You consider yourself a well-organized person. In fact, you excel at it. You keep your surroundings tidy. You are good at scheduling and time management, and you always complete tasks on time. You are self-motivated, you think strategically, and you prioritize well.
If you have such an organized personality type, you can put it to good use in your career. Organizational skills are highly transferable – they are useful in virtually every job – but your skills may make you suitable you for a few job types in particular. We’ll discuss 11 of these below.
Executive Administrative Assistant
Says one career resource, “Behind every successful CEO is an executive assistant who works tirelessly to schedule and confirm appointments, plan meetings, answer messages, file documents, coordinate activities, and manage day-to-day office responsibilities.”
Of course, to land the job, you should do more than just list “organizational skills” on your executive administrative assistant resume. Instead, show your organizational skills in action within the job descriptions. Explain, for instance, how many employees your work supported – especially if you assisted at a large company.
Event planners or event managers handle the details of weddings, conferences, concerts, and other events. They need to be well-organized throughout the process with a keen attention to detail. This can involve meeting scheduling benchmarks to get things done on time. This is especially vital on the day of the event when decorating and coordinating various services must fall quickly into place. They are also active during the event to avert problems and make sure things run smoothly.
Project managers work in many different fields. Often, they need a background knowledge of the field itself, but organizational skills are needed to make sure the project is completed on time and within the established budget. This includes writing reports, creating and managing spreadsheets, and delegating tasks to others.
Logistics managers or specialists are involved the in the purchasing, distributing, shipping, and coordinating of products within the supply chain. They must understand consumer demand, transportation availability, and vendor and manufacturer limitations.
If you are good with numbers and have great attention to detail, inventory might be the field for you. Inventory specialists handle everything related to a company’s inventory – ordering materials and supplies, receiving deliveries, directing where items are stored, and managing completed and outgoing products. This may involve data entry, spreadsheets, scheduling, and the use of logistical software.
School Principals and Teachers
School administrators must be well organized in managing their staff, coordinating educational curricula, and even making sure that supply sources and school-day meals run smoothly.
Teachers, too, must be well-organized in order to juggle tasks such as creating lesson plans, grading papers, communicating with parents, identifying student needs, and providing specialized attention to students as needed.
Real Estate Agents
The most successful real estate agents are well-organized when it comes to keeping tabs on their clients’ preferences in comparison to homes or properties coming onto the market. Good scheduling is required to react quickly to new offers.
Getting all the right documents, visas, tickets, and reservations – and timing everything correctly – for an extended journey, group trip, or international vacation can be likened to a feat of engineering.
Today, some agents travel with their groups. This allows them to make suggestions or handle challenges on the fly. They may also need to be well-organized in keeping the group together, designating meeting points, and communicating to make sure everyone gets there on time.
Accountants and Tax Professionals
My accountant is one of the most well-organized people I know. She has a wall of bookshelves packed with binders chronicling the financial escapades of hundreds of local businesses. Even so, she can walk to the wall and pull my file each year without any searching.
In addition to keeping digital and physical records, accountants and other tax professionals must study yearly changes to tax laws. During the income tax season, they must schedule well to ensure all deadlines are met.
You might at first think that attention to detail would be a more important skill than organization for editors – and it is important – but editors must be especially well-organized in their schedules in order to get edited copy turned in on time. This is especially true if their newspaper, website, or other media publishes daily.
Lawyers and attorneys must also be well-organized. Not only do they have to make numerous meetings on time, but they must juggle conducting research, meeting and communicating with clients, completing documents and paperwork, and investigating the evidence.
Good organizational skills also aid a student lawyer in making the grade throughout law school!
Well-organized people can use their organizational skills to further their careers. Jobs especially suited to this personality type include executive administrative assistants, event planners, project managers, logistics managers, inventory specialists, real estate agents, school principals, teachers, travel agents, accountants, editors, and lawyers.