How to Write a Resume Summary Statement With Examples
What's a summary statement and when should you include one on your resume? A resume summary statement is a brief list or few sentences at the top of your resume (after your contact information) that highlights your qualifications for a job. Also known as a summary of qualifications or a resume profile, a summary statement gives the hiring manager, at a glance, a synopsis of your professional qualifications.
When writing a resume summary statement, be sure to include concrete information on how you have added value to companies and helped to transform departments or organizations. This will show the hiring manager that you would be an asset at the company.
Read below for tips on writing a resume summary statement, as well as resume summary statement examples.
Benefits of a Resume Summary Statement
There are a number of benefits to including a summary statement in your resume. The main benefit is that it helps your resume stand out. When hiring managers are reading through dozens, even hundreds, of resumes, they often skim through each and miss information. By beginning with a statement that concisely describes why you are qualified, you are more likely to get a closer look.
However, just writing a resume summary statement does not guarantee that employers will be interested in your resume. You need to make sure your resume summary statement concisely demonstrates why you are an ideal candidate for the specific job and company.
What's an Executive Summary?
A resume summary is sometimes referred to as an executive summary, especially for upper-level positions. An executive resume summary statement is even more critical for advanced positions since prospective employers will be primarily focusing on and comparing the track record of success that candidates have developed in similar roles.
Resume Summary Statement vs. Resume Objective
A resume summary statement is not the same as a resume objective. Both are a few sentences long, and are located at the top of one’s resume. However, a resume objective statement tends to focus more on your own interests as the job seeker – it emphasizes what you are looking for in a job or company.
A resume summary statement, on the other hand, communicates what you can bring to the table in the targeted role. It is a way to “sell yourself” to the employer.
As a general rule, it is better to use a resume summary statement rather than a personal objective since this places the emphasis squarely upon the employer’s needs and then allows you to demonstrate how you as a candidate meet or exceed their requirements.
What to Include in a Resume Summary Statement
This is often the first item read on a resume, so you want to get to the point: why should a company hire you? In about one to four sentences, highlight your most relevant strengths, skillset, and core competencies that are unique to you as a candidate. In particular, demonstrate how you will add value to the company. Have you saved money for a company in the past? Did you streamline an administrative process?
Include skills and experiences that will impress the employer.
Be sure to tailor your resume summary to the specific job listing. Look at the listing, and try to incorporate keywords from the listing in your resume summary. This will help the employer see how you are a good fit for the job.
In a resume summary statement, avoid skills that are commonplace (for example, avoid mentioning Microsoft Office), or overused words (such as "multitasker" or “team player”). Try to use action words to demonstrate your achievements.
The summary statement should be approximately four to six lines and speak to your professional background only. Do not address any outstanding circumstances (employment gaps, change of career, personal experiences, etc.). A cover letter is an expanded version of the statement that will allow your personality to shine through.
In summary, you want to include the following elements in your statement:
- Core strengths and skill sets most relevant to the role
- Past relevant experience with key functions
- Notable accomplishments that you intend to repeat in the next role
Resume Summary Statement Examples
Hands-on executive officer known for strategic and focused approach, with extensive accolades for limiting risk, creating lean teams, and establishing creative strategies for optimizing internal operations, financial returns, external customer service, and output.
Multi-faceted, efficient, and reliable administrative professional with 10+ years of experience supporting executives, sales personnel, and managers to improve internal operations for small businesses.
Proficient in CRM applications and design programs. Diversified skill set covering administrative support, client relations, writing, human resources and recruiting, account management, and project management. Excellent interpersonal, phone, and digital communication skills.
Self-driven, detail-oriented professional leveraging advanced analytical and research talents to excel within an intellectually demanding Paralegal role with an established law firm.
Legal Administration: Utilize Paralegal training and proven research and writing skills to ensure the timely drafting and submission of legal documents. Unparalleled grammatical and editing skills.
