Tips on writing a good Resume Summary Statement

Today we’ll be sharing with you tips on how to write a good Resume Summary Statement to impress your next employer.

First, let’s go over the definition of resume summary. A resume summary is a brief statement at the top of your resume that will help you stand out by Catching the reader’s attention immediately, Ensuring a clear understanding of your top selling points at a glance, and Putting emphasis on your career highlights and key strengths in an easy format. In a nutshell, your resume summary statement should highlight your most notable skills, qualifications, achievements, and other distinguishing information as it relates to your current objective.

There are unlimited ways to write, format and design career summary sections. You should pick the style based on how your resume is structured, so that you select a career summary that blends with everything else. Here are four of the most common styles:

  • Headline

  • Paragraph

  • Career Achievements

  • Credentials

See how each one looks:

Headline Format


Recruitment & Staffing | HRIS Technology | Succession Planning

Training & Development | Employee Relations | Benefits & Compensation

Paragraph Format

CAREER PROFILE Human Resources Professional with 10+ years' experience building and leading best-in-class HR organizations for major corporations in the technology industry--Apple, Intel and Microsoft. Expertise includes technical staff and management recruitment, onboarding, training and development, employee relations, performance standards and evaluation metrics, and HRIS technology. Accustomed to working with diverse multinational teams throughout North America, Europe and Asia to leverage human capital to meet challenging business needs. SHRM-SCP, MBA-HR.

Career Achievements Format


  • Achieved 126 percent of staffing goals for company headquarters at less than 50 percent of projected cost.

  • Designed and launched 27 new training programs for hourly teams at 1,250 locations nationwide.

  • Eliminated training gaps in hazmat handling and emergency response, reducing safety incidents 214 percent.

  • Introduced team initiatives that identified performance opportunities and improved productivity 9 percent.

Credentials Format

EXECUTIVE PROFILE Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)22-Year

Career – Bayer, J&J, Pfizer, Merck

Executive MBA – Harvard University | BS in Business – Duke University

On-Air Guest & HR Contributor – CNBC, ABC News, CBS Sunday Morning

Featured HR ContributorTime Magazine, Forbes, HR Magazine

After you review these four different styles, decide which one works best for you and your career… And remember, resume writing is marketing. Think about what you can write in your career summary that will capture the employers' interest, demonstrate that you have the requisite qualifications for each targeted job, and help you get that interview!

Good luck!!

Source: SHRM, BigInterview


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