When you read through your career summary, tell me – can you be mistaken for another person or does it ring so true to “who you are” that there is no way possible an employer could mistake you for anyone else? Many job seekers fail to see the value in communicating their individuality on their resumes.
Writing laser-focused statements that speak to your brand and the asset you can be to the organization will generate much higher resume response rates. How do you write a precise career summary while avoiding generalities and vague “fluffy” statements that tend to find their way in to so many resumes these days? I’m going to provide you with some tips on how to write a powerful professional career summary for your resume.
Summarize – but with FACTS and FIGURES
The best career summaries are just that….summaries. They condense years of experience into 3-5 meaningful and loaded sentences that speak to your brand, experience and value proposition. Think about your most notable career achievements and how they relate to the position you’re applying to – then write a statement that highlights that but use facts and figures. These facts and figures are what distinguish you from other applicants.
Be Relevant and Focused
Powerful career summaries are targeted to the position you’re interested in. Include the job title to the position you’re applying to within the first sentence of your career summary. Additionally, follow that introductory sentence with 2-3 sentences that support how you can be an asset to the organization and meet their needs. Put some thought into what the company’s needs are for that specific position and then include how you can meet them in your summary.
Use the Right Keywords
Use keywords in the sentences to show your key areas of expertise and how they match to the requirements of the position. Create variety in your sentence structure to keep the reader’s attention and encourage them to continue reading the resume. Using keywords in your career summary will also help position you as a subject matter expert and substantiate your value to the organization.
Writing an appealing career summary is important to the overall success of your resume and its response rate. If you want the hiring manager to read the rest of the resume you need to invest a significant amount of time and attention into this summary especially since the hiring manager will only spend about 6-10 seconds with their initial resume scan. Usually the career summary receives the bulk of the initial scan and can make or break the hiring manager’s decision to read the remainder of the resume.
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