What is a resume summary?
A resume summary is an optional section you can use at the start of your resume.
They're useful if you want to direct a recruiter's attention to specific
skills or roles you're looking at. Additionally, you can use this section to
highlight achievements that are not already in the rest of your resume.
Do I need a summary?
Summaries are totally optional. In fact, most resumes do not need a summary! Consider this:
Your resume is already meant to be a concise summary of your achievements. There's no need to re-summarize it
in a paragraph form. The key exception to this is if you need to add important information that is not already
in another section on your resume.
For example, if you're looking to completely change your career & role
(e.g. moving from software engineering to marketing), you could use 2-6 lines to direct
a recruiter to the specific roles you are looking for.
I'm a student or recent graduate. Should I include a summary?
Entry-level resumes (e.g. students or recent graduates) should not include a summary.
If you fall into this category, keep in mind that you don't have enough experience to justify including a summary,
and it would serve you better to keep your resume to a maximum one page long.
I'm changing careers. What should I include in my resume summary?
If you're changing careers, you should definitely consider including a summary to help recruiters understand how your
previous experience is relevant to the job you're applying to. Read how to write a career change resume summary
for more examples and guidance.
Resume Summary: Tips To Remember
Your summary will be one of the first things a recruiter will read on your resume. It needs to be as impactful as possible - to do this, make sure you follow these steps:
• No buzzwords: Don't use ineffective buzzwords and cliches like 'team player', 'hard working' or 'self-starter'. These are overused and vague, and reduce the impact of your profile.
• Length: Keep your summary short and concise. This means between 2-6 lines long and no more than 100 words. Anything longer than this and your summary is no longer a 'summary' and is likely overly wordy.
• Accomplishments: Describe your biggest accomplishments (e.g. increased sales, won an award). Use numbers and metrics where you can.
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