Every job seeker needs to stand out in their search. While there are numerous components that will lead to success, some are erroneously ignored by well-meaning job hunters. One extremely important aspect of any job search is the summary that appears on your resume, yet many spend little time on resume summary. However, if you create a great summary, you’ll set yourself apart from other candidates.
The best summaries will position your skills and qualities in a way that makes it easy for the prospective employer to see your value.
To do so correctly, you must:
1. Determine what skills and qualities your prospective employer wants.
2. Search your background to see where you have demonstrated skills and qualities that would apply.
3. Write a summary at the top of your resume to position yourself.
4. Use the same summary to sell yourself in an interview.
Structure your summary section so that the first words focus on the kind of job you want, such as “Operations Manager.” Line two should say how you’re unique. For example, “Specializing in the medical industry.” These headlines in your summary could then be followed by bulleted accomplishments that would be of interest to your target market.
Remember, your summary should sell your ability, experience, and personality. Never put something generic like “seeking a challenging position at a progressive company.” It will get ignored. Use active voice and don’t be afraid to brag a little. Tell readers the most important things you want them to know about you, and always list your most important accomplishments to instantly capture their attention.
Need help? It all starts with the Seven Stories Exercise, which will help you talk about your accomplishments in an incredibly memorable way. Through this exercise, you’ll write out your work-related stories in a manner that is expressive of you as an individual. From this not only will you be able to create a summary that can’t be ignored, but you’ll be prepared to speak thoughtfully about your accomplishments at any interview.