Resume Summary Examples: How to Write One and Samples You Can Use

A resume summary is not meant to simply summarize things already on your resume. Here's what you should do instead, with examples approved by hiring managers and practical templates and examples you can copy to get you started.

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What is a resume summary?

A resume summary is a short section at the top of your resume. The purpose of a summary is to highlight something that’s relevant to the job you’re applying for but isn’t included elsewhere in your resume, like transferable skills or a context that makes your accomplishments stand out. Despite the name, it isn’t supposed to simply summarize the information already in your resume.

Who needs a resume summary?

A resume summary is completely optional, but it can be beneficial in a number of situations.

People with a lot of experience

It can be a struggle to summarize 15+ years of work experience in a way that’s concise enough not to make a recruiter’s eyes glaze over without leaving out valuable accomplishments. If you have extensive relevant work experience, use your resume summary to distill the key elements. Think of it as the highlights reel of your resume.

People who are changing careers or job titles

If you’re changing careers completely, a resume summary is the best way to briefly contextualize your experience, highlight your transferable skills, and explain why you’re a good fit for the position — especially if those things aren’t obvious from the body of your resume.

The same thing applies if you’re pivoting to a new role within your current industry or career. You don’t want a hiring manager assuming your skills aren’t relevant or that you’re simply applying for every job you can find, so use your summary to demonstrate why that isn’t the case.

For a more detailed guide to resume summaries for career changers, check out How to Write a Resume Summary if You’re Changing Careers.

If the job is looking for something specific

If the job description asks for anything specific or particularly unusual and you fit the bill, emphasize that in your summary. This could be anything from experience with startups (e.g. small knit, cross-functional teams) to specific qualifications (e.g. CFA Level 3).

Do you need a resume summary?

Probably not! Most people don’t need a resume summary. Remember that your resume should already be a succinct summary of your work history and achievements — if yours is self-explanatory or less than a page long, there’s no need to re-summarize it again at the top. Unless you fall into one of the categories discussed above, or your situation is otherwise unique, your resume is probably enough on its own.

If a summary doesn’t add anything to your resume, or is just restating information that’s already included elsewhere, leave it out.

If you’re a student or recent graduate, or otherwise don’t have a lot of work experience, you’re unlikely to need a resume summary.

The same thing applies if your work history is self-explanatory and doesn’t need clarification. A summary doesn’t add anything to your resume simply by existing, so only include one if it’s actually necessary.

How to write a resume summary

Here's a quick step-by-step guide to get you started:

  1. Lead with the job title. If you're applying for a job as a project manager, that's how you should describe yourself, regardless of your past experience.
  2. Describe the scope of your experience, including how many years' experience you have and the size of businesses you've worked for.
  3. Choose a standout accomplishment that's relevant to the job you're applying for.
  4. Include metrics — this moves the line from 'bragging' to 'demonstrable experience.'
  5. Mention 2-3 key skills that match the job description.
  6. Include any specific highlights from your resume that show why you’d be a great fit for the position.
  7. Run your resume through a free resume checker to see how well your summary scores.

Resume summary examples (50+ examples)

Ready to write your own resume summary? To make it easier for you, here are some templates you can follow and examples of what your summary should look like in action. There are a ton of examples in the rest of this page - we'll start with generic templates, then move to templates for each kind of career level, and then examples by job title.

Let's start with an annotated example to help guide you through the rest of the examples.

How to write a resume summary if you are applying for a job

Resume summary templates by career level

Let's first through some generic resume summary templates you can use as a foundation for your own summary. You can apply them to a reume for any job title or industry.

Template 1: Executive Resume Summary

[Executive] with experience leading [industry] businesses [describe size of businesses]. [Describe impactful element of role, with specific numbers]. Proven experience [mention 2-3 skills that are relevant to the job]. [Optional: Describe relevant educational certification/accomplishment, or one significant accomplishment in the format of Action Verb + Accomplishment + Metric].

This is a basic but effective resume summary. It’s short and easy to read, while briefly explaining your background, experience, and what you can bring to the company. This is a good option if you want to emphasize your relevant skills.

Template 2: Conventional Resume Summary

[Job Title] with [X] years' experience [brief description of company; if you worked at big brand names, mention them here] Results include:
• [Describe accomplishment in the format of Action Verb + Accomplishment + Metric]
• [Describe accomplishment in the format of Action Verb + Accomplishment + Metric]
• [Describe accomplishment in the format of Action Verb + Accomplishment + Metric]

This is an alternative way to format your summary. It’s less conversational and more results-focused, which works well if you have a few particularly impressive accomplishments you want to highlight. Here it is in text format:

Resume summary examples by job title

Data Analyst
Resume Summary Example

Data Analyst with five years’ experience organizing, understanding, and interpreting data for 10+ partner companies to ensure strategic business direction. Identified key store attributes to increase traffic and conversion by designing strategies for retailers based on aggression analysis, resulting in a 20% in overall sales lift. Expert in employing both qualitative and quantitative research principles to optimize data acquisition and enhance data analytics processes, acquiring a 15% decrease in timeframe.
For more details, please see our Data Analyst Resume Guide.

Project Manager
Resume Summary Example #1

Senior Project Manager with 20 years’ experience planning, organizing, directing, and controlling over 120 company projects from conception to completion. Supervised and oversaw a team 10 professionals in three global locations (Europe, Asia, and the US), ranging from executives to analysts. Promoted from Project Manager to Senior Project Manager within a year by accomplishing 20+ projects, exceeding expectations and results. Expert in controlling all project aspects, including scopes, schedules, finances, risks, quality, and resources.
For more details, please see our Project Manager Resume Guide.