Communications / Client Relations: 10 years' experience working directly with clients from diverse socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds to define individual needs, assemble personal histories / career backgrounds, convey project statuses, and formulate strategic presentations. Easily instill trust and confidence in clients stressed by challenging work environments and life events; handle private client data with 100% confidentiality and integrity.
Information Management: Swiftly master and apply business and online technologies and proprietary databases / content management systems. Technical proficiencies include MyCase Legal Practice Management Software, Best Case Bankruptcy Software, and Clio.
Key Strengths: Finely-tuned analytical skills with a dedication to expanding subject knowledge and workplace competencies through continuing research and training; willingly assume extra responsibility to ensure optimal and timely project execution. Type 80 wpm with perfect accuracy.
REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR
15 years of successful sales management experience within the consumer products industry. Lead by example in motivating sales teams to unprecedented YOY gains.
- Increased sales in the northeast region by 15% through creative vendor partnerships and instituting sales incentives.
- Hired, trained, and inspired award-winning sales team, generating profits at 10% above the company average.
- Conducted customer satisfaction surveys and recommended product enhancements which were then adopted by senior management.
Seasoned project manager with 5+ years of print project management experience and knowledge of web production obtained from positions in educational publishing and consumer packaging. Creative problem solver who has consistently completed projects on time and within budget. Employed a customer-focused approach which increased repeat business by 15% over the prior cycle. Reduced employee turnover by 35% and retained all top performing staff members.
Resume Example With a Summary Statement
6647 Run Road
Lake Worth, FL. 33463
Certified Workforce Development Professional with 14 years experience as a Career Specialist. Provide career counseling, coaching, and job seeker services. Identify values, develop possible career paths, and develop strategies for entering a career. Develop individual employment plans, goal setting strategy, and networking skills. Provide job search and resume writing assistance, soft skills vs. hard skills analysis, and instruction on completion of career portfolios. 90% successful employment placement rate. Proficient with database programs including Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server.
Workforce Investment Act Career Specialist
4/20XX - Present
Arbor Education and Training
Boynton Beach, FL
Successful employment placement rate of 90%. Provide career management services to the universal population with a focus on helping customers obtain employment. Duties include a combination of the following: intake, interviewing, eligibility verification, referrals to supportive services, employer services, career coaching, job search and orientation/classroom instruction, and regular follow-up in executing client's individual employment plan. Assess client aptitude, values, interest inventories and training needs in assessing job readiness and preparing client for entry/re-entry into the workforce. Serve as a liaison with instructors, businesses and other client resources. Strong understanding of labor market, vocational systems, One-Stop services and One-Stop referral system.
Project Support Associate Specialist / Team Leader
7/20XX - 4/20XX
Arbor Education and Training
West Palm Beach, FL
Provide training opportunities for students in areas of enhanced educational skills, provide students the opportunity for program improvement and advancement. Perform a variety of business, educational, and community service duties. Effectively communicate, orally and in writing, necessary information and ideas to staff, students and parents. Implement all strategies associated with internal operations. Act as liaison between staff, students, parents, and managers of student services.
Eligibility Career Specialist
2/20XX - 6/20XX
Arbor Education and Training
Lake Worth, FL
Conduct intake interviews and complete screening forms and budgets with customers to determine if they meet financial and life circumstances criteria to be eligible for public assistance services. Provide initial and follow-up support to clients, coordinate the schedule of applicants for eligibility review and the resolution of eligibility issues. Enter and maintain documentation of all related activities in data base system as well as hard copy case file, pull reports on activities and complete a self monitoring review of caseload. Provide customers with referrals to community based partners and agencies and other duties as required.
