For those of you who don’t know, a summary statement (also known as “Summary of Qualifications” or just “Competencies”) essentially consists of a few pithy and strong statements at the beginning of your resume that help summarize your skills and experience in order for a prospective employer to quickly get a sense of the value you could offer. Here’s a sample:
- Expert communicator with 10+ years of experience dedicated to community development and advocacy within the field of education
- Strong public speaking, teaching, and facilitating skills for diverse student, professional, and general audiences
- Extensive involvement in all levels of relationship building, marketing, and program development
- Proven ability to manage multiple projects while meeting challenging deadlines
Step 1: Figure Out Where You’re Going
- What skills do you most enjoy using?
- What accomplishments are you most proud of and can best illustrate your abilities?
- What issues, topics, or areas are you most passionate about?
Step 2: Analyze Your Target Industry
- What is most valued in your target industry?
- What experiences, skills, and characteristics matter in your target jobs?
- What would you look for if you were the hiring manager?
Step 3: Find Your Fit and Condense
- What are your most impactful selling points?
- What critical problems are you well positioned to solve?
- What is the intersection of you want and what your target industry needs?
A summary statement can be a powerful branding tool the helps send the message that you’re the right one for the job. The best thing about taking the time to put one together (whether you decide to actually use it or not) is that it not only helps hiring managers get a clear sense of what you have to offer, but also helps you better understand what you bring to the table. So, you get the added benefit of knowing exactly how to sell your skills the next time you’re networking, interviewing or presenting yourself online.
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