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Resume Summary

A Resume SUMMARY is…

A professional statement that describes your relevant experience, skills, and achievements. It’s purpose is to explain your qualifications in 3-5 sentences to persuade hiring managers to read your whole resume.

Your summary should be located at the top of your resume, right after your contact information.

Examples of Resume Summaries:

  • Detail-oriented Civil Engineer and PE with 1 year of experience and a zest for solving complex problems. Seeking to use proven project management and design skills to improve quality, cost and time metrics for NEP Engineering.
  • Dynamic and creative software developer with over 2 years of experience in producing robust code for a high-volume company. Eager to support the development team at CDE Inc. with top-notch coding skills. In previous roles, doubled code-efficiency of ABC Inc., and increased customer retention by 30% among others.
  • Influential public relations professional with over 2 years of experience in designing and implementing market strategies for a non-profit organization. Seeking to use proven content creation and creative ideas to launch effective and engaging communications for T.H.I.N.K Coffee.
  • Bilingual nursing student with 2 years of clinical experience in pediatrics, trauma, and acute care. Participated in hours of clinicals to strengthen medication administration, assessments, and patient education. Proven skills in leadership and team management.
  • Motivated college student experienced in serving others. Has proven customer services, organization, and communication skills. Familiar with best practices for serving and willing to learn. 
  • Driven freshman college student with experience in customer service and social media. Can work well individually or in a group setting. Proficient in Microsoft programs. Demonstrated aptitude to learn quickly on the job.

Why should you use a resume summary vs. an objective statement?

The traditional objective statement has become outdated because it takes up space without offering anything valuable to the resume, whereas a resume summary is geared toward the employer’s needs and highlights notable skills and accomplishments related to the job. Click here for an example of a resume with a professional summary.

Remember that you want your resume to have…

  • Content: name, contact information (NO ADDRESS; only phone and email), summary, education, skills, experience, and activities/achievements (if applicable), NO REFERENCES attached
  • Readability: concise and consistent format
  • A professional summary: Does your summary adhere to the purpose? Does it explain your qualifications?
  • Your summary should standout: Does it have a “WOW” factor? Is it more than just generic?
  • Have your resume reviewed: Click here to schedule an appointment with a Career Services staff member to review your resume prior to applying for jobs.