Resume Summary Example #2

Senior project manager with five years of experience leading feature design and development of enterprise-oriented products. Results include:
• Proposed solution and built team to solve number one cause of customer complaints, and completed project six months ahead of schedule.
• Reduced development costs by 25 percent by creating plan to merge related products into one, more streamlined product.
• Oversaw integration of external technology solution by leading 5 developers and 9 testers from two companies, resulting in an additional $1MM of sales.
For more details, please see our Project Manager Resume Guide.

Business Analyst
Resume Summary Example

Business Analyst with six years experience finding innovative, cost-effective, and efficient solutions to business problems for 3 companies. Improved departmental productivity by 34% by analyzing data on employee performance and recommending initiatives for optimization. Built company dashboard using Tableau that projected company trajectories for three years by comparing present data to the 24-month sales results; dashboard used by C-level executives.
For more details, please see our Business Analyst Resume Guide.

Product Manager
Resume Summary Example #1

Product manager with six years of experience leading feature design and development of consumer-focused products. Results include:
• Proposed solution and led team of 6 to solve number one cause of customer complaints; completed project six months ahead of schedule.
• Conducted 25+ user-testing focus groups leading to 3 new product features in 6 months
• Reduced development costs by 18 percent by creating plan to merge related products into one, more streamlined product.
For more details, please see our Product Manager Resume Guide.

Resume Summary Example #2

Product Manager with ten years’ experience identifying customer needs to set strategies, roadmaps, and feature definitions for products in the IT industry. Successfully integrated an external technology solution by leading 5 developers and 9 testers from two partner companies, acquiring $1M in sales. Promoted within 12 months due to strong performance and organizational impact - ahead of schedule by 12 months
For more details, please see our Product Manager Resume Guide.

Data Engineer
Resume Summary Example

Data Engineer with 10 years of experience building data systems that collect, manage, and convert raw data into usable information, ensuring data accessibility for performance efficiency. Led project that involved building and developing pipelines/infrastructure to migrate company’s transaction data to a more modern system; this reduced expenses by 20% and led to a 5x efficiency gain. Expert in data coding and warehousing, operating and database systems, and data analysis with proficiency in machine learning.
For more details, please see our Data Engineer Resume Guide.

Social Media Manager
Resume Summary Example

Social Media Manager with 20 years’ experience forwarding 30+ companies’ social media and website presence, outreach, and visibility by developing a strategy, producing good content, analyzing usage data, facilitating customer service, and managing projects and campaigns. Proven expertise in increasing website traffic by over 55% through social media platforms, including Twitter, Instagram Tiktok, and Facebook. Recognized for organizing marketing campaigns and advertisements that raised online sales by over 60% in 6 months.
For more details, please see our Social Media Manager Resume Guide.

Scrum Master
Resume Summary Example

Scrum Master with 15 years’ experience leading IT teams to complete accomplish and deliver company projects using Agile project management techniques. Led a team to develop a web scraping program using Python that helped the company download 10,000 company description and stock quotes data, increasing research efficiency by 17%. Expert at all things agile — Scrum, Kanban, Jira — and software development life cycle (SDLC), with expertise training, upskilling and introducing an agile way of work into teams.
For more details, please see our Scrum Master Resume Guide.

Operations Manager
Resume Summary Example

Operations Manager with five years’ experience managing daily overall business activities in the retail sector, producing goods and services for diverse consumers. Maximized process and performance improvement initiatives, helping my last company grow from 20 to 100 employees in just six months, with an ongoing business expansion to a neighboring city. Management recognized for increasing branch sales by 12% in the first year and 44% in the following year.
For more details, please see our Operations Manager Resume Guide.

Software Engineer
Resume Summary Example #1

Software engineering lead with ten years' experience implementing backend systems in C++; led re-architecture of key platform that serves 100,000 requests per month, increasing speed by 20 percent; awarded the prestigious 'Most Impactful' award, given to the top 5 percent of engineers based on total impact to firm; promoted two times in 18 months, six months ahead of schedule.
For more details, please see our Software Engineer Resume Guide.

Resume Summary Example #2

Software Engineer with 15 years’ experience designing and developing tools across different programming languages (Python, JavaScript and PHP) and frameworks (Django, Flask, Laravel and React). Key accomplishments include:
- Spearheaded the launch of a company application 2 months prior to its expected completion date by leading an application team to eradicate 6+ constraints and adhere to the highest quality standards.
- Recognized by the company for upgrading a client’s existing application with 5 other IT professionals, resulting in 35% incremental value for the client.
Acquired a Master’s Degree in Computer Science with advanced level-proficiency in CSS, JavaScript, and Python.
For more details, please see our Software Engineer Resume Guide.

Web Developer
Resume Summary Example

Web Developer with five years’ experience creating and maintaining company websites while constantly measuring and monitoring their performance, capacity, and content. Managed 30+ projects over two years, consistently achieving high quality results, performance, and positive feedback. Architected and developed a user-friendly website with an optimized check-out page that increased user clicks by 27% and customer purchases by 14%. Built production applications and experienced in Ruby, Node.js, Python (Flask), and React JS.
For more details, please see our Web Developer Resume Guide.

