How To Write A Professional Summary Statement for Your Resume
The Professional Summary Statement found at the beginning of your resume focuses your Unique Value Proposition. It should contain 2 or 3 concise statements to draw the reader’s attention on the most important qualities, achievements and abilities you have to offer, and encourage the reader to say, “Hmm, I want to know more about this person” so they will review the rest of your resume. You have about 4-6 seconds to grab their attention. This is the job of the Professional Summary Statement.
Your Professional Summary Statement describes the key competencies that you intend to utilize in your next career or professional position. Your qualifications for potential positions or assignments will be evaluated against the competency requirements for the positions. Review job postings for your position to see what skills are desirable in your field and include these skills, when appropriate, in your Professional Summary Statement.
Begin writing your Professional Summary Statement by answering the following questions about your career:
- What are you best known for professionally?
- What areas are you most skilled at?
- What are you focused on professionally?
- What are you known for?
- What do you want to be acknowledged for?
- What are you passionate about?
- What would co-workers and/or superiors say about you?
- What is the highest compliment you have received in a performance evaluation?
- What have former clients said about how you helped them?
Write out your answers for these questions and then create a 2 – 3 sentence paragraph that describes you in a way that grabs the attention of your potential employer. You may include a “designation” for yourself such as: Leader, Professional, Executive, etc. You may also wish to include a “title for a specific position such as: Project Manager, Director of Human Resources, etc. You do not need to use complete sentences and avid the use of personal pronouns (I, me, my, etc).
Write your Professional Summary Statement after you have finished writing your CAR statements. Look at your accomplishments and ask yourself, “What does this combination of things say that is uniquely special to me?” This is the “nugget” of your Professional Summary Statement. If you can insert someone else’s name in your summary, it is probably not focused enough on YOUR unique value proposition.
An optional element of the Professional Summary Statement is a short statement of additional skills in bullet form below the summary. These ought to be the key words that you have discovered through the Assessment phase of the ARMS process.
Technical people will want to include a section of Technical Expertise (see below).
Professional Summary Statement Examples:
Senior Operations Leader who leads from the front, maintaining a highly visible and accessible presence. Extensive background building and managing national operations and logistics organizations. Demonstrates uncommon focus on developing employees to take initiative, seek challenges, and to be accountable for delivering breakthrough results. Articulate and innovative, with a demonstrated capability to solve complex business problems and create new opportunities. Proven reputation for creating cohesive, success-driven teams. Strategic and visionary leader with superlative communication and analytical skills and unmatched commitment to ensuring ongoing team success.
Results oriented business professional with a successful track record in the areas of: business analysis; cost accounting; financial support to sales & marketing; manufacturing operations; field service operations; implementation and operation of Oracle & SAP.
Proven ability to see the “big picture” and quickly isolate areas for improvement. Strong analytical and problem solving ability combined with a solid understanding of financial concepts and the ability to communicate well with individuals at all levels of the organization.
An organizational leader with demonstrated success producing integrated plans guiding corporate strategy across departmental silos, and experience driving practical solutions aimed at reducing cost and increasing revenue and building customer relationships.
Analysis: Process evaluation and business modeling
Idea Synthesis: Business plan development and system optimization
Customer Advocacy: Creating order and routine from chaos
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