How to Write a Resume Career Summary

Here's how to create a resume introduction that's packed with your most sought-after skills, abilities, accomplishments, and attributes. 

A career summary can help make your resume stand out. 

Hiring managers are busy people. A single job posting might attract thousands of resumes—imagine having to read through all of them to pick out the best-looking candidates. 

Newsflash: Hiring managers don't read the entirety of every single resume that hits their desk. There's just no time. 

Instead of going line by line through each resume, hiring managers will often look for the career summary to determine whether or not they should keep reading. 

What's a career summary, you ask? It's a hard-hitting introductory paragraph packed with your most sought-after skills, abilities, accomplishments, and attributes. In short, your career summary is key to getting noticed. 

Take these six steps to create a winning career summary that can put your resume on top. 

1. Conduct research on your ideal job 

The more closely you can target your profile to the employer's needs, the better your results will be. Start by searching jobs for your ideal position. Compare the ads and write a list of common job requirements and preferred qualifications. 

2. Assess your credentials 

Based on your research, how do you measure up? How would you help potential employers meet their goals? Besides the qualifications described, do you offer any added bonus? If you are lacking in one area, do you make up for it with other credentials? 

If you are having a hard time assessing your skills, get help. Ask your colleagues, instructors, and supervisors what they see as your key qualifications. Review your performance evaluations. What do others say about the quality of your work? Then write a list of your top marketable credentials. 

3. Relay the value you bring to the table 

The next step is to weave your top credentials into your summary. Keep in mind that the summary helps the hiring manager determine if you should be called for an interview. Include a synopsis of your career achievements to show that your dedication to results is transferable to your next employer. Explain how you would help solve their problems. Ask yourself, "How will the employer benefit from hiring me?" 

4. Add a headline 

A headline, or resume title, hooks your readers and compels them to continue reading. A headline should include your job target as well as the main benefit of hiring you. 

5. Focus on your goal 

The most effective summaries target one career goal. If you have more than one possible objective, consider drafting different versions. Your profile can also include a bulleted "Key Skills" section, which provides an easy-to-read listing of your core capabilities. 

6. Proofread, refine and perfect 

First impressions are lasting impressions. Is your summary persuasive and free of errors? Is your tone appropriate for your career field? Avoid empty, generalized statements such as "excellent communication skills." 

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