How to Write a Resume Summary Statement

Resume Summary /Executive Summary Writing Tips and Examples

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A resume summary statement is a brief list of the highlights of your qualifications. It gives the hiring manager, at a glance, a synopsis of your professional qualifications.

A resume summary is sometimes referred to as an executive summary, especially for upper level positions.

An executive resume summary statement is even more critical for advanced positions since prospective employers will be primarily focusing on the track record of success that candidates have developed in similar roles.

In both cases, be sure to include concrete results of how you have impacted the bottom line and helped to transform departments or organizations.

How to Write a Resume Summary Statement

If you opt to use a resume summary statement, here is information on what to include and the best way to write it. Review these tips on how to write a summary statement plus resume statement examples from Dana Leavy, founder of Aspyre Solutions career coaching in New York:

A summary statement to introduce your resume can quickly and effectively brand yourself to a prospective employer. This is often the first item read, so get to the point: why should a company hire you?

Often a resume objective statement tends to focus more on your own interests as the job seeker, while a "summary" statement communicates what you can bring to the table in the targeted role. Highlight your most relevant strengths, skills, and core competencies that are unique to you as a candidate, versus a trait or skill that's an industry or professional standard (i.e. "multi-tasker" or "team-player").

What to Include in a Resume Summary Statement

The summary statement should be approximately four to six lines and speak to your professional background only. Do not address any outstanding circumstances (employment gaps, change of career, personal experiences, etc.). A cover letter is an expanded version of the statement that will allow for personality to shine through.

Resume Summary Statement Examples

Multi-faceted, efficient, and reliable administrative professional with 10+ years of experience supporting executives, sales, and managers to improve internal operations for small businesses. Proficient in all of the standard office desktop software, CRM applications, and design programs. Diversified skill sets covering administrative support, client relations, writing, human resources and recruiting, account management, and project management. Excellent interpersonal, phone, and digital communication skills.

Seasoned project manager with 5+ years of print project management experience and knowledge of web production obtained from positions in educational publishing and consumer packaging. Creative problem solver who has consistently completed projects on time and within budget. Employed a customer-focused approach which increased repeat business by 15% over the prior cycle. Reduced employee turnover by 35% and retained all top performing staff members.

Hands-on executive officer known for strategic and focused approach, with extensive accolades for limiting risk, creating lean teams, and establishing creative strategies for optimizing internal operations, financial returns, external customer service, and output.

15 years of successful sales management experience within the consumer products industry. Increased sales in the northeast region by 15% during my tenure with Coke through creative vendor partnerships and instituting sales incentives. Hired, trained, and inspired award-winning sales team at P&G which generated profits at 10% above the company average. Conducted customer satisfaction surveys and recommended product enhancements which were later adopted.  

What to Include in a Resume Summary Statement

Notice that in all examples the candidates touched upon a few key elements:

  • Core strengths and skill sets most relevant to their role
  • Past relevant experience with key functions
  • Notable accomplishments that they intend to repeat in the next role

Resume Examples With a Summary

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