Resume Career Highlights Section

What to Include in a Resume Career Highlights Section

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A Career Highlights / Qualifications section of a resume is an optional customized section of a resume that lists key achievements, skills, traits, and experience relevant to the position for which you are applying. It is also known as a resume summary.   Those who have a lot of experience in the field they are job searching in can benefit from adding a resume summary.  It is a way to highlight your best skills and encourage the hiring manager to read more.


What to Include 

The Career Highlights section, also known as a Career Summary, Career Profile or Accomplishments section, focuses on your relevant experience and lets the prospective employer know that you have taken the time to create a specific, tailored resume that shows how you are qualified for the job. Read the job posting carefully, and create a summary that reflects the qualifications they are looking for.  If they have a pile of resumes on their desk, you want your summary to catch their attention.

Where to Put it on Your Resume

Typically, the career highlights or resume summary section can be found at the top of a resume. It summarizes a person’s experience and skills most related to the job for which he or she is applying. The objective of this profile is to concisely describe your background and the strengths you look to gain with this new opportunity.

How to List Your Qualifications
Depending on your skill set and previous experience, career highlights can be displayed in a number of ways.

 If you have years of experience in many different fields, you could create a short, bulleted list to organize the different skills you learned along the way. Alternatively, you can write a short paragraph to describe what you can offer the employer.


Resume Summary For Special Educator Position
Master’s degree in Special Education from College of Education, NY.

  Lead teacher in a 3rd-grade inclusion classroom for over 5 years in the Long Valley public school system.  Years of experience creating and implementing Individualized Education Plans (IEP) for students, working with a team of teachers and closely with families to create effective IEPs.  Currently working as an educator at a local camp for students with special needs at the elementary level. 

Resume Summary For Customer Service Manager
Managed a team of 30 employees in a regional call center location for over 3 years.  Provided top-notch customer service for large cable company by helping customers work through accounting, technical and service issues.  Received top ratings on quarterly performance reviews done by regional managers.  Looking for a position where I can work up the managerial ladder; I am always searching for ways to improve and hone my customer service skills and to help those I work with do the same.

Resume Summary For Retail Sales Associate/Stylist
10 years experience working in the retail industry.  Implemented sales strategies and marketing plans to optimize sales and increase returning customer numbers.  Acted as assistant manager of women’s high-end clothing department, working personally with customers as their personal shopper.

  Currently taking courses in clothing design, sales strategies and business management at Fashion Technical College, working towards my degree in fashion design and business management.

Bulleted Resume Summary For Math Teacher Position
Master's Degree from School of Education, NY

  • Secondary Education - Mathematics
  • Curriculum Development - Mathematics

Math Teacher at High Rock Middle School

  • 15 years experience working with 6th through 8th-grade students.
  • Created and implemented math enrichment curriculum for high-achieving students.
  • Held lead math teacher position for 8 years.

Afterschool Math Tutor

  • Assisted elementary and middle school level students with special needs.
  • Worked with families to create math skills strategies to use at home.

Resume Samples With Career Highlights Sections

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