How to write a good career summary in a resume ?

BY Saravanan Jul 26, 2018


How to write a good career summary in a resume ?

A career summary is the first and important section, which catches the attention of the hiring manager or recruitment executive. Because, it creates the powerful impact since it defines the career objective, conveying the experience, skills and training. Since most of the recruitment managers don’t have the time to read the entire resume as they feel it could waste their time. So in order to avoid reading the contents of the resume, they often read the career summary to determine whether or not to go further.  So a powerful and impactful introductory paragraph containing the skills and accomplishments will speak on behalf of the candidates.

Here are some important steps which can help the candidate to create a good summary.

Improve presentation skills

The candidate should try to conduct research on the ideal job, and try to target their profiles to the needs of the recruitment manager or the employers. If the candidate has the identical profile matching with the skills of the employer then there is more possibility of getting noticed and called for an interview. Candidates can practice by searching jobs which are ideal for their position. They can compare ads and write a list of common job requirements and preferred qualifications along with the proven experience.

Assessing credentials

After completing the job search results write the career summary. If the candidate finds any areas which is lacking, it is better to give the summary to their colleagues, mentors and friendly managers. After collecting their good suggestions, candidates should rewrite their summaries.

Highlight the important ones

Top credentials must be presented to the summary. These must be written in a crafty method, so that they could be attractive to a hiring manager or recruitment executive, who could be tempted to call for an interview. Besides, it must not just highlight the career accomplishment but also the dedication. It should also include how the candidate solved their problems or how will the employer gain by hiring the candidate.

Good title

A proper and eye catchy title for a career summary hooks and compels the recruitment manager. It shouldn’t be more than 4 words or a catchy slogan. Most of the recruitment managers expect the decent titles and often compare the title to the personality of the candidate. Any bad or tricky title could trigger negative responses which could make the recruiting manager to avoid the candidate for an interview.

Focus on career growth

Apart from exhibiting the abilities and experience of a candidate, most of the hiring candidates expect ‘what is the career goal of the candidate ?’ . They feel that a good candidate must have a strong inclination towards higher goals in the professional career.

Rewrite and proofread

Grammatical errors can greatly spoil a good career summary. Hiring managers mostly read the career summary, any small mistakes in the information, which are overlooked, could kill the career prospects. Apart from this, use white space and bullet points to cut short long description. Because, these will create and emphasize what the candidate desires to attract the hiring manager. Use bold,  italics, underlines, where ever necessary to emphasize key words or skills. But never overuse this technique, since it could discomfort the reader since too many elements in bold or underlines, disturb the overall structure of the summary.  It is better to use a bigger point font for headings and smaller for subheadings. This can help to direct attention of the hiring manager to focus on the certain areas of the summary. Finally, Spell check, spell check, spell check as many time as possible, because every hiring manager have a bundle of incidences about the resume discarded or not selected just because they were grammatically wrong.




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