Did you know that employers scan your resume for seven seconds and the ONLY section they read is your opening Summary. Surprisingly, there are many job seekers who leave it out. Those who do not start the resume with a Summary fail to immediately inform employers how they qualify for the job. Related: 3 Secrets To A Powerful Resume Summary The Summary essentially is a quick statement located at the top of the resume that gives employers the general gist to why you’re the one for the job and why you’re worth talking to. It can run 3-5 sentences or bullet points long to define what your strengths are and what experience you have to offer that will bring value to the employer. It is your personal branding statement or value proposition that distinguishes you from the hundreds of other candidates applying for the same job. Here are more reasons to why you need to send your resume out with the Executive Summary and how to pull it all together:
Writing a powerful resume summary that stops employers cold and makes them realize you’re the right candidate is quite a challenge. After all, you’re good at what you do, but you’ll need to boil your ROI down to concise statements in this section in order to stand out. Watch: Is A Summary Necessary On A Resume? For most people, writing a summary of qualifications is a such a major task that they look around at other resume examples to get ideas! Here are some insider tips to creating a summary that exemplifies your personal brand in just a few words – making employers take notice:
Writing your resume for the first time in years? Whether you’re aware of it or not, resume trends have changed substantially. In fact, the document you send out WILL compete with custom-designed, focused resumes for other executives. Therefore, you’ll need to ensure your resume is in line with cutting-edge changes in format and style. What's changing in recent years and months? Besides the fact an objective isn’t workable anymore, many resumes now contain a splash of color. Several also have a branding headline, or a metrics- and detail-packed summary that replaces tired, overused phrases.