I think writing a good Summary is one of the hardest parts of putting together a resume. I figure I'm not alone, so I want to share some examples of good resume Summary statements, along with a few of my writing tricks. I just finished working on these and I think you might find them helpful.
Show Us Your Best Stuff!
Let's start with my six brainstorming ideas about what to write in your Summary section. You don't have to cover all of them — you can just pick the ones that show off your very best stuff. Or, you might be able to combine some. (For example, the first and second points often work well together.) Here you go...
- Indicate your career objective.
- State how much relevant experience you have.
- Summarize your qualifications for your job objective.
- Talk about a highly relevant or an overall career achievement you're proud of.
- Give a brief sense of your work or management style.
- Refer to a personal trait that supports your job objective.
Try to limit your Summary section to three or four statements, and keep each statement to no more than three lines. That way the whole section won't look too long and time-consuming to read. (Think "summary," not "War and Peace.")
When I'm working with folks on the Summary parts of their resumes, I use a bunch of questions to help them write good statements. Here's what I ask and some examples of the results.
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