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Writing an excellent resume is your key to making a great first impression on a potential employer. In order to help you along with this process, we have reviewed a Front Area Administrative Assistant resume sample and highlighted areas for improvement or modification. Play close attention to these sections and avoid making the same mistakes in your own resume writing.
The skills section is your opportunity to pack your resume with key words and phrases that you want to be associated with your professional profile. These skills should be relevant to the field you are applying for and should also be unique to your ability. The strongest skills sections use bullet notes with a table format and brief phrases. In this resume sample, the applicant has listed longer phrases that should be shortened. Here is what an updated highlights section might look like: Highlights
Notice how editing this section clarifies the language and emphasizes skills rather than generic work duties. Many of the items that the applicant had listed here would be better suited for the previous work experience section.
Always use bullets when listing items
The formatting of your resume is crucial. This ensures that what you have presented is easy to read and understand, even for the employer with several resumes to get through. If your resume is slightly messy, it could seriously take away from what is on the page. Avoid this mistake by using bullet notes to separate items of information. Notice the difference between these two sections: WRONG: Experience AdvocareNovember 2009 to April 2013Front Area Administrative Assistant/Receptionist Marlton, New Jersey Greet and direct patients and visitors, answer the phone and responds to inquiries, direct calls, or initiates triage email for medical personnel response. Coordinates patient referrals through insurance via the Navinet system, and to other physician offices. Collects payments/co-pays and reconciles daily cash reports. Schedule appointments on our computerized schedulers IDX, and EMR. As well as update medical information on NJIIS. Proficient in MS Office Suites; Word, Outlook, Excel, etc. Have excellent communication skills with the ability to interact professionally with patients, families, staff and physicians. Work as a team member to provide optimal level of patient care. RIGHT: Experience AdvocareNovember 2009 to April 2013 Front Area Administrative Assistant/Receptionist Marlton, New Jersey
Notice also that eliminating repetitive information and changing the tense to past since the applicant is describing a former position makes the content more readable.
Consolidate education section
The education is important, but only as reference of where you have studied and any related coursework. It is not necessary to list any coursework that does not directly relate to the field you are applying for. For this resume sample, that would mean leaving out the fact that this applicant took a public speaking class and minored in criminal justice. These facts would be more appropriate for an in-person interview. Don’t hesitate to get help with your resume writing. Check out QuintCareer’s Resume Builder today and learn more about the available services.