Customer Service
Resume Summary Example #1

Customer Service Representative with ten years’ experience working directly with customers to provide assistance and support; proven expertise in handling customer concerns for 50+ clients daily with an overall satisfaction rate of 97% in current position. Consistently awarded the Customer Excellence Award from 2017 to 2021 for achieving the highest number of yearly calls considering meritorious performance. Optimized customer call screening processes leading to a 25% increase in customer satisfaction rate and 14% decrease in complaints.
For more details, please see our Customer Service Resume Guide.

Resume Summary Example #2

Customer Service Manager with ten years’ experience sustaining customer service standards for 4 various companies; expert in managing over 20 to 30 employees in a team. Served as the point of contact for addressing all customer inquiries, acquiring a 34% increase in process efficiency by implementing an innovative communication process for customers, customer service representatives, and supervisors. Two-time Awardee of Customer Leadership and Management Award through excellent team performance for the years 2019 and 2021.
For more details, please see our Customer Service Resume Guide.

Resume Summary Example

Bookkeeping Clerk with 5 years’ experience recording and maintaining financial transactions, including purchases, expenses, sales revenue; posting debits and credits; creating invoices; and managing payroll. Processed 450+ financial account statements annually and collected monies owned after resident leases ended. Audited and balanced accounts for an 800-bed elite student housing property with $4.5M. Utilized Quickbooks, data entry skills, and accounting principles in accomplishing tasks and resolving customer complaints.
For more details, please see our Bookkeeper Resume Guide.

Human Resources (HR)
Resume Summary Example #1

Human Resources Manager with 15 years’ experience in human capital management, talent acquisition, and workforce administration, handling diverse employment processes for small to large companies. Saved over 50% of overall recruiting costs by structuring and implementing standardized policies in hiring and recruitment, compensation structures, benefits, and incentives. Proficient in delivering services in line with EEO, IRS, and labor laws.
For more details, please see our Human Resources (HR) Resume Guide.

Resume Summary Example #2

Ex-Sales Manager transitioning into an HR Manager role after completing HR CIPD Level 5 certificate. Diverse experience creating hiring plans, setting performance objectives and OKRs, conducting interviews and delivering 7-figure projects that create lasting organizational change. Over 5 years of experience managing global teams of 5-20 people and working with C-Suite executives. Promoted three times in 24 months due to strong performance and organizational impact.
For more details, please see our Human Resources (HR) Resume Guide.

Creative Director
Resume Summary Example

Creative Director with five years’ experience working with creative teams handling general marketing, designing, copywriting, and sales for over 100 clients and their advertising goals. Supervised up to 20 graphic designers, directors, and personnel in managing the company’s 1000-unit product line. Acquired the Best Branding and Best Promotional Campaign Awards during the company awarding forum for creating the best campaign that garnered over 1million YouTube views and increased the client’s customers by 37%.
For more details, please see our Creative Director Resume Guide.

Data Scientist
Resume Summary Example

Data Scientist with 15 years’ experience sourcing, managing, and analyzing large amounts of unstructured data to solve key company business problems. Won the Innovation Award at the company for improving the company’s data forecast accuracy by 50% by implementing effective demand forecasting models. Core skills include extrapolating data and providing actionable insights aligned with computer science, modeling and statistics.
For more details, please see our Data Scientist Resume Guide.

Marketing Manager
Resume Summary Example #1

Marketing Manager with ten years’ experience maximizing company profits by five- to ten-folds by employing by developing and executing marketing strategies to meet consumer need and build brand awareness. Mobilized social media and website initiatives and campaign strategies by managing a team of 10 social media marketing professionals, increasing site traffic by 15%. Managed a limited initial 500K marketing company budget, implementing direct and digital marketing strategies that increased company revenue by 60%.
For more details, please see our Marketing Manager Resume Guide.

Resume Summary Example #2

Marketing Executive with ten years' experience working at Fortune 500 companies. Results include:
• Designed, executed, and optimized digital marketing campaign on Google's AdWords for $20B CPG company, yielding 20% ROI improvements
• Analyzed brand's pricing, advertising and distribution data and identified seasonal trends and white space by integrating consumer insights; recommended strategic changes in portfolio and marketing plan to C-suite executives, reversing sales slump (+6.5%)
• Earned MBA from Resume Worded University while working full-time
• Optimized budget allocation of marketing spend of $10MM for technology startup
For more details, please see our Marketing Manager Resume Guide.

Front End Developer
Resume Summary Example

Front-end Developer with 15 years of experience connecting users with company websites through human-centered design, clean programming, and proactive debugging. Overhauled the UI for an internal tool to refund and get reviews from customers, used by 20+ customer support team members; received 200+ reviews in 6 months and improved customer satisfaction by 15%.
For more details, please see our Front End Developer Resume Guide.

Administrative Assistant
Resume Summary Example

Administrative Assistant with five years’ experience accomplishing various clerical tasks for 3 companies; currently manage agendas for the company VP and 5 other directors. Improved efficiency and productivity rating by 15% in all departments in the first month of service by establishing workflow processes in line with daily deliverables. Proven expertise in email and calendar management, planning and organizing, and scheduling. Passed the Certified Administrative Assistant Exam under the National Career Certification Board.
For more details, please see our Administrative Assistant Resume Guide.

Data Entry
Resume Summary Example

Data Entry Specialist with five years’ experience utilizing manual and digital skills to enter texts and numerical data from source documents into databases, spreadsheets, and word processing programs. Implemented regular quality control checks to analyze data and make corrections in real time-, enhanced data entry accuracy by 77%. Achieved $6,500 cost-savings in company expenditures by identifying consolidation opportunities during company bookkeeping.
For more details, please see our Data Entry Resume Guide.

