How to Write a Resume Summary Statement

How to Write a Resume Summary Statement

A summary statement introduces your resume and can quickly and effectively brand yourself to a prospective employer. It helps describe the value you can bring to a would-be employer through your skills and experience. It’s much easier for a hiring manager to find that value in a short resume summary statement than to try piecing it together from a lengthy history of professional experience and education.


It’s Often the First Thing Read so Get to the Point

A strong, well-written summary that’s tailored to the position you’re targeting can spur the hiring manager to read more of your resume. It should be no longer than 50 words. You want to be succinct and straightforward. Why should a company hire you? If you are just entering the workforce; re-entering the workforce after an extended absence; or changing careers, consider using an Objective statement instead. A resume summary statement should capture what you’d already done and the value that you are now selling to the potential employer.


There’s no “I” or “me” in a Resume Summary

Try to avoid using “I, me, my” in your resume summary as this places the focus on the applicant and the goal of the resume is to sell the employer on what you can do for THEM. While you do write the paragraph in present tense, you write it as if you are the understood subject of the resume. This allows the focus to remain on the employer. By telling the reader what you “do” and what you are “known for,” you get the reader thinking about how you can do those things for them. This message should be reinforced throughout the resume as you use skills, experience, achievements and certifications to reinforce your opening summary statement.


What to Include in a Resume Summary Statement

  • Core strengths and skill sets most relevant to the role
  • Past relevant experience with key functions
  • Notable accomplishments that you intend to repeat in the next role


Resume Summary Examples

Marketing Coordinator: Experienced in all aspects of branding and promotion including marketing strategy development, coordination, and execution for business-to-business and consumer clients. Ready to fully leverage expertise and use communication and coordination strengths to facilitate workflow and be a reliable and effect liaison for the creative team.

Project Manager: Seasoned project manager with 5+ years of print project management experience and knowledge of web production obtained from positions in educational publishing and consumer packaging. Creative problem solver who has consistently completed projects on time and within budget. Employed a customer-focused approach which increased repeat business by 15% over the prior cycle. Reduced employee turnover by 35% and retained all top performing staff members.

Digital Marketing Manager: Creative marketing manager with corporate and agency experience managing digital strategies and tactics in diverse markets. Skill set includes strategy development, execution & optimization, quantitative & qualitative research, redesigns, project management and channel management. Understands brands and audiences to build compelling marketing experiences that build rapport, drive business, and support organizational directives.

Administrative Professional: Reliable administrative professional with 10+ years of experience supporting executives, sales, and managers to improve internal operations for small businesses. Proficient in all of the standard office desktop software, CRM applications, and design programs. Diversified skill sets covering administrative support, client relations, writing, human resources and recruiting, account management, and project management.


Marketing Yourself

Today, the responsibility of career management falls on you — the worker — not the employer. You must be effective at communicating your value and marketing yourself. That begins with knowing yourself and understanding what you have to offer, how that fits with the employer’s needs, and how to “sell” your skills and potential. Your resume summary lies at the heart of that effort.

If you need help with writing a tailored resume summary, please email me. I can review your summary and give you additional tips and tricks on the delicate art of selling yourself to employers.


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Alethea Robinson

Founder & Blogger-in-Chief, See Girl Work

Alethea Robinson is a freelance marketing & content writer who provides content strategy, blogging, and writing & editing services for creative agencies and small to medium-sized businesses. In addition to her freelance business, Alethea is also founder and blogger-in-chief at See Girl Work, an online community for creative, entrepreneurial-minded women. Before starting her blog and freelance business, Alethea worked in marketing and communications for over 15 years.


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