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Your resume is vital to your job search. It needs to effectively and concisely communicate so much information about you while creating a good impression. At LiveCareer, we strive to help with the creation process by compiling expert advice and providing resume samples. Look at this executive administrative assistant resume sample to see what mistakes to avoid.
The highlights section
After the summary, the highlights section serves to introduce your abilities and break the content up before getting to the intensive content of your experiences. This sample highlights section is nearly perfect, but the two points, Microsoft Office proficiency and Excel spreadsheets are a little repetitive. The section is typically two columns of three or four bullet points, so it definitely can do to be a little shorter by combining the points or removing one. Always look for ways to make the organization of information a little more efficient. In a resume, you simply do not have room to waste.
Managing the formatting
The biggest issue this resume actually faces is its formatting. It is less objective, but it is still hugely important that you take a look over your resume after finishing and try to figure out what employers will think at a glance. If your resume is long and mostly made up of a huge block of text, as this one is, it will intimidate the reader, and some may actually entirely skip reading it. The only part of this resume that changes the formatting up is the skill highlight section, and even here the left column of bullet points line right up with the rest of the resume. Changing the alignment up in this section, as well as the experience section, will greatly improve this resume.
Formatting your experiences
As previously discussed, the experience section could do to have its information organized slightly differently. It may be more effective if it looked like this: Bank of the West January 2012 to Current Senior Administrative Analyst Petaluma, CA
By simply altering the way the bullet points are aligned, the information becomes much easier to read. Besides the issue with formatting, the only mistake this experiences section makes is in its tense. Your current position should be in the present tense, while previously help positions should be presented in the past tense. Strangely, exactly one previous job is in the present tense. Watch out for small inconsistencies such as this one. Note that the section does an excellent job otherwise by starting each point with a strong action verb, removing all personal pronouns, and including relevant information and responsibilities.
Manage the length
It may not seem like it, but the length of your resume says a lot about you. If it is too short, it looks like you do not have much to bring to the table, and it looks unprofessional if it is too long. You also must be on the lookout for wasted or blank space, even to the side of content. Typically you should aim to fit your entire resume on a single page, but it is okay to bleed onto a second page if you are covering more than 10 years of experience. This sample resume does have an extensive history to cover, but it could probably be improved slightly by being shortened, especially in the experience section. LiveCareer is committed to helping you write your resume and improve your job hunt. By offering expert advice and providing a useful resume building tool, you have everything you need to get started on a resume that is up to the task at hand.