Jan 08, 2019 - 04:27 PM
Summary statements can be especially effective in helping you get your foot in the door at a company. Experts say that hiring managers only look at a resume for an average of six seconds before making a decision on whether to continue reading the resume. That means that the words at the very top of your resume are the most important.
Start your summary with something that describes who you are. For example, "Experienced project manager." Then, go on to say how many years of experience you have. You may also want to include some other detail, such as the degrees you hold or some other relevant experience. Then, describe what you’re looking for. If you are applying to a particular job, consider customizing the summary to include the job title and the company name. If you are a local candidate, you may even want to include the city name, to show that the company does not have to relocate you.
Here is an example for a project manager who lives in Memphis, Tennessee and is interested in working at FedEx’s corporate headquarters:
"Experienced project manager with an MBA in computer engineering, and over 10 years of proven success at multiple Fortune 500 organizations. Seeking a project manager opportunity at FedEx in Memphis, where I can use my expertise to meet project goals and to organize the team."
For a deeper dive on the topic, check out this LiveCareer article on how to write a resume summary.
Aug 19, 2018 - 03:42 AM
You should give employers a sense of the extent of your experience, most applicable skills or qualifications, and professional accomplishments in a resume summary statement. Use powerful language and relevant keywords to make this statement grab the attention of potential employers.
The content of a summary statement may also vary depending on your professional field and the type of position you are seeking. You may find it helpful to look over summary statements in our extensive collection of resume examples to see what a sample jobseeker in your field chooses to draw attention to in this brief and highly visible resume section.