4 Reasons why your resume needs a summary
CHICAGO, IL -- 1) The Summary is your elevator pitch. Every job seeker should be armed with one. It's needed on the resume, at the job interview and on the occasion you bump into the right contacts. It's the statement that will convince others to want to talk to you. On the resume, it's the first thing recruiters and hiring managers should see when reviewing your resume because it is placed at the top.
2) A good Summary helps differentiate you from other job candidates. It helps define your skills, experiences and unique offerings. In your Summary, you are able to emphasize specific attributes that are unique to you and make you stand out. 3) The Summary immediately informs employers how you align with their needs. It's not the same as the ancient Objective statement seen in old resumes. You are not writing about your goals you're writing about what you have to offer the employer and what you can bring to the table that will align with their specific needs. Review the job posting carefully, and get clear on what you need to focus on to tailor your message.
4) Other tips. To get started on your Summary, think about questions like: How would you describe yourself in a sentence? How would others describe you? What's one thing the hiring manager should know about you? What differentiates you from others? What relevant skills do you have? What are your relevant accomplishments?