Jan 30, 2019 - 04:17 PM
A professional summary appears at the top of your resume. It is a space where you summarize your professional background, level of experience, high-profile accomplishments and key hard and soft skills in one to three sentences. A good rule of thumb with a professional summary is to incorporate some of the key skills listed in the job ad (if you have the skills).
Let’s go into greater detail on professional summaries. You would note what you are known for, such as project management or accounting (think along the lines of the job titles you have held). Then, you would include information the industry that you specialize in, such as (for example) logistics, healthcare, or non-profit organizations.
The professional summary can also be a great place to include the number of years you have worked in your field. If you have a degree that may be of interest, you may also want to list it in the professional summary. At times, you may also want to include what type of role you’re seeking in the future.
You’ll find that the professional summary does repeat some of the information already included in your resume. That’s okay. Because it appears at the top of the first page, the professional summary is the one thing a hiring manager will definitely read. As you apply to different jobs, customize your professional summary to match some of the key needs and requirements of the job ad.
The average amount of time an employer or recruiter spends looking at a resume is six seconds. Your professional summary is a great place to make a good first impression. Make sure your summary is commanding and compelling, and again (this can’t be emphasized enough), make sure it speaks to some of the job ad’s key needs and requirements.
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Aug 17, 2018 - 07:56 AM
There are numerous expert resources that can help you write a killer professional summary. Once you've taken the time to study a few articles, it's time to start crafting a strong opening for your resume. Think of this section in marketing terms: It's your chance to pitch yourself as the ideal candidate for the open position.
Your professional summary shouldn't be too long; try to stick to three sentence fragments or bullet points. Focus on the most impressive accomplishments from your career and the top skills you can bring the table. Remember to mention a couple sought-after soft skills along with your technical qualifications. Leave out anything that's not completely relevant to the job you want, and use confident language to make an excellent first impression on the reader.