IN THIS ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT RESUME SEE HOW TO WRITE A RESUME FOR A CHALLENGING BACKGROUND
Administrative Assistant Resume Project Brief
What is missing from the administrative assistant resume shown on this page? Do you see it?
As we’ve shown here and with many of our other example resumes, sometimes it is necessary to think outside the box and be creative about how you write and structure a resume.
This resume written for an administrative assistant had a problematic work history with long gaps between jobs and a lot of diversity in the type of positions she had held. The reason: her husband had to move frequently for his work and so she followed him.
Additionally, some of the business experience included on this administrative assistant resume was actually more than 25 years old. A traditional resume format just didn’t work for her this office administrator, and so we came up with this very creative format that left out the dates. The missing dates are hardly noticeable and she quickly began to get calls for interviews.
This format of this resume is what is known as a functional format resume. While it is easy to read and it was successful in this case, a functional format resume should almost never be used. You will notice that we used this format specifically because it helped us draw attention away from some possible negatives: dates experience and lots of gaps. Of course, recruiters know this is why people use a functional format and dislike them for that reason. The bottom line: think carefully about the decision of how to format your resume and make your decisions thoughtfully.
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