This page provides you with Executive Assistant resume samples to use to create your own resume with our easy-to-use resume builder. Below you'll find our how-to section that will guide you through each section of a Executive Assitant resume.
Using a template to create your executive assistant resume means you won't have to worry about formatting the structure of your resume. You’ll be able to focus entirely on what you bring to the position, and hiring managers won’t be put off by any unusual formatting.
Companies often use ATS to track and filter their applicants. While this is a great benefit to employers, prospective employees are often frustrated that their customer service resumes aren’t even being looked at by hiring managers. Thankfully, VisualCV’s professionally designed resume templates have been specifically optimized for ATS software.
A functional resume, also known as a skills-based resume, focuses on your skills rather than your work history. Instead of the traditional reverse-chronological resume, when creating a functional resume you choose the most relevant skills and responsibilities from your previous jobs and combine them to demonstrate your potential as an employee.
In theory, a functional resume should work well for executive assistant resumes, because it allows you to demonstrate those all-important organizational and time-management skills. However, functional resumes have a bad reputation amongst hiring managers, and most of the time your chances will suffer when you use a functional resume. Unless the job posting specifically requests a functional resume, it’s best to stick with more traditional formats.
Your executive assistant resume summary should be to the point. Focus only on the traits and experiences you have that you feel best qualifies you for the position. Speak briefly about your experience, especially if you have many years of experience to draw from, and explain why you would be an asset to the company to which you’re applying. This is a great opportunity to bring up keywords from the job posting – not only will they draw the attention of a hiring manager, they’ll likely also help you get past ATS software.
Reliable trilingual executive assistant with a proven track record in government office management, research, and client relations. Exceptionally organized and efficient. Adept at handling multiple projects simultaneously.
Accomplished administrative professional with over 15 years of experience supporting C-Level executives in complex international organizations. Poised and competent, able to exercise independent judgement under pressure always providing a sense of calm. Effectively managed across cultures with diplomacy and tact. Experienced working with highly sensitive materials and around confidential negotiations (IPO, mergers). Talent for quickly mastering technology.
Executive Assistant with 3+ years of working with CEOs, COOs of fast paced corporate environments. Won top emerging talent for 3 years consecutively by group CEO at ACME.
Related: Our guide on how to write a resume summary.
Resume objectives differ from resume summaries – instead of writing an overview of your experience, an executive assistant resume objective introduces you and tells managers about the role you’re hoping to land. If you already have experience as an executive assistant, skip this section entirely – it won’t be relevant and it’ll only take up space in your resume. You should only include a resume objective if you’re applying for an entry-level position, or you’re looking to make a career transition using skills you gained in a different field.
Office manager with 5 years of experience in a client-facing role looking to leverage my organizational expertise as I transition into an executive assistant career.
This is where you can really start bragging. Alison Green, author of Ask a Manager, highlights the single biggest resume mistake she saw in her time as a hiring manager: “Writing a resume that reads like a series of job descriptions.”
“The bullet points they use to describe what they did for each job just list activities and read like a job description for the role might,” she says. “For example, ‘edit documents,’ ‘collect data,’ or ‘manage website.’”
Did you ever fix an organizational mess for your boss? Have your previous managers called you a “life-saver” time and again? Now is the time to make this known to recruiters.
Executive Assistant to VP of Public Safety & Privacy, Yellowstone Club | 2015-Present
Personal & Executive Assistant, Windsor International | 2006-2009
Chief of Staff/Executive Assistant to President & CEO, Lawrence General Hospital | 2015-2016
The more information you can provide a potential employer with about your skills, the better! The skills section of your resume is often combed by ATS to determine whether you’d be a good fit for the role. It’s the perfect opportunity to customize your resume for the position to which you’re applying – find the skills you possess on the job description and make sure those skills appear on your executive assistant resume.
Here are just a few skills employers will be on the lookout for when you apply for executive assistant jobs.