What is a Resume Summary?
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What is a Resume Summary?

Due to the large volume of resumes received in response to job advertisements, employers may spend only 30-60 seconds reviewing each resume.  A resume summary is a tool to help you get past the initial screening and impress the employer in the early stage of their hiring decision.

Located at the top of your resume, the summary is the starting point for employers when reading your resume.  If the resume summary impresses the employer, he or she will read further to find out more about you.  A resume summary can help an employer quickly see how you are a good fit for the position and the company.

The resume summary gives you an opportunity to directly respond to the requirements of the job, as outlined in a job advertisement.  Be sure to respond to as many of the qualifications and job responsibilities as possible.

What Does a Resume Summary Look Like?

  • A resume summary should be list of 3 to 5 statements in length and transition from hard/technical skills to soft skills.
  • You can write the resume summary in either paragraph or bulleted-point style, but remember that bullets are quicker and easier to read than full sentences. 

What to Include in Your Resume Summary:

  • Number of years experience, relevant to the job. "Over 5 years’ of experience in administrative roles within manufacturing environments.”
  • Education and training, relevant to the job. “Current certification in CPR and First Aid.”
  • Proficiency level with computers – be specific with software and versions. “Strong in Microsoft Office 2007 applications, including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.”
  • Technical Skills that apply directly to the job. “Hands-on experience with the set-up and operations of machinery including lathes, surface grinders and drill presses.”
  • Other skills that would be an asset to their company. “Effectively collaborated with HR team and senior executives to identify cost savings and streamline reporting systems.”