Many of our career coaches advocate for a “summary” or “profile” at the top of your resume. This is where the person reading your resume is going to get the most pertinent information about you and decide if he/she should continue reading. However, sometimes the most difficult part of writing a summary is getting started.
A recent blog post from Idealist suggests a handy formula that might help you get things going:
[Adjective] [noun] with [number] years of experience in [special skill], a proven ability to [relevant, measurable skills], and a strong background in [relevant contexts in which you have worked], seeks a position as [relevant objective].
But remember, this is merely a sample formula. You should edit yours so it sounds like your voice and fits your specific skills and experience. A good summary/profile is:
- Written with the audience in mind
- A succinct and interesting roundup of your capabilities and accomplishments
- Focused on the kind of work you are looking for
After you’ve tried these tips, submit your resume to our Resume Review Service to have it reviewed by one of our career coaches!