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Associate Must-Have Resume Skills and Keywords

Are you interested in improving your job outlook and increasing your salary? How can you demonstrate that you are the most qualified candidate for an Associate position? Of course continuing to gain experience working as an Associate may be your best qualification, but there are other ways you can also develop your skills, like continuing education or volunteer opportunities. More immediately, however, you can be ready for your next opportunity or promotion by educating yourself about the duties, responsibilities, and required skills of an Associate and making sure your resume reflects your experience properly.

We designed the ZipRecruiter Career Keyword Mapper to help you solve this problem and hopefully improve your resume. Using machine learning tools paired with industry research, our Marketplace Research Team helped analyze millions of job postings and resumes to identify the most important keywords related to Associate jobs. Our goal is to help you discover opportunities to improve your resume or to help you understand what skills and qualifications you need to be an Associate or to advance your career into beyond this role.

Top Skills Mentioned in Job Descriptions

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Employers require a broad range of skills and qualifications in their descriptions of Associate positions. The top three keywords make up 45.77% of the total set of top terms. Look to the Resume Checklist below to see how Customer Service, Communication Skills, and Technical shares stack up against the share from resumes. Collaboration, Analysis and Detail Oriented represent an additionally healthy share of the employer Associate job postings with their combined total of 29.89%. At 24.33%, Compliance, Database, Auto Delivery, and Consulting Experience appear far less frequently, but are still a significant portion of the 10 top Associate skills and requirements according to employers.

Top Skills Mentioned in Resumes

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Job Skills
Job seeker resumes showcase a broad range of skills and qualifications in their descriptions of Associate positions. The top three keywords represent 41.9% of the total set of top resume listed keywords. Look to the Resume Checklist below to investigate how Customer Service, MS Office, and Microsoft Excel match up to employer job descriptions. English Speaking, Analysis, and Communication Skills represent a very decent share of skills found on resumes for Associate with 26.67% of the total. At 31.44%, Cashier, Drafting, Collaboration, and Technical appear far less frequently, but are still a significant portion of the 10 top Associate skills and qualifications found on resumes.

Most Important Skills Required to Be an Associate as Listed by Employers and Employees

Here is a simple table of the top 10 skills and qualifications as listed by employers in Associate job postings since January of 2018, followed by the top 10 skills and qualifications most commonly listed by people who held the title of Associate on their resumes.
Top Associate Skills
Skills Required by Employers Share
Customer Service 19.30%
Communication Skills 13.25%
Technical 13.22%
Collaboration 11.36%
Analysis 10.61%
Detail Oriented 7.92%
Compliance 6.40%
Database 6.07%
Auto Delivery 6.02%
Consulting Experience 5.84%
Skills Listed by Employees Share
Customer Service 21.48%
MS Office 10.24%
Microsoft Excel 10.18%
English Speaking 9.22%
Analysis 8.78%
Communication Skills 8.67%
Cashier 8.35%
Drafting 7.72%
Collaboration 7.72%
Technical 7.65%

Associate Resume Checklist

Our Resume Keyword Checklist is based upon an analysis of the most commonly found terms within both job descriptions and resumes for Associate positions. Our algorithm helps isolate phrases and patterns to identify the most frequently recurring and reused keywords from each data source, while correcting for uncommon and outlier results. Various heuristic methodologies are then applied to ultimately create two top 20 lists of the most important and significant skills, certificates and requirements found within Associate job postings and resumes. We then merge the two lists together and use a combination of statistics and rules-based scenarios to create a list that is audited by the Marketplace Research team, and finally turned into the checklist you see below. Our hope is that knowing this information can help you make your best impression with your next potential employer.
Uncommon Keywords on Associate Resumes
We did not find any skills or qualifications that were common on Associate job descriptions, but uncommon on Associate resumes.
Common Keywords on Associate Resumes
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Auto Delivery
Innovation
Entrepreneurship
Consulting Experience
Proactive
Both employer job listings and resumes from people who’ve held the position of Associate tend to always include skills and requirements found in this list. Whether you’ve only got Auto Delivery, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Consulting Experience or Proactive in your background and experience, make sure to highlight the term prominently on your resume. As a candidate you’ll be competing with many others who are bound to have as many as you (or more!) of these common resume keywords highlighted in their application for a job as an Associate.
Uncommon Keywords on Associate Job Descriptions
Job Descriptions
Resumes
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Technical
Communication Skills
Documentation
Collaboration
Detail Oriented
Problem Solving Skills
Database
Troubleshooting
Analysis
Compliance
Accuracy
Customer Service
Project Management
Employer job listings seldom list Technical, Communication Skills, Documentation, Collaboration, Detail Oriented, Problem Solving Skills, Database, Troubleshooting, Analysis, Compliance, Accuracy, Customer Service or Project Management as important skills or qualifications in Associate job descriptions. Nevertheless, candidates mention them much more commonly in their resumes. If you possess any or all of these experiences, including these keywords prominently on your resume when applying for an Associate position may go unnoticed or even discounted by hiring managers.

FAQs about Associate Skills and Resume Keywords

What are the most important Associate job skills to have on my resume?

The most common important skills required by employers are Auto Delivery, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Consulting Experience and Proactive. These skills and requirements are just as likely to be mentioned by employers as well as on resumes of people that held a position as an Associate, suggesting that having these keywords on a resume are important for success as an Associate.

What are the least important Associate job skills to have on my resume?

Although you'd probably love to load up your resume with every possible keyword you can, employers tend to look for the things they specify in the job description. Our analysis suggests that highlighting too prominently terms like Technical, Communication Skills, Documentation, Collaboration, Detail Oriented, Problem Solving Skills and Database may be something to reconsider. These 7 terms appear 2.01, 2.28, 2.36, 2.36, 2.42, 2.44 and 2.83 times less frequently, respectively, than in job descriptions for an Associate role. This implies that highlighting any of these keywords on your resume may not be a great way to stand out to a potential employer.

How do I make sure my resume has all of the right keywords for an Associate position?

Unless your resume has a good density of the following skills and experience listed, you may not be considered for the role of Associate. Make sure to include a strong showing for the following keywords on your resume:
  • Auto Delivery
  • Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Consulting Experience
  • Proactive
Finally people who held the position of an Associate and list it on their resume are adding these terms that are less likely to be noticed by employers. You may want to consider downplaying these terms on your Associate application:
  • Technical
  • Communication Skills
  • Documentation
  • Collaboration
  • Detail Oriented
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Database
  • Troubleshooting
  • Analysis
  • Compliance
  • Accuracy
  • Customer Service
  • Project Management

Before applying for an Associate job

At ZipRecruiter, we understand better than anyone the importance of using the right keywords to describe your experience — it’s crucial to attracting the right employers! We built our business on the ability to effectively match job seekers with employers using AI-technology that understands your resume and how likely you are to be noticed by a potential future employer. Having a ZipRecruiter profile that showcases your most relevant skills and abilities can help you get recruited into a new role as an Associate. Get started on your journey with a new ZipRecruiter Profile today!