Aug 23, 2018 - 12:00 AM
For those of you who are new to the art of resume creation, you may wonder what the summary of a resume is. A resume summary sits at the top of your document, beneath the header. It is a brief section that illuminates your strongest and most relevant competencies. It gives hiring managers an at-a-glance synopsis of your professional qualifications and informs them if you are right for the job or not.
The Muse offers some great examples and a few tips for how to create an effective resume summary. First, figure out what you want out of a position. What skills do you most enjoy using? Which of your accomplishments that you're most proud of best illuminate your capabilities?
Once you've determined what you want in a job, analyze your target industry. What skills do employers in the industry value most? Use the job ad to tailor your resume according to each individual employer's wants and use keywords directly from the ad in your summary section.
Finally, condense your skill sets into one compact paragraph of no more than one to two sentences. You can also use bullet points, as the example in The Muse's article does. Make sure that your statement clearly illustrates what you bring to the table and really sells your strongest attributes.