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SYoxall Resume - Critique Request

by S. Yoxall
(Monroeville, PA)

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To obtain a position where I can best utilize and expand on my administrative, secretarial and computer skills.


  • Experienced in Accounts Payable, Administrative and Secretarial functions.

  • Ordered and maintained inventory of office supplies, equipment and services.

  • Implemented and managed a new file tracking system resulting in fewer lost files.

  • Excellent written and verbal skills, professional appearance and work ethic.

  • Acquired skills through on the job training to advance from secretarial to administrative positions.


Williams Coulson, Attorneys At Law, Pittsburgh, PA; 9/1998 to 9/2007

Legal Assistant (1/2006 to 9/2007)
  • Worked with a team of five others to organize and manage a complex project involving 300 new clients.

  • Extensive database entry to record filing deadlines and client information.

  • Generated status reports to track and monitor work in progress.

  • Heavy client contact to update and obtain information necessary to adhere to deadlines.

Administrative Assistant, Accounts Payable, File Room Administrator (5/2001 to 1/2006)

  • Directly assisted the Executive Director in the day-to-day operations of the firm.

  • Handled all communication with vendors and sales representatives.

  • Liaison between supervisor and staff to resolve problems and inquiries.

  • Handled issues concerning equipment, tenant services, and employee benefits.

  • Maintained reference materials regarding office policies and procedures.

  • Reviewed invoices for accuracy, due dates, and payment history.

  • Prepared checks for payment of invoices, expense reports and other miscellaneous expenses.

  • Allocated out of pocket and overhead expenses to appropriate client and general ledger accounts.

  • Trained as backup to perform duties relating to billing, cash receipts and bank deposits.

  • Converted over 10,000 files from alphabetic to numeric, through the use of bar codes, which resulted in better utilization of office and storage space.

  • Routinely scanned and updated file locations to ensure timely access to files.

  • Generated retention reports and prepared files for off-site storage.

Legal Secretary (9/1998 to 5/2001)
  • Drafted and revised legal correspondence and pleadings, and finalized documents for court filings.

  • Maintained and updated client files, attorney calendars, meetings and appointments.

  • Verbal and written communication with clients, opposing counsel, and others in the legal field.

  • Provided all other general and routine secretarial and administrative support.

Eckert Seamans, Attorneys At Law, Pittsburgh, PA; 9/1986 to 9/1998

Secretarial Coordinator (12/1994 to 9/1998)
  • Coordinated the daily overflow work among attorneys and secretaries ensuring the timely completion of projects.

  • Attended administrative meetings to brainstorm enhancements to the overflow work program.

Legal Secretary (9/1986 to 9/1998)
  • Primary duties included assisting two partners in the litigation department.

  • Drafted and revised complaints, interrogatories, briefs and all other legal documents.

  • Finalized pleadings for court filings and maintained pleadings docket.

  • Entered attorney timesheets and new client information into billing system.


Duff’s Business Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
Associate in Specialized Business Degree — Legal Secretarial


  • Windows 95/98/2000

  • Microsoft Word

  • Microsoft Outlook

  • Worldox (Document Manager)

  • Juris (Time & Billing)

  • Opus (File Tracking)

  • Elite (Time & Billing)

  • Internet

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May 28, 2008
Great Resume
by: Anonymous

This resume does a better than average job of detailing the job responsibilities using mostly strong action words. I'd replace words like "Attended" with "Participated" and make sure every bullet point starts with an action word.

The objective could be less "you-focused" and more "employer-focused". Help them see what's in it for them to hire you.

Finally, I'd try to quantify more of the job responsibilities wherever you can. You've done it some of the time, but I think it could be improved.

Overall, though, great job!

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