Resume Summary Example

DevOps Engineer with 5 years of experience building, testing, and maintaining infrastructures and tools to allow for the speedy development and release of the software. Key accomplishments include:
- Reduced power and rack utilization by spearheading a software upgrade that improved IT processes.
- Implemented a virtualization technique using OpenVZ/KVM, reducing Physical Nodes from 60 to 6.
- Led a significant migration project of company’s key data science pipelines to the cloud (AWS), saving $50,000 in yearly infrastructure costs.
For more details, please see our DevOps Resume Guide.

Financial Analyst
Resume Summary Example

Financial Analyst with ten years’ experience in financial planning, analysis, and projection for a number of companies and corporations. Forecasted revenues and expenditures to establish cost structure and capital budgeting for over 50 company projects within three years. Managed a $7 million internal project; partnering with the IT Department to analyze and streamline technological costs, reducing spending by 13%. Recognized by senior leadership and promoted for role in increasing division revenue by 17% and team productivity by 24%.
For more details, please see our Financial Analyst Resume Guide.

Executive Assistant
Resume Summary Example #1

Executive Assistant with 10 years’ experience providing high-level administrative support to executives in numerous large companies, including CEOs, COOs, CTOs, and vice presidents. Skilled at coordinating conferences, events, projects, meetings, and travel arrangements, handling 50+ transactions daily. Increased office efficiency by 30% by implementing a standardized filing system for the Vice President’s office. Recognized by senior leadership for role in organizing and running a virtual conference for 250+ attendees during pandemic.
For more details, please see our Executive Assistant Resume Guide.

Resume Summary Example #2

Executive Assistant with 5+ years' experience in customer service and other client-facing roles. Strong leadership experience in both professional and extra-curricular settings. Key achievements include:
• Acted as a gatekeeper for a 25-person department, ensuring all callers felt warmly welcomed and received prompt, accurate answers to queries
• In first two months at ABC Co, cleared out previous 10-month backlog of open cases
• Became go-to staff member for relaying complicated technical information to high-profile clients, earning regular compliments for making complex transactions easy to understand
For more details, please see our Executive Assistant Resume Guide.

Business Development
Resume Summary Example

Business Development Manager with 10 years’ experience driving company business growth and generating revenue through client relations, market research, and growth project management. Acquired recognition for growing the wholesale channel by 20% and gaining new products with the largest wholesaler in the region. Increased overall company sales by 25% and enhanced account tracking by 300+ new/existing clients by establishing an effective CRM system .
For more details, please see our Business Development Resume Guide.

Digital Marketing
Resume Summary Example #1

Digital Marketing Manager with 15+ years’ experience implementing, overseeing, and managing company digital marketing strategies to maximize outreach, exposure, and visibility. Increased company the business page’s audience to 3,000 user views daily, which is 62% higher than last year, generating over 5% increase in bottom-line profitability. Created strategy to attract press, leading to a Top 10 Businesses by TripAdvisor and articles on Forbes and Yahoo Finance. Completed the Squared Online: The Digital Marketing Course by Google and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management major in Marketing.
For more details, please see our Digital Marketing Resume Guide.

Resume Summary Example #2

Digital Marketing Analyst with ten years’ experience analyzing market data through research to initiate effective initiatives and uplift online marketing efforts. Led various digital marketing efforts, including the implementation of an email platform and digital onboarding, saving $1M in total company finances for a year. Recognized for developing an SEO-centered content strategy for the launch of a new company website, increasing outreach and visibility by 40%. Acquired the Google Analytics and SEO certifications and completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing with a Minor in Data Analytics.
For more details, please see our Digital Marketing Resume Guide.

Account Executive
Resume Summary Example

Account Executive with five years’ experience handling and analyzing client accounts, managing relationships and business strategies – proven expertise in working with 120+ clients from diverse industries. Generated annual revenue of $2M by developing a demo strategy for a new product targeting large financial institutions. Awarded the Mobile Award by spearheading a special company project that presented three mobile webinars to steer the operations of Big 6 Agencies.
For more details, please see our Account Executive Resume Guide.

Account Manager
Resume Summary Example #1

Account Manager with two years of experience in sales, marketing and customer service. Contributed to over 50+ accounts, including clients like Volkswagen and Deutsche Bank. Presented marketing strategies to senior management to drive ROI and improve conversion rate. Improved sales efficiency by 25% by redesigning key sales support workflows and introducing standard reporting templates.
For more details, please see our Account Manager Resume Guide.

Resume Summary Example #2

Account Manager with 5 years of experience serves as a liaison between the company and 30+ key customers, building and maintaining strong working relationships by efficiently addressing their needs and concerns. Maintained the target 75% clientele renewal rate with an average renewal length of 2 years through effective networking and client education. Managed a total of 12 accounts from 2021 to 2022, including enterprise customers like ABC Corp, amounting to over $3.5M in annual gross sales.
For more details, please see our Account Manager Resume Guide.

UX Designer
Resume Summary Example

UX Designer with 10 years experience improving user experience through strategy development utilizing UX research and design. Spearheaded application design sessions with 20+ client teams while leading the product and marketing teams to redesign the mobile onboarding process, improving retention and UX by 20%. Certified as a Google UX Design Professional with proficiency in A/B Testing, Adobe Illustrator, Figma, Sketch, Web Design, UX design, Adobe InDesign, CSS, and Front-End Development.
For more details, please see our UX Designer Resume Guide.

