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How to write an estate agent CV
In this section we explain how to write a strong CV for an estate agency role. This might be Sales Negotiator, Sales Progressor, Lettings Agent or Sales Manager, for example.
Name and personal details
Give your first and last name, address and contact numbers here. Estate agents will usually have to drive out for house valuations and viewings so it can also be helpful to state that you have a full, clean driving licence.
Use the profile section to sum up exactly why you’re the perfect candidate for the job, in 3 or 4 lines. Employers spend little time screening applications initially, so the profile is a helpful area for grabbing their attention. Examine the job advert closely and pick out the most important requirements. Explain in your profile how you meet them.
You might also mention membership of any professional organisations here, such as the NAEA. This can help add credibility to your CV – and show a strong interest in your profession.
Although it is optional to include a ‘key skills’ section, this can help prospective employers quickly identify you as a suitable candidate. Look at the job advert first and pick out anything that the employer has asked for specifically. After that, it can be helpful to look at job descriptions to see which skills employers in this sector typically look for. Try Prospects.ac.uk and Ucas.com.
- If you know the position covers a particular area and you have strong local knowledge, mention this as it is a highly desirable trait.
- If you’ve used any of the main estate agency software packages, it’s worth mentioning – for example, ExpertAgent, PortalHub, Domus, EstatesIT, AgentPro, Rezi, Jupix, Alto, 10Ninety or Acquaint CRM. It’s an advantage if you are already familiar with whatever package the Agency is using already.
Detail your work experience starting with the most recent position first. For each position, give your job title, dates of employment (month/year) and employer. Then, provide details of your responsibilities and any key achievements.
Q: What if I have no specific experience in an estate agency?
If you have no specific estate agency experience, consider the skills that prospective employers are looking for. Provide details of your previous positions where you have demonstrated those skills.
Some examples include
- Customer service skills
- The ability to sell products and services
- The ability to work on your own
- Thorough and ability to pay attention to detail
- Persistence and determination
- Patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- The ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- Excellent verbal communication skills
- The ability be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently (Source: National Careers Service).
Q: What if I have no work experience at all?
Take a look at our School Leaver’s CV template to see how you can use other types of experience on your CV.
- Detail any qualifications you have, providing the awarding body, date completed and any grade.
- Estate agents don’t need any particular qualifications. Indeed, they can start as a trainee sales negotiator and learn on the job.
- However, qualifications that help to demonstrate the above skills may be an advantage.
If you are new to the industry, consider enrolling on a course. You do not need to wait until you have finished the course to start applying for jobs. Prospective employers will often be impressed that you are taking your career in the industry forward. Try Property Mark’s sales or lettings courses, many of which can be taken online. Those new to the industry may wish to consider the Award in Introduction to Sale of Residential Property which provides a good introduction to health and safety, regulations, customer service and good practice.
If you have some previous experience, taking Property Mark’s Level 3 or 4 courses could help you prove your knowledge and stand out from the competition. There is also the option of a Commercial Property award, demonstrating specialism in the commercial sector.
Although including interests isn’t absolutely essential for your CV, it can help prospective employers build a better picture of who you are. Interests can also demonstrate additional skills to employers (such as leadership in sports) and can show that you take an interest in your personal health and wellbeing.
It is optional to include references on your CV, since employers will ask for them anyway if they intend to offer you a job. You may like to delete this section to create more room elsewhere.
NB: This template and content was originally published in January 2019 and it has been updated for 2021.