be highlighted, followed by a brief section noting past positions and years held. Some resumes will list companies worked for, but the focus is on skills, not work history.
Whether you use the chronological or functional format, the resume should conclude with an education section where you list your degree and college/university attended. If you are within two years of so of high school graduation, you can list your high school. If you have post-school career training classes in inventory, sales or client relations, you can have a professional development section that lists these. If you are fluent in more than one language, list these in a language section. It is advisable to not list hobbies, political or religious affiliations. This may show you are a kind person, but it isn't relevant to your sales assistant skills.
Proofread your resume and read it over a few times to be sure text is clear and concise. If you have any social contacts that have sales assistant experience, ask them to read your resume and offer any advice. Try to get a few friends or contacts to read through it. Many times, one person's opinion may not be in your best interest, but if several people all say the same thing, it is likely you ought to take their suggestion.
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