Medical 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 460,479 Medical 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 a Medical 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 Patient Care, 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 a Medical 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 Medical 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 medical assistant skills. Below we have listed the top skills for a medical 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 a Medical Assistant
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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
We compared 460,479 resume examples and job offers and found that the average experience required for a medical assistant job required by employers is 1.0 years.
How much work experience do employers want to see?
The average medical assistant job listing asks for 1.0 years of work experience.
How much work experience does the average medical assistant candidate have?
The average medical assistant resume contains 3.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your medical assistant skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from medical assistant resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
Optometrist Assistant

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Medical Assistant
Certificate - Human Services
  • Schedule patients in the EMR; Prepare and maintain patient charts; Call in prescriptions for patients
  • Performed patient's pretests (visual field, glaucoma, etc.
  • Completed auto refraction tests and performed glaucoma exams on patients during check in.
  • Scheduled appointments, greeted patients, managed accounting Verified patient insurance documents Medicare/Medicaid documentation filer Extensive patient/customer interaction
  • Assist doctors by getting the paperwork to them that is necessary.
Medical Assistant

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Medical Assistant
Certificate - Education
  • Researched Medicaid aging reports then submitted and received payment.
  • Scanned medical records with 100% accuracy into patient electronic files in Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application (AHLTA).
  • Monitor PT vital signs,Answer phones,Schedule appointments,Prepare PT for treatment,Phlebotomy,etc
  • Worked With EHR Filed Composed new charts for patients
  • Provided Release of Information (ROI) as per Federal, State and Hospital regulations.
Medical Record Assistant (Part-Time)

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Medical Assistant
Associate's Degree
Associate's Degree - Biology
  • Triaged patient phone calls, greeted patients, entered demographics, collected copayments and past due balances.
  • Collect blood samples via venipuncture, heel-sticks and finger-sticks.
  • Assist our staff with scheduling CT-Scans, MRI & organizing Radiology CD s, films & records.
  • Assign appropriate ICD-9-CM diagnosis and CPT procedure codes to outpatient and inpatient encounters for professional services
  • Reviewed OASIS documentation for accuracy and completion; assigned correct ICD-9, CPT, and HCPCS codes.
Patient Services Assistant (Part-Time)

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Medical Assistant
Certificate - Human Services
  • Demonstrated multi-tasking ability and the ability to plan organize work, and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrate ability to manage and balance complex, competing priorities to include meeting multiple deadlines and handling unexpected demands.
  • Used assistive devices such as sarah 2000, maxi slide, hoyer lift and transfer board to facilitate this process.
  • Assist residents with ADLS and quality of life.
  • Work with claims folders, timecards, and retrieve folders concerning appointments for Veterans.
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As a medical assistant, you may wonder exactly how your education section should look. Medical Assistant roles often require a Post-Secondary Certificate degree or higher, so the majority of medical assistant resumes that we looked at contained a post-secondary certificate degree.
Overwhelmingly, those applying to medical assistant positions majored in Medical Assisting Services. Some of the other common majors that appear on medical assistant resumes include Nursing, Health Care Administration, and Business.
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

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

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