How to write great career summary or profile in resume?

Greetings everyone! I hope you are doing great. Career summary is most important part of your resume. It’s like jingle of an advertisement. If you mute the jingle or even worse, could not synchronise jingle, your product doesn’t sale.

Many people rush into writing their career summary or profile too soon. This hurry, to get first section of resume done can cost you a lot. Goal of career summary or profile is to explain the reader what he can expect from you in case he hires you. It should also explain what kind of role you would like to work in. In order to achieve this goal, you need to write your career history, education and achievement sections first. This helps you keep your best attributes in perspective so that you don’t miss on to important highlights while writing summary.

Secret to writing impressive career summary is to understand what perspective employer is looking for. He is looking for following

  • What are you good at?
  • What are you currently doing?
  • What are your achievements?
  • What is your objective?

In short you need to list down your best feature and then with the support of these ask for what you deserve. One line crisp answer of each question would give you best summary.

We will tackle every question one by one.

  • What are you good at?

For answering this question look at one thing which you have been doing for last few years. If you were studying engineering, you are an engineer. Even if you have spent last 10 years in IT at various positions and now you are a Project Manager, you are a damn good IT professional.

Let’s take an example. Ben spent 8 years of his professional career as sales and marketing person at various positions. His first line of the summary would read “Benat is result-oriented sales and marketing professional with over 8 years experience predominantly in CAD, CAE and PLM field”.

  • What are you currently doing?

After introducing yourself to the reader you should choose to tell what you do right now? According to hiring experts, prospective employer would like to know what you are currently busy with, how long you have been doing it. This gives them fair bit of idea about your capabilities. Look back at your career history and condense your current responsibilities into one sentence.

Let’s continue with the same example. Now Ben is working with a company from past 18 months leading their sales and marketing department. His next line would say, “He is leading newly launched Product Sales Division of XYZ Technologies with the help of 6 team members’ for sales and marketing functions for last 18 months”.

  • What are your achievements?

Now your future employer understands who are you? What are you capable of in very general sense? Now he is interested in reading what you have achieved. Take a dip into your career history, education and certification. Choose either your latest relatively big achievement or some basic certification which is absolute necessity in your profession or a stellar degree. You might ask if, you don’t have any of these, what should you do?

Let’s see, what Ben chose to highlight. He did not have either of the above. So he stuck to his skills. His resume read, “He has specific communication and presentation skills to co-ordinate with internal and external customers and leverages finely-honed interpersonal, negotiation and time management skills to expand business.”

  • What is your objective?

Now the reader has fair amount of idea of, what to expect from you? He is now interested in knowing what do you expect from him? Now there are many people who would argue that this is exactly what you are going to write in objective section. My point is writing separate objective section is relevant only when you are mass circulating your resume. Most of the time, you forward your resume against a specific advertisement which clearly mentions designation/role and its duties and responsibilities. In this case, you need not mention objective explicitly. Instead you can incorporate it into summary and use it to highlight more skills of yours.

Let’s see how Ben uses it? “He is seeking an assignment where experience in Funnel Creation, Branding, Channel management and Team Building can be leveraged to contribute to organizational targets and overall growth”

So, answering these four questions would present your very powerful summary. I hope this helped you. Please leave your comments below.