Graphic Designer
Resume Summary Example

Graphic Designer with 10 years experience creating visual concepts, including the overall layout and production design for web pages, brochures, logos, books, magazine covers, advertisements, and other communication materials; worked with 80+ clients from small to Fortune 500 companies. Recognized for leading a team for a major company redesign with a $500k budget, completing the requirements 2 months ahead of the deadline while saving the company $70k. Represented the company and was awarded as the Best Illustrator and Best Content for the recently held convention for advertising agencies.
For more details, please see our Graphic Designer Resume Guide.

Sales Manager
Resume Summary Example

Sales Manager with 10 years’ experience directing high-performing sales teams to lead them to generate leads, hit or exceed revenue forecasts, and meet customer needs. Obtained the regional Sales Excellence Award in a pool of 100+ other candidates through excellent company performance of maintaining a 25-40% consistent annual gross increase in sales over three years. Increased the sales of 8 low-performing store items by 14-20% utilizing merchandising techniques that included product placement and visuals.
For more details, please see our Sales Manager Resume Guide.

Product Owner
Resume Summary Example

Product Owner with 10+ years’ experience maximizing product value by defining stories and prioritizing the team backlog to streamline the execution of program priorities. Owned the product roadmap and met 97% of all feature deadlines by identifying and mitigating engineering roadblocks and liaising with product, IT, and sales teams. Collaborated with 20+ Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to establish product technical vision and analyzed tradeoffs between usability and performance needs.
For more details, please see our Product Owner Resume Guide.

Resume Summary Example

Accountant with five years’ experience maintaining, analyzing, and interpreting company financial records with a proven background in handling over $1million expenditures for the entire department. Promoted from an entry-level Junior Accountant to a regular and full-time Accountant position within six months of service for showcasing outstanding skills and expertise. Proficient and adept in financial control, cash flow management, and GAAP standards, and have successfully passed the Certified Public Accountant examination.
For more details, please see our Accountant Resume Guide.

Resume Summary Example

Retail Salesperson with five years’ experience selling products straight to the consumer for six various brands. Managed and pursued overall sales transactions consistently, exceeding monthly commission goals by 10% to 25%. Awarded the Sales Excellence Award of the year three times from 2018 to 2020 by increasing sales volume to 45% in three years. Skilled in answering new customer queries, processing returns and exchange, and assisting in purchase decisions while employing customer service skills.
For more details, please see our Retail Resume Guide.

Python Developer
Resume Summary Example

Certified Python Developer with 5+ years’ experience coding, designing, deploying, and debugging development back-end projects utilizing the Python language. Worked with 20+ clients, identifying their needs/goals to develop web application back-end components. Led development team to design and develop a new product for the company, using Python, Django and Ajax, which led to $40,000 in new revenue in the first six months of launch.
For more details, please see our Python Developer Resume Guide.

Resume Summary Example

Licensed Architect with 20 years’ experience in planning, designing, and overseeing construction projects, renovations, and redevelopments, working with 80+ clients annually for small to large scale work. Provided technical oversight to 17 Junior Architects in designing build processes for 35+ new projects involving a 20 multi-million-dollar engineering design. Delivered project budgets consistently with 98% accuracy of finished costs. Prepared 57 commercial designs as per client guidelines for 20+ clients within a 2-year timeframe.
For more details, please see our Architecture Resume Guide.

Full Stack Developer
Resume Summary Example

Full-stack Developer with 10 years experience working on applications’ server and client sides at Fortune 500 companies, including ABC Corp and XYZ Co. Results include:
• Built a web scraping program in Python, helping the firm download 10k+ company descriptions and stock quotes.
• Co-developed the Forge AR/VR Toolkit, a demo that became the foundation for a new product line
Expert in applications and mobile programming, front- and back-end development, game and UI development, and C++.
For more details, please see our Full Stack Developer Resume Guide.

C-Level and Executive
Resume Summary Example #1

Fortune 500 executive with experience leading technology businesses with annual sales ranging from $10MM to $100MM. Led global teams of 50-100 people. Proven experience spearheading new business lines, streamlining business operations and systematically increasing bottom-lines. [Describe 1-2 of your most significant accomplishments.]
For more details, please see our C-Level and Executive Resume Guide.

Resume Summary Example #2

Marketing Executive with ten years' experience working at Fortune 500 companies. Results include:
• Designed, executed, and optimized digital marketing campaign on Google's AdWords for $20B CPG company, yielding 20% ROI improvements
• Analyzed brand's pricing, advertising and distribution data and identified seasonal trends and white space by integrating consumer insights; recommended strategic changes in portfolio and marketing plan to C-suite executives, reversing sales slump (+6.5%)
• Earned MBA from Resume Worded University while working full-time
• Optimized budget allocation of marketing spend of $10MM for technology startup
For more details, please see our C-Level and Executive Resume Guide.

Sales Associate
Resume Summary Example

Sales Associate with ten years’ experience driving sales for six companies through customer engagement, suggestive selling, and sharing of product knowledge. Provided recommendations for process improvements that impact over 100,000 customers, including competitive analysis, customer data, and process mapping. Obtained the Associate of the Year Award for 2020 and 2021 showcased through outstanding sales performance of 10% to 15% above monthly targets and an average of 98% overall satisfaction rate.
For more details, please see our Sales Associate Resume Guide.

