Associate 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 283,307 Associate 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 Associate 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 Associate 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 Associate 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
For Associates, the skill that stands out above all others in terms of how frequently it shows up on associate resumes is customer service, which is more than twice as common as the next common skill: new merchandise. Including these skills on your resume won't necessarily make you stand out from the crowd, but they can help reinforce your experience as an associate.
Top Skills for an Associate
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

Courtesy Clerk

  • Managed front end employees Managed deli inventory Took direct customer orders
  • Processed transactions by cash, check, credit cards, vouchers, or automatic debts.
  • Maintain deli appearance at all times dictated by health code rules.
  • Assumed responsibility for the full accountability of cash, checks, credit cards, money orders, WIC and food stamps.
  • Maintained the store in a janitorial fashion.

Example # 2

Daycare Provider Assistant

  • Provided families daycare for their children in my home.
  • Provide companionship by talking to, playing games with, or going for walks with clients
  • Provide care for the elderly people and the sick.
  • Maintain current Pediatric first aid/CPR/AED certifications.
  • Provided behavioral/emotional support and supervision for those with dementia and Alzheimer's.

Example # 3

Associate Sales Representative

  • Answer inbound calls, Answer customer's questions, fix issues and troubleshoot account, bill, and/or devices.
  • Communicated with customers to analyze and determine their entertainment needs for television, internet, home phone, and wireless service.
  • Navigated through intranet and internet with multiple online systems while speaking with customers.
  • Meet and exceed goals in sales including mobile, internet, home phone, accessories and even close business accounts.
  • Assisted customers with sales and servicing for DSL internet service.

Example # 4

Baby Sitter

  • Read to children and teach them ABCs and 123s Organize and store toys and materials to ensure order in activity areas.
  • Addressed behavioral and learning issues with parents and daycare management staff.
  • Prepared food Potty trained Taught ABC's and number counting Exercised Dropped off and picked up children to and from school
  • Care for people kids in my home!

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How much work experience does the average associate candidate have?
The average associate resume contains 3.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your associate skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from associate resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
As an associate, you may wonder exactly how your education section should look. Associate roles often require a High School Diploma degree or higher, so the majority of associate 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

Associate 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 Associates. Salary can vary based on factors such as location, company, and industry. Check out our detailed salary information for Associates to learn more.

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