190+ Examples of Good Resume Summary Statements

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.

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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.

28 Sample Resume Summary Statements About Career Objectives

What is your career objective? In this section, you'll see how job seekers used this question to write these 28 sample resume Summary statements about career objectives.

67 Sample Resume Summary Statements About Experience

How much relevant experience do you have? This question was used by real job seekers to write these 67 sample resume Summary statements about experience.

46 Sample Resume Summary Statements About Job Qualifications

What are the qualifications for the job and how do you measure up? This question helped create these 46 examples of resume Summary statements about job qualifications.

9 Sample Resume Summary Statements About Achievements

What is an overall career achievement that shows you'd be good at this job? This question led to these 9 Sample Resume Summary Statements About Achievements. Take a look.

16 Sample Resume Summary Statements About Professional Style

What's your management or work style? In this section, you'll see how this question helped create 16 examples of resume Summary Statements about professional style. Check them out!

27 Sample Resume Summary Statements About Values and Traits

What personal attributes do you have that your next employer will value?
In this section are 27 sample resume Summary statements about values and traits. Take a peek!

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16 thoughts on “190+ Examples of Good Resume Summary Statements

  1. The examples provided for good resume summary statements are spot on. However, the career objective subtitle is misleading as I would think that would be to secure the position for which you are applying.

    The example outlined above appears to be more appropriate for relevant work experience.

    With that being said, I question the relevance of making your career objective part of the summary statement.

    • Hi Marc,
      Using the first line of your Summary section is ONE way of making your objective known. It works really well if you want to stay in the same line of work.

      If you’re making a career change or you’re an entry-level job seeker with little experience, then you would be better off using a job objective statement. In that case, you might use your first Summary statement to say that you have the skills or knowledge for the job you seek.

      The reason some people prefer to use the Summary statement to announce their job objective is because many recruiters say they don’t like job objective statements on resumes. Not all recruiters feel this way, but some do. So the Summary section is a good way around that, as long as you want to stay in the same career field.

      Thanks for bringing this up. Hope your job search is doing well!

  2. First off, I find you web site very informative. I do have a question though. I worked at one job for 34 years. It was a pension consulting firm where we designed and administered retirement plans for small to medium size businesses. The company was sold so at 61 I found myself unemployed. I was offered (and accepted) a job as office manager of our local hardware store. I was able to use skills from my prior job in a much different atmosphere. I worked there for about a year and store closed. I have some strikes against me. My age, I worked at one job for so long and I have no college degree. My question is what style of resume should I use and do I use a summary statement? I’m just at a loss!!! Thank you for your help.

    • If you had growth in your long term career you should write a combination resume highlighting your progress or advancement in the company you worked at the longest. Have it part chronological to show you are still capable and willing and that you know how to transfer your skills to a much different environment. (hardware store)

      Also, you mention no college degree. Many companies will take lengthy work experience in lieu of a college degree.

      I personally like bullet lists for skills. I think they draw the eye, make good use of white space and HR sees immediately what skills you have that can benefit their company.

      • Hello Melissa,
        I don’t quite get your logic for using either the combination or chronological resume format. Here’s an article that may help you decide: Choose a Resume Format.

        Best to you in your job search!

  3. Hello Susan,

    I just wanted so say thank you for taking the time to offer this great resource to me. I have found your website’s content, valuable and very helpful to scaling the daunting resume wall! This post on good resume summaries was super-helpful, as well.

    Thank you kindly,

  4. Hi Susan, I have been graduated from college but do not ever have any working experience in company. I work at home for my family for 10 year but need to find a job now. I am wondering if this is difficult to find a job since I am not young anymore and do not have any job experience? How should I write in my resume which might help?

    • If it was your family’s business you worked for, simply put the name of the business as your employer. There’s no need to explain that it belongs to your parents. Treat it just as you would any other employer.

      Good luck in your new job search!

  5. So, I’m a bit confused. Should I use an objective AND a summary statement or summary of qualifications?

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