Assistant Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applicant with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate.

At Zippia, we went through over 347,272 Assistant resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Five Key Resume Tips For Landing An Assistant Job:

Relevant Experience
Make sure that the jobs, experience, and accolades that you do include are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
The Right Skills
This is a great time to run wild with those keywords found in the job description. If they’re looking for someone with Customer Service, be sure to list it as a skill.
Quantifiable Achievements
Achievements and awards relevant to the position speak louder than a high GPA, especially if you can quantify your achievement with a number.
Your Unique Qualities
Recruiters and hiring managers are looking at hundreds of resumes. Let yours stand out, and try not to sound too boring.
Strong Content
If you’ve had a lot of jobs, this shouldn’t necessarily be a list of all of them. This is a document designed to market you to a potential employer, so choose the strongest content.

How To Write An Assistant Resume

Contact Information
First things first — employers only spend about six seconds looking at resumes before they decide to keep them or throw them away, so you should definitely let them know whose it is.
Commute and relocation are things that employers take into consideration when sifting through candidates, so provide your current address in your resume header so that employers have an idea of where you are in relation to their office.
LinkedIn Profile
If you feel that a link to your social media profile could further your standing as a candidate, go ahead and include it. This doesn’t mean you should throw in a link to your hilarious Twitter profile, but instead provide your LinkedIn profile.
Professional Summary (Objective)
Career objective statements are one of the most overlooked pieces of otherwise stellar resumes. It’s not that every Assistant CV out there needs one — it’s just that the ones that really do need them typically never think to include them.
The goal of this section is simple: to summarize the resume in a few short sentences. Through your resume summary you enable employers to quickly learn whether you are a good match for the job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when writing a professional summary:
Keep it short: it should be 4 sentences max
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements

Not sure which skills are really important?

3 Big Tips For Listing Skills On Your Resume
Make sure to only include your hard skills on your resume. In addition, include the most in-demand assistant skills. Below we have listed the top skills for an assistant : The more keywords your resume can “match,” the more likely it is that your resume will be selected for review by human eyes.
Top Skills for an Assistant
Here are a few key points of to keep in mind while writing your skills section:
Include between 6 to 12 skills
Make sure to only include hard skills
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
The work experience section of a resume is all about highlighting the achievements that an employer would want to see. Here are some examples from different Business Analysts

Example # 1

Department Assistant

  • Receive, sort and distribute forms and correspondence.
  • Created and presented PowerPoint presentations for the State Farm Bank management.
  • Coordinate activities within our demand pool, across demand pools and with other departments such as Administrative Services and HR.
  • Process changes done through the internet and research material to better rate policyholders.
  • Create PowerPoint presentations for refresher training classes, my Quality Champion meetings and for my Change Ambassador meetings.

Example # 2

Housing Assistant

  • Answer inquiries from participants, applicants, general public and prospective owners about the HCV program.
  • Participate in in-service training including medical, strategies for crisis intervention prevention, and CPR certifications.
  • Act as liaison between clients, landlords and other agencies.
  • Collaborated with the NYC Department of Homeless Services to place homeless mentally ill males into permanent supervised housing.
  • Assisted in collecting required income and asset information for applicants to be updated in Yardi system.

Example # 3


  • received payments, made errands - dealt with data entry -PowerPoint -basic micro-excel, on-line and etc.
  • Created and presented PowerPoint presentations for the State Farm Bank management.
  • Receive, sort and distribute forms and correspondence.
  • Create PowerPoint presentations for refresher training classes, my Quality Champion meetings and for my Change Ambassador meetings.
  • Support Underwriter by performing Data Entry for all auto contracts and changes Mail operations (retrieve and sort)

Example # 4

Editorial Assistant

  • Managed social media content using Hootsuite.
  • Conducted research online, in-house, at the Detroit Public Library, and at the Wayne State University libraries.
  • Focused on writing and content aggregation for the daily website blog Provided content and design input for the monthly online publication
  • Transitioned existing staff/processes into a hybrid model that supported both traditional print and online distribution channels.
  • Researched and analyzed search spikes on Google, Twitter, and Yahoo!

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How much work experience does the average assistant candidate have?
The average assistant resume contains 2.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your assistant skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from assistant resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
As an assistant, you may wonder exactly how your education section should look. Assistant roles often require a High School Diploma degree or higher, so the majority of assistant resumes that we looked at contained a high school diploma degree.
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As shown above, the Education section can be very brief. However make sure to include the following:
The name of the school you attended
The year you attended
Your major
Your GPA
The level of education you attained

Assistant Salary

Did your resume land you an interview? Be prepared to talk salary.

How To Answer "What Are Your Salary Requirements"

When you are ready to send your resume to employers, it's important to be aware of the current market conditions for Assistants. Salary can vary based on factors such as location, company, and industry. Check out our detailed salary information for Assistants to learn more.

Average Employee Salary
Min 10%
Median 50%
Max 90%