Project Coordinator
Resume Summary Example

Project coordinator with five years of experience leading feature design and development of enterprise-oriented products. Results include:
• Proposed solution and built team to solve number one cause of customer complaints, and completed project six months ahead of schedule.
• Reduced development costs by 25 percent by creating plan to merge related products into one, more streamlined product.
• Oversaw integration of external technology solution by leading 5 developers and 9 testers from two companies, resulting in an additional $1MM of sales.
For more details, please see our Project Coordinator Resume Guide.

Cyber Security
Resume Summary Example

Cyber Security Analyst with a Master’s Degree in Cyber Security and 10+ years’ experience ensuring network and IT infrastructure security through constant monitoring and threat prevention efforts. Accomplished the Network Attack Prevention Project with a Security Engineer, increasing threat visibility by 100% by creating a Splunk dashboard that displayed various attack vectors. Subsequently reduced attack surface to the corporate network by analyzing data to implement an intrusion detection system that has already detected and prevented 600+ attacks.
For more details, please see our Cyber Security Resume Guide.

Supply Chain
Resume Summary Example

Supply Chain Analyst with five years’ experience improving supply chain operations efficiency through data gathering and analysis to meet customer demands. Facilitated $2M excess sales by assisting in developing and optimizing key logistic processes and overall Supply Chain Management (SCM). Further examined and analyzed the company’s material flow parameters, resulting in an 80% reduction in customer orders while improving the planning and scheduling process that increased efficiency of deliveries by 24%.
For more details, please see our Supply Chain Resume Guide.

3D Artist
Resume Summary Example

3D Artist with 10 years’ experience creating three-dimensional models, animation, and visual effects for 300+ creative projects, including films, video games, and advertising campaigns. Core expertise centers around illustrating film assets, texturing objects and designing multiple app icons and menu screens. Designed the main character of the “Professor R” animated movie that was nominated for an Animation Award in a prestigious film award giving-body.
For more details, please see our 3D Artist Resume Guide.

Resume Summary Example

General Nurse with 15 years experience providing quality and holistic nursing care in line with the nursing process. Recommended by 10 administrators, directors of nursing services, head nurses, and colleagues for performing accurate reporting, thorough monitoring of intensive care, emergency, and inpatient services, and comprehensive nursing assessments. Experienced in working with a tertiary-bed hospital with a 300-bed capacity, providing care for 5-6 patients every shift.
For more details, please see our Nursing Resume Guide.

Resume Summary Example

Lawyer with 15 years’ experience advising clients on all aspects of legal proceedings while representing them and their legal rights in criminal and civil cases. Handled and supervised over 35 civil lawsuits yearly with claims ranging from $5,000 to $60,000. Won 93% of all represented cases by presenting sufficient and acceptable facts, precedents, and legal nuances aligned with existing laws. Obtained a Juris Doctor (JD) degree in 2007 and Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in 2004.
For more details, please see our Lawyer Resume Guide.

Quality Engineer
Resume Summary Example

Quality Engineer with 10 years’ experience testing systems and procedures to ensure that they meet technical standards and creating quality and safety documentation. Recognized by the company for lowering product returns by 15%, saving $100k in the annual budget. Accelerated customer response times by creating an efficient system that cut the number of complains by 50%. Worked with over 15 quality assurance and control teams through the years to develop processes, test procedures, and implement systems that ensure the processes fulfill quality and safety standards.
For more details, please see our Quality Engineer Resume Guide.

Event Coordinator
Resume Summary Example

Event Coordinator with 5 years’ experience planning and managing over 150+ events of varying sizes and purposes annually by selecting venues, adhering to client budgets, and arranging onsite vendors. Coordinated and organized wide-ranging events for 20+ Fortune 500 clients, including fundraisers, conferences, and luncheons. Generated and grew company revenue by 53% by sourcing high quality event vendors and securing cost-efficient contracts. Directly supervised a staff of 100+ part-time employees while managing budgets of $75k to $500k for every event.
For more details, please see our Event Coordinator Resume Guide.

Electrical Engineer
Resume Summary Example

Electrical Engineer with 15 years experience designing, developing, and testing, and supervising electrical systems, ensuring their functionality and efficiency. Developed an electronic loop pressure control that allowed for continuous testing, reducing throughput by 40%. Knowledgeable on the dynamics of the electric power industry, including state and federal policies, standards, laws, and regulations.
For more details, please see our Electrical Engineer Resume Guide.

System Administrator
Resume Summary Example

System admininistrator with 10 years’ experience managing, troubleshooting, licensing, and updating hardware and software assets, administering and supporting IT infrastructures for 6 large companies. Key accomplishments include:
• Recognized for developing a program utilized by 200+ employees in the marketing and sales department, reducing specific tasks from 2 hours completion to 30 minutes.
• Spearheaded the end-user upgrade for 100+ PCs to Windows 11.
For more details, please see our System Administrator Resume Guide.

Java Developer
Resume Summary Example

Java Developer with 5 years’ experience designing, developing, and managing 100+ Java-based applications and software. Led a team of 3 to build vendor integration and automatic booking fulfillment modules and develop a framework to integrate vendor APIs with existing Java Spring Backend. Utilized J2EE, Spring, and Java8 to build web services used by a customer-facing application to improve the time on the page for an average user by 2 minutes. Increased incremental annual company revenue by designing and developing APIs that processed streaming data to power customer recommendation engines.
For more details, please see our Java Developer Resume Guide.

