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.

Need of a resume

Need of a resume

Main purpose of resume is to win an interview. If you get an opportunity for an interview, it works. If it doesn’t, it isn’t an effective resume – forget all efforts you might have put in.

A resume is your advertisement, nothing more and nothing less. Your resume is a great advertisement if it tells prospective employer: “If you hire me, you will get these specific skills and experience sets.” It presents you in the best line. It convinces the employer that you have what it takes to be successful in this position. Your resume is successful only when it is pleasing to the eye that the reader is enticed to pick it up, read it and then call you for an interview.

Also, a resume is required to pass the employer’s screening process (requisite educational level, number years’ experience, etc.), to give basic facts such as companies worked for and contact information. An up-to-date address and a telephone number which will always be answered during business hours.

Resume is also used to establish you as a professional person with high standards and excellent writing skills, based on the fact that the resume is so well done (clear, well-organized, well-written, of the highest professional grades of printing and paper). For persons in the art, advertising, marketing, or writing professions, the resume can serve as a sample of their skills.

One of the most important purposes of resume is to provide professional references, background information and “informational interviews”, a concrete creative way to cultivate the support for your case.

Recently while working for new collaboration, I realised one more reason to have resume. It can be used as a covering piece or addendum to another form of job application, as part of a grant or contract proposal.

Thank you all for spending your valuable time with us. Keep looking this space every Thursday for posts on Resume Preparation.

Top 8 tips to rise above typical Resume Format

Do you think your resume is perfect and you don’t need help creating or updating your resume? If you think there is a scope for improvement you are at right place. Your resume is going to be reviewed by software as well as by hiring managers. These top resume tips is basic guide for  choosing a resume format, selecting a resume font, customizing your resume, using resume keywords, explaining employment gaps, and more tips for writing interview winning resumes.

Choose a Resume Font

Writing a resume in basic readable font is very important for both hiring managers and applicant management systems. Typically, you should use a readable, commonly used book print font such as Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri. You may choose alternative fonts, if you are applying to a position in graphic design or advertising (where resume layout and design might be part of your assessment).

Include All Your Contact Information

It’s important to include all your contact information on your resume so employers can easily get in touch with you. Include your full name, street address, city, state, and zip, home phone number, cell phone number, and email address. Including you LinkedIn profile URL can be a good idea in order to condense you resume.

Add a Profile or Objective

If you include an objective on your resume, it’s important to tailor it to match the job you are applying for. The more specific you are, the better chance you have of being considered for the job you are interested in, or consider using a resume profile, with or without a headline, instead.

Include Resume Keywords

Your resume should include the same keywords that appear in job descriptions. Applicant management systems are programmed to hunt down candidates with these key words.That way, you will increase your chances of your resume matching available positions – and of you being selected for an interview. Also include keywords in your cover letter.

Prioritize Your Resume Content

It’s important to prioritize the content of your resume so that your most important and relevant experience is listed first, with key accomplishments listed at the top of each position. As you compile the information for your resume, prioritize your accomplishments by importance, achievements, and relevance to the job you’re applying for.

Customize Resume for each application

Although it’s cumbersome to customize your resume, it’s worth the effort, particularly when applying for jobs that are a perfect match for your qualifications and experience. The simplest way to target your resume (without rewriting the whole resume) is to include a Summary of Qualifications, a Profile or Career Highlights section at the top of your resume.

Choose the Right Resume Style

There are several basic types of resumes used to apply for job openings. Depending on your personal circumstances, choose a chronological, a functional, combination, or a targeted resume. Take the time to customize your resume – its well worth the effort.

Send Your Resume by Email

It’s important to follow the employer’s instructions on how to submit your cover letter and resume. The employer may want your resume attached to the email message and sent in specific format, typically as a Word document or a PDF.

When applying for employment via email, copy and paste your cover letter into the email message or write your cover letter in the body of an email message.

Prioritize Your Resume Content

The recruiter’s task is to identify the best matches between the vacancy and the candidates. They are not looking to find you the job that is best suited to you. They are looking to find a candidate that is best suited to their vacancy. So you need to prioritize your resume from recruiter’s perspective.

Prioritization of the content of your resume is very important, as your, most important and relevant, experience is listed first, with key accomplishments listed at the top of each position. As you compile the information for your resume, prioritize your accomplishments by importance, achievements, and relevance to the job you’re applying for.

Decide Relevance

How do you decide what’s relevant? You need to assess yourself will the information on your resume help convince the employer that you are a worthwhile candidate to interview for the position they are trying to fill?

Prioritize the Details

Next, prioritize the information you provide in each description. Present what is of greatest interest to your potential employer first. For instance, consider a candidate seeking a job in pre-sales specialist. The resume might reflect experience at a start-up reseller in which 80% of the candidate’s time was spent on the sales, and 20% was spent on technical applications. Priority, in this case has to be determined by relevance to the employer, and hence technical applications should be listed before sales.

While determining your achievements quantify as much information as you can – numbers, dollar signs, and percentages can all help to make your case for getting selected to interview.