Top Resume Tips: Professional Summaries

Professional Summaries:

Research shows that hiring managers typically spend less than one minute skimming over a resume and many companies are utilizing computerized applicant tracking systems these days to scan resumes before they even make it to a set of human eyes. Does your resume highlight your skills and accomplishments, demonstrate if you are a good fit for the position you’re applying to, flow well, and is streamlined and visually appealing? In this three-part blog series, we will offer a quick resume checklist to help make your resume stand out and get you in the door for an interview! Here are a few important tips for professional summaries:

  1. Just like a newspaper, where the first page, above the fold contains the most important information, the top third of the first page on your resume should contain the most significant information to make you stand out.
  2. Your professional summary should include a short paragraph demonstrating what makes you the best of the best in your field.
  3. Also include a header and list of key skills that you can tailor to each position.
  4. Ensure this information is well-constructed and truly captures your readers’ attention.
  5. Include as many industry keywords throughout this section to match your resume to the type of job you’re applying to.
Check back over the next two months for Part Two: Accomplishment Statements and Part Three: Overall Formatting of Your Resume.


Note: This blog post only touches on certain aspects of this topic and is not a comprehensive list. This blog post is an educational and informational resource for job seekers and is not a substitute for working with a resume writer or other professional. See our Terms and Conditions for additional information.


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