Office Manager
Resume Summary Example

Office Manager with 10 years’ experience organizing and streamlining all administrative, financial, and managerial activities that facilitate smooth and efficient office operations. Provided efficient administrative services to colleagues by managing weekly payroll for 100+ employees and supervising a team of 12 clerical professionals. Strengthened company sales by 37% by reoarganizing existing accounting operations and improving/maximizing point of sales system utilization. A Master of Business Administration candidate with a Major in Business Management.
For more details, please see our Office Manager Resume Guide.

Interior Design
Resume Summary Example

Interior Designer with 10 years’ experience working with clients by advising on building interior layout, proposing reconfigurations, and recommending products and surfaces. Accessorized and specified a 4000+ sq.ft. designer showroom while supporting the Vice-President of Design to present a new look and product for the launch event. Decreased company spending by 15% by establishing and maintaining strong relationships with independent suppliers and architects. Obtained a Master’s Degree in Architectural Design and a National Council for Interior Design Qualification certification.
For more details, please see our Interior Design Resume Guide.

Research Assistant
Resume Summary Example

Research Assistant with over three years’ experience helping accomplish research projects by preparing interviews, summarizing study results, and supervising undergraduate students. Increased research quality by over 95% for the entire department by omitting redundant work and abiding by appropriate standard procedures. Assisted 3 research scientists in publishing qualitative and quantitative articles related to social science and medicine. Expert in manipulating data entry software, SPSS, and IBM notes.
For more details, please see our Research Assistant Resume Guide.

Civil Engineer
Resume Summary Example

Civil Engineer with 5 years’ experience working on 12 major and 30+ minor construction projects, including commercial and residential buildings, while working with 20+ clients. Supervised a team of 12 engineers, technicians, and other subtrades to complete a major project with a budget of $2 million. Delivered all projects on average of one week before intended schedules and an average of 7% under budget.
For more details, please see our Civil Engineer Resume Guide.

Legal Assistant
Resume Summary Example

Paralegal with 5 years’ experience assisting Lawyers and other legal professionals prepare for trials or court cases by maintaining and organizing files, conducting legal research, and drafting documents. Performed clerical and substantive legal work by helping 7 attorneys, researching public records, and preparing discover requests and responses. Liaised between clients and attorneys, overseeing litigation efforts across 3 law firms. Obtained Master of Law and Finance and Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degrees while serving as an American Alliance Certified Paralegal.
For more details, please see our Legal Assistant Resume Guide.

Quality Assurance
Resume Summary Example

Quality Assurance Manager with 5 years’ experience maintaining the implementation of quality control regulations for products and employees by analyzing data to improve processes and product quality. Managed 2 company projects within the first three quarters of 2019; leveraged the budget team to manage test bed buildout and maintenance and adopting effective virtualization techniques, which saved the company $100k. Introduced key testing tools to release infrastructure, including Selenium (RC, WebDriver), CodedUi, and Testlab.
For more details, please see our Quality Assurance Resume Guide.

Network Administrator
Resume Summary Example

Network Administrator with 15 years’ experience designing, managing, and maintaining computer networks, handling LAN, WAN, (VPN), network segments, and other data connections. Maintained and monitored 275 computers within an educational LAN environment repair hardware and software on all workstations while managing 350+ users with an active directory. Oversaw WAN from 18 different sites with VPNs, terminal server, and remote desktop throughout New York and implemented 9 site-to-site failover VPNs for geographically diverse locations.
For more details, please see our Network Administrator Resume Guide.

Mechanical Engineer
Resume Summary Example

Mechanical Engineer with ten years’ experience designing and maintaining power-producing machines, industrial processing systems, and equipment/tools; proven expertise in completing over 150 minor to major projects and maintenance activities with outstanding results. Promoted within 14 months, one year ahead of schedule, due to robust performance and track record. Constructed engineering drawings and fixtures consisting of bill of materials, individual components, assembly drawings, and 3D rendering models from Catia V5 following FAA regulations, increasing aviation company revenue by 15%.
For more details, please see our Mechanical Engineer Resume Guide.

Manufacturing Engineer
Resume Summary Example

Manufacturing Engineer with 15 years’ experience designing/producing economically competitive products while developing solutions to production issues. Management recognized for creating a systematic approach to reduce interior damage and expenditures spent on rework, repairs, and scraped items, saving $200k in annual budgets. Improved existing operations processes that decreased workmanship by 60% and productivity by 64%. Certified as a Production Technician in 2017 with proficiency in utilizing MATLAB, Lean Manufacturing, and SAP Products.
For more details, please see our Manufacturing Engineer Resume Guide.

Network Engineer
Resume Summary Example

Network Engineer with five years’ experience building and configuring systems and networks to counter potential vulnerabilities and investigate security intrusions. Improved departmental troubleshooting and monitoring processes for LAN/WAN activities, increasing overall up-time by 27%. Acknowledged for building documentation for processes/infrastructures, reducing 2 onboarding days for recruits. Experienced with planning, designing, installing, analyzing, troubleshooting, and maintaining computer networks with proficiency in Firewalls, Splunk, Network Performance Monitoring, BGP, OSPF, TCP/IP, and Wireshark.
For more details, please see our Network Engineer Resume Guide.

