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If you are uncertain about something to add or change about your resume, it can be incredibly beneficial to read through some resume samples to get some ideas regarding what is and is not helpful. We have had our experts read through the following senior administrative assistant resume sample and point out the things that should not be included on an effective resume. Take a look at some of the issues that come up, so you do not make the same errors on your own resume.
Use bullet points for Accomplishments section
The Accomplishments section on this resume begins with a paragraph, which you do not need. Everything should be listed as bullet points, so the information about increasing office organization and everything else should just be given bullets. It should be formatted like this:
This makes the content flow much more smoothly.
Avoid stating standard tasks in Accomplishments section
The above facts are fine to use for this particular section. However, the others are not really accomplishments. They are just the duties that would be expected of someone in a customer service position. For example, putting, Facilitated onboarding of new employees by scheduling training, answering questions and processing paperwork, can be listed under the applicable position in the experience section. It should not be taking up space in Accomplishments, which is a section that is supposed to be reserved for actual, tangible things you have done that other people will not have done.
List most current experience first
Once you get into the Experience section, you want to start with whatever position is most relevant, which is generally the job you have now. Then you will want to go back chronologically to other positions you have held. In this resume sample, the applicant lists a position she has not worked at since 2001, and underneath that is a position she currently holds and has worked at since 2002. You always want to lead with whatever is most current because you want to give the most accurate picture of what skills and experiences you have gained most recently. For this resume, working at the State of Alabama should come first, and then working at Wal-Mart should come underneath that.
Use bullet points for Experience section
Similar to the Accomplishments section, you always want to break up the information within the Experience section with bullet points instead of large paragraphs. This will make all the material much easier to read and to look at. Therefore, this resume sample’s information listed under State of Alabama should read:
Formatting the information this way will be a lot easier for the reader to take in, and when you are working on your resume, you want to make everything as simple as possible. The simple changes we have made on this senior administrative assistant resume sample may not seem like a lot, but they make a big difference when a potential employer is reading through a ton of resumes and will be looking at the minute details of each one. To really make your resume stand out, use QuintCareer’s Resume Builder to really fine-tune it.