Powerful words to use in your Assistant CV

The competition for Executive and Personal Assistant jobs is fierce. Now more than ever. That is why it is important to make your CV (or resume) stand out from the crowd. To do that, you have to make your CV come to life. You have to list your accomplishments and achievements, not just your duties and responsibilities. Using powerful words is the way to go because they help you demonstrate your strengths, how you will fit into the organisation’s culture, and where you will add value.

Powerful words get noticed. They leap off the page.

Recruiters look through a lot of Assistant resumes. It would be best to give them something to make your CV stand out and get past the algorithm that recruiters use to select the top-level candidates put forward for an interview.

There are many powerful words that Assistants can use to make their CVs stand out. We will take a deep dive into all of the powerful words to use in your Assistant CV.


You will find all of the keywords you need to add to your CV from the job description or listing. By adding them to your resume, you will demonstrate very quickly that you are qualified for the role.

We cover keywords that you can add to your CV in our Guide: Preparing for a Personal or Executive Assistant job search in 2021 and beyond.

Action Words

It is time to get a little creative! Actions words help bring your Assistant CV to life. These strong action verbs will set your CV apart.

Here is an example of 25 powerful action words you can use throughout your Assistant CV.

  1. Accomplish
  2. Advance
  3. Advise
  4. Brief
  5. Collaborate
  6. Compile
  7. Contribute
  8. Deliver
  9. Enable
  10. Establish
  11. Generate
  12. Handle
  13. Identify
  14. Maximise
  15. Operate
  16. Oversaw
  17. Prioritise
  18. Resolve
  19. Scrutinize
  20. Streamline
  21. Track
  22. Transform
  23. Undertake
  24. Visualise
  25. Yield

Self-descriptive words

There are skills that almost every organisation is looking for in their Assistants, and you must pepper your resume with these key qualities.

These skills are the typical hard skills that will help you as a critical business asset in your organisation. I have also given an example of how you can phrase this skill in your CV to showcasing the attributes that will make you a great employee.

Download our list of skills for Executive and Personal Assistants to keep for your next job hunt!

There are also self-descriptive words that will help your Assistant CV stand out. Here are 20 examples:

  1. Accomplished
  2. Astute
  3. Attentive
  4. Competent
  5. Dedicated
  6. Determined
  7. Diligent
  8. Dynamic
  9. Diplomatic
  10. Focused
  11. Honest
  12. Knowledgeable
  13. Meticulous
  14. Motivated
  15. Organised
  16. Passionate
  17. Proactive
  18. Professional
  19. Strategic Thinker
  20. Trusted


Rather than just outlining duties and responsibilities, Assistants should think about adding their accomplishments to their CVs.

This shows how well you do the job, where you perform and add value. Here are ten examples of accomplishments that you have most likely achieved in your Assistant role.

  1. Meticulously managed the schedule of three C-Suite Executives.
  2. Planned and executed global travel arrangements for five senior Directors.
  3. Saved £5000 in hotel fees after negotiating a new contract with our travel management supplier.
  4.  Introduced a new CRM system, saving our department time and creating efficiency.
  5. Proactively handled all email correspondence for two Executives, reducing email back-and-forth by 40%.
  6. Developed relationships with all of my Executive’s direct reports and the Executive Committee to understand and incorporate objectives and key metrics into my work.
  7. Supported Executives with cross-departmental projects. Commended for organisational skills and strategic thinking.
  8. Delivered group training to 100 employees on Microsoft Office. Improving their efficiency and technical knowledge.
  9. Proofed all documents and correspondence coming out of the CEO’s Office. Reducing errors by 90%.
  10. Supported Executives with all meeting prep and ensured follow-up after every meeting to move projects and tasks forward.