How to Write a Resume Summary Statement

Updated March 4, 2020

A resume is the primary job application document. Therefore, it makes sense to make it look and feel complete from every angle.

And, of course, the resume summary needs to be given a lot of attention, just because your resume begins with the summary statement.

Resume summaries are critical for creating that essential first impression. The “first impression” hype is not overrated. It is real.

While many of us believe that first impressions should never be conclusive, they are in the professional world.

Since a hiring manager will not give you a second chance, the first one is all that you have to make a positive impression. Use this time and space wisely.

How to Write a Resume Summary Statement?

Before you attempt writing a resume summary, make sure that you read the job description in detail. Make notes on what it says.

If it is asking for an organized and dedicated individual make sure that your resume summary reflects that you are both.

While you do not have to use the same words to describe yourself, it is best to pick up keywords to use them in your resume summary.

This makes it easy for hiring managers (and ATSs) to select you as a possible candidate.

Also, your summary should not span more than 4 sentences as you might risk boring the hiring manager with long stories of your eligibility.

Create Quality Content

In the current year, keep away from long, boring resume summaries that do not say much.

Instead, focus on the quality of what you write.

Make sure that your resume summary is in accordance with international standards – while you may not find an exact standard defining how a resume summary is written; you should be able to see what must be written and what can be left out from one.

The content of your resume summary must be target-oriented.

Hiring managers have little or no time on their hands, and they do not want long-winded tales of your accomplishments the second they pick up your resume.

Just mention why you feel that you are suitable for a job and take it from there.

Never forget to mention your most polished skills, especially if they meet the requirements put forth by the employer.

The word “summary” denotes a short paragraph, so make sure that it remains short and does not bore the reader into putting it down and picking up another resume in the hope of reading something more succinct but more informative!

About the Author

Sam Mogul, MBA (ITM & HR), is a passionate career expert with 15 years of experience in writing and reviewing resumes, cover letters, and career-related content. He founded CoverLettersAndResume in 2011 intending to help job seekers in their job search journey. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to Contact Us. Or visit our About Us page.

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