What Exactly Is a Summary Statement?

Nancy Anderson
Posted by in Career Advice


If you find yourself hanging onto an objective statement when immersed in resume writing, it's time to make some serious changes. Employers are seeking candidates who provide a summary statement versus an objective statement to fully assess who the candidate is professionally and what he is seeking to fulfill his career. Learn the ins and outs of writing a statement that captures attention right away and engages employers enough to seek out your talents.

The Basics of a Summary Statement

Employers want information about your accomplishments and skills front and center. Make it easy for the hiring manager to spot how you fit into the company's dynamic with a summary statement section that includes your skills and experience relevant to the job. This section should be at the top of your document underneath your contact information or header so employers can scan the most important information quickly. A well-written statement showcases your creativity but also highlights your experience as an expert in the field. Think about what type of information you would include in a 30-second pitch to a new member of your professional network and use this information to market your skills.

The Introductory Sentence Matters

Spend ample time constructing an introductory summary statement that defines who you are as a professional. Think about how you would label yourself as an expert in the field. For example, are you a detail-oriented office professional with more than 10 years of experience? If so, make this information stand out from the start of the statement. Do you have significant awards and honors in your industry? Highlight this information first to show your contributions to the field and within past positions. Your introduction to the statement should capture interest right away.

The Statement Needs Value

Before selecting you as a potential candidate for the job, employers need to see what type of value you can bring to their organization. Showcase how your skills can impact the productivity, prestige and profits of the company right away. For instance, if you have acquired large clients or exceeded impressive sales goals, include this information in your summary statement. Focus your resume writing on how you will not only positively impact the company's growth but also maintain its mission and values. Spend time during your job search researching the primary goals of the company so you can reference this information in your statement.

While the basics of writing a resume change over time and within industries, the need for a clear and concise summary statement remains. Impress hiring managers with your professionalism and creativity with a statement that defines who you are, establishes you as an expert in the field and showcases how you can impact earnings and productivity.


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