So, you sat down to start your CV and can’t figure out how to write your resume summary statement.
Don’t worry. We’ve got your back! In this article, we will outline a few essentials you need to write a great resume summary.
First, it’s important to note that there is a difference between a resume objective and a resume summary statement.
Just about every resource online will tell you to avoid using an objective. We agree. They are extremely boring and outdated!
This method lost popularity long ago. Objectives are more of an “I” statement which states what you are looking for. Your resume should focus on how you can add value to the reader.
Example: I am seeking a position in the retail industry focusing on sales or customer service.
The resume summary statement has replaced the objective and is much more effective at communicating how you will benefit the company. The fact of the matter is, your resume is not for you; it's for the person reading about you. This is your first real impression of the company so you have to nail it!
The resume summary is arguably the most important part of the entire resume. If you have a boring summary statement that doesn't relate to the position, it’s unlikely that anyone will continue reading. The next most important sections of a resume can be found in the top 5 resume sections you can't go without.
Example: Software Sales Account Executive with over ten years of experience. Versatile, bilingual professional with account management experience ranging from mid-sized accounts to multi-million dollar accounts. Ability to prospect and close hundreds of deals per year, while ensuring individual account satisfaction and growth.
This resume summary works for a few reasons
- It’s very straightforward and to the point.
- The job title is stated right away, so it’s clear that if this is a sales position, we have a solid fit.
- We show off our experience by stating the number of years we have in the industry.
- Finally, we demonstrate our value to the reader. We did this by telling them we have the ability to manage accounts of all sizes, as well as close hundreds of deals per year.
Make sure to tie in your skills with what you believe the company needs, specific to the job description. Yes, you might swing and miss at a few opportunities before you get your resume summary just right, but that’s Okay! This should be no longer than 3-4 sentences. You will explain your experience and skills in other sections of your resume. Focus on your most relevant skills in combination with the skills that you feel separate you from other applicants and you are guaranteed to write a great resume summary statement.
Want to learn more about the experience section of your resume? Check out 4 Tips to Write Your Resume Work Experience Section.
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