Tabitha S. approached us in need of creating a professional resume to help her secure a private sector job closer to home. She wrote: “I am currently working for a county government that is 80 miles away from home and the cost of gas is killing me. I am looking for a full time job with benefits and would like an administrative position. Please help me update my resume with my current information.”
To see how we transformed her resume, please click the before and after resumes below.
|After (Our Version)
Looking to improve your existing administrative assistant resume?
Chances are, you are visiting this page because you are looking for a new job (or a promotion) and want some inspiration on improving your resume for administrative positions. Here are some simple ways to improve your resume if you are looking for an administrative position. If you’d like more personalized advice (absolutely free), we encourage you to request a free resume review and consultation.
- A resume written specifically for a job posting will always be more successful than a generic resume.
- Your resume should answer the question “Why do I want to hire this person?”
- Your resume is a sales document. It should be crafted to show your best skills, abilities and attributes.
- Use a skills section to showcase clerical skills and administrative keywords such as reception, telephones, data entry, etc.
- Use these keywords liberally. Mirror the terminology from the job posting.
- The real visual impact comes from the content of a resume. Clean and simple is the best way to get notice.
- A dense resume is unattractive. Use whitespace liberally to create an open, easy to read resume.
- Write your resume in first person, but never use the words “I”, “me”, “my”, etc.
- Eliminate the months from your timeline. It looks better and aids in covering any employment gaps.
- Your resume needs to be a mix of tasks and accomplishments, with emphasis on accomplishments.
- Use action verbs instead of passive terms such as “responsible for”.
- Proofread your resume multiple times. Have a friend or loved one proofread it to. A single typo can get your resume tossed.
- It is not necessary or advisable to go back more than 10-15 years when listing employment history.
If you’d like a complete list of resume tips, please visit our blog posting, “50 Resume Writing Tips“.