Is Your Resume Summary Boring Employers?

Have you struggled with putting your brand into your resume, writing a profile paragraph that looks great, but is failing to get the attention you deserve? If you’ve spent considerable time (or money) on a lackluster resume that serves up the same information as everyone else’s, it might be time to rewrite your introductory summary to get better results. You’re boring hiring managers if your resume contains an opening paragraph like this:


Accomplished professional with proven experience leading cross-functional teams, managing budgets, increasing revenue, and creating strong customer relationships. Able to work effectively in fast-paced environments, lead teams to successful project delivery, and communicate at all levels of the organization.

The problem with a paragraph like this isn’t the writing itself; it’s the fact this description could apply to almost anyone! What I recommend instead is a tight description that includes a level of achievement, while cutting down on the volume of words, and incorporating an achievement that others cannot claim. Here are some examples taken from leadership resumes:

Logistics Director noted for launching global supply chain that cut expenses by $1M, plus orchestrating consistent supplies across U.S. operations for 19 distribution centers.

Top Producer who outworks the competition to deliver over-goal results of up to 157%--identifying major account needs to secure new business in software, Internet, and e-commerce industries.

Trusted Board Advisor creating revenue opportunities and championing expansion including 10 new Bank of America branches ($800K to $3.3M) generating $90M average annual deposit growth.

My advice? Pull in a prominent accomplishment, wrap some metrics around it, and add industry emphasis. You'll quickly find your new resume summary separates you from the "self-motivated team players" that represent your competition. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

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In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if your co-worker took credit for the work you did...right in front of your colleagues AND boss!

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

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In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if witnessed a hiring manager at your organization making fun of a candidate who they had just interviewed who had autism.

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

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Fortunately, some companies have generous paternity leave policies that give new dads the ability to take time off of work to stay home with their child.

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There are LOTS of questions around resume dos and don'ts. There's so much advice out there that it can be overwhelming to try and figure out what's the correct answer.

During our weekly live Office Hours on YouTube, two of our coaches, Ariella Coombs and J.T. O'Donnell, answer questions live from viewers related to their job search, career success, on the job situations and more.

We complied a simple list of what we find to be the most common questions our coaches get about resumes. We hope you find this helpful.

Let's start with the basics...

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