Business Intelligence
Resume Summary Example

Business Intelligence Analyst with 5+ years’ experience handling reviewing business data for 3 various companies, producing finance and market intelligence reports serving as frameworks for decision-making. Utilized regression analysis and business forecasting techniques to handle company data that improved overall process efficiency by 30% and accuracy of estimates by 17%. Spearheaded a change management initiative that improved workflow systems and decreased company coordination time by 23% in a month.
For more details, please see our Business Intelligence Resume Guide.

Resume Summary Example

Node.js Developer with 10 years’ experience developing and writing server-side web application logic or back-end components in JavaScript and connecting applications with other web services. Developed a server-based Node.js tool for customer support team; tool increased work efficiency by 20%. Developed the full-stack development components of a high-profile external web app utilizing BabylonJS and SOLID principles, resulting in 5 bug-free releases deployed within budgets and deadlines.
For more details, please see our Node.js Resume Guide.

SQL Developer
Resume Summary Example

SQL Developer with 10 years’ experience handling all aspects of the design, creation, and maintenance of developing SQL databases while writing applications to interface with them. Performed database defragmentation while optimizing SQL queries, which improved database performance by 64% and loading speed by 70%. Actualized 96% stability, reliability, and performance by optimizing in-application SQL statements and designing user-focused databases. Serves as an Oracle Certified Professional with MySQL 5.7 Database Administrator Certification.
For more details, please see our SQL Developer Resume Guide.

Senior Executive
Resume Summary Example #1

We discussed how senior level hires can use an executive resume summary to emphasize their most impressive and relevant accomplishments. Here are a few examples of how to do it in action.

Resume summary example on an executive's resume

This example serves as a good high-level overview of your experience. There’s an opportunity for you to mention one or two of your most impressive accomplishments and it provides a useful context for the body of your resume. Here it is in text format if you'd like to copy this into your own resume to use as a starting point:

Resume Summary Example #2

Resume summary example on a marketing executive's resume (screenshot)

This example is good because it focuses on concrete data and achievements. Remember, the more quantifiable your achievements are, the more likely they are to land with a hiring manager. Here's the example in text format in case you'd like to use it in your own resume:

Mid-Level Jobseeker
Resume Summary Example #1

If you’re a mid level hire, a resume summary can help set you apart from entry level applicants by highlighting a few notable skills or accomplishments and providing important context.

Resume summary example of mid-level team lead with ten years experience

This example makes the extent of your previous experience clear to a hiring manager. It emphasizes a couple of noteworthy accomplishments that may set you apart from other mid level hires and might otherwise have gotten lost in the body of your resume. If you'd like to use this in your own resume summary, here it is in text format that you can easily copy-and-paste:

Resume Summary Example #2

Resume summary example of mid-level customer service employee, highlighting strong accomplishments

This example briefly provides the context for your resume and hones in on your most impressive achievements. The bullet point format and focus on hard numbers make it easy for a hiring manager to read and quickly digest. Here it is in text format:

Career Changer
Resume Summary Example

A resume summary is particularly important if you’re changing careers. You don’t need to go into detail about why you’re changing careers, but briefly mentioning any relevant training or certifications is a good idea, alongside the transferrable skills you’ll bring to the role. If you're changing careers, make sure to see more summary examples for career changers.

Career changer resume summary example

Resume summary tips

Keep it short

Your resume summary should be 3-6 lines long, or around 100-200 words. Less is more — hiring managers will skim over long chunks of text, so don’t be tempted to go over. The quicker and easier your summary is to read, the more chance it’ll make an impact. If you feel like you need more space to write about yourself, that’s what your cover letter is for.

Tailor your resume summary

Even more so than your resume, you must tailor your summary to each job you apply to. Here are a few ways you can do that:

Mention specific technical skills the job requires. If you’re applying for a job that requires a particular skill or qualification that you have, make sure you highlight that. But keep it specific! If you’re applying for a data science role that requires Python, explain how you’ve used Python in the past. Don’t include every programming or technical skill you have, or it’ll look like you’re using a scattershot approach and may overshadow your actual relevant experience. Doing this will also help you get past the applicant tracking systems, or resume screeners, which scan your resume for specific keywords.

Review the job description. Using specific language from a job description in your resume summary can make you look like a good fit, as long as you don’t overdo it. If a job description mentions leadership, describe the size of the teams you’ve led. If they want someone with entrepreneurial flair, mention a project where you demonstrated initiative. This doesn’t necessarily have to be work-related — personal projects can fit, too, as long as they highlight that specific skill or quality.

Be specific and results-oriented. The more specific you are about your accomplishments, the more impressive they’ll be. Use hard numbers wherever possible. Don’t just write “experienced in managing teams” or “increased revenue.” Quantifiable achievements like “managed teams of 5-20 people” or “drove $100,000 in incremental revenue” are more meaningful.

Avoid buzzwords

Phrases like “hardworking,” “team player,” and “attention to detail” have no place on your resume. Anyone can claim to have excellent communication skills — prove it by mentioning that your email campaign resulted in a 30% increase in repeat customers. Remember: Show, don’t tell.

Write your summary last

The goal of your summary is to provide a brief introduction and context for the body of your resume. Focus on writing your resume first — once you’ve nailed it, it’ll be much easier to fill in the summary section.

People applying for remote jobs

If you’re applying for a fully remote position, it can be helpful to note that in your summary. Specifying that you’re only applying for remote work can weed out positions that are only partially or temporarily remote. And if you have experience with remote work in that past, mentioning some of your remote achievements can demonstrate that you’re just as effective when working from home.