B.A., Business Administration
Fort Lauderdale College/ Florida Metropolitan University, Fort Lauderdale Florida
A.S., Hotel and Restaurant Management
State University of New York at Delhi, Delhi, New York
Florida Certified Workforce Professional Certified Professional - Job Seeker Services
Dynamic Works Institute, Rockledge, Florida
Citizen Contact Skills
Institute of Government Palm Beach Community College, Lake Worth, Florida
Dealing With Angry People
Institute of Government Palm Beach Community College, Lake Worth, Florida
Dynamic Works Institute - DWI
National Association of Workforce Development Professionals - NAWDP
South Eastern Employment and Training Association - SETA
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If you are applying to graduate school, then you’ll need to write a personal statement as part of the application. Personal statements can be tricky as you do not want to simply repeat what is stated elsewhere in your application, but you also don’t want to turn it into an autobiography. Things like your GPA, accomplishments, awards and a list of courses you have taken do not fit. Your personal statement should be, well, personal. Why do you want to become a teacher? Why do you want to earn your degree at this school?
Before you start outlining your statement, ask yourself a few questions to get an idea of what you’ll need to include. Jot down each of the following questions and leave some space to answer them.
- Who am I?
- Why do I want to be a teacher?
- How should I address my academic record?
- How can my experiences enhance my application?
- Who is my audience?
Now take a few minutes and come up with some answers to these questions. Don’t spend too much time on this step; just write down your general thoughts. Once you do that, you will be ready to dive in and start writing your personal statement.
Your introduction needs to grab the reader’s attention at once. Remember that they are most likely staring at a pile of applications, and yours will be one of many they’ll read in this sitting. You need to be memorable right from the start. Follow this general form for a solid intro.
- HOOK: Grab the admissions officer’s attention with a broad, but strong statement about the teaching profession.
- LINE: Write two to three sentences that develop that idea and narrow it down to focus on you.
- SINKER: Deliver your thesis. This is where you state specifically why you want to study education at their school.
Begin with a short summary of your educational background. Do not turn this into a resume; just briefly give an overview of your studies in both your major (English, math, etc.) and in your education concentration. If you have any inconsistencies in your academic record, this is where you should address them. Do not give excuses, but if there are reasons why you did poorly in an area, state them here.
The second body paragraph is where you get to tell your story. Why do you want to become a teacher? What inspires you about this profession? What type of teacher do you see yourself becoming? How did your student teaching experience inspire you to continue on this path? Anecdotes are best, but don’t get carried away. Keep it concise and to the point.
Once you have explained who you are and what your professional goals will be, the third body paragraph should explain why you think you are a good fit for that particular school. Hopefully you did some research before applying, and you have some concrete reasons for choosing this college. Tell them your reasons, but don’t go overboard with platitudes. They know what awards they have won and where they rank in the U.S. News college rankings. Be honest and explain what attracted you to their program of study and what you hope to get out of it.
In order to ensure the clarity of your work, each body paragraph should be formatted the same. This way the reader will be able to quickly read without losing track of the point. After the first body paragraph, begin each subsequent paragraph with a transition phrase or sentence, and then provide a clear topic sentence. Support that topic sentence with solid evidence. Finally, provide examples to back up that evidence.
Conclusions are hard, and they are hard for a reason. Ideally, you have made your case in the body of your personal statement, so you understandably ask yourself, “What else can I say?” Try one of these strategies:
- Widen the focus a bit and validate your thesis without being redundant.
- Project where you see yourself in 10 years after completing your degree and becoming a successful teacher.
- Reaffirm your passion for your subject area.
However you decide to close, do not fall back to your middle school days and simply restate your case in the conclusion. Take some time to craft a closing that will leave them with an overall positive impression.
The Nuts and Bolts of Academic Writing
It is certainly worth noting a few of the technical aspects of writing your personal statement. Many programs will have specific items they want you to cover in your statement. Be sure you have carefully read and then answered their questions. Use a basic font like Times New Roman or Calibri and either a 10- or 12-point font. Always use 1-inch margins and single space your document. The general suggested length is 500 to 1,000 words. Don’t feel like you have to hit the word limit, but don’t only get halfway there either.
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Steve P. Brady is a teacher and educational career consultant specializing in resumes for teachers.