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5 Ways to Rock Your Resume Today (Part 2)

Welcome to part 2. Today we will discuss what sections your resume should include. Your resume should include an executive summary, a core competencies section, a professional experience section, and an education section. In today’s post we will explore the executive summary.

In a nutshell, executive summaries are 3-5 lines at the top of your resume that explain why you’re the best possible candidate for the job.

Writing an Effective Executive Summary

Read the job description to discover what skills are most important to the employer. Once you have done that, go through your resume and see if you have those skills. For example if the position requires leadership abilities, do you have experience managing others? if the position requires exceptional communication skills, do you have experience delivering training or presentations?

Make sure that your executive summary is specific to you. Ask yourself, “Can this summary describe anyone?” If the answer to that question is, yes, then you need to revise. Avoid general statements like the following:

Highly motivated team player with exceptional customer service skills and strong work ethic.

That sentence could describe a million job applicants. You want to emphasize the skills and experiences that only you possess.

A Guideline for Writing Your Executive Summary

Sentence 1 - The Pitch: Summarize yourself in a sentence (e.g., “Senior-Level instructor and administrative manager, enhancing training through leadership and program development.”)

Sentences 2-3 – The Skills: Emphasize the most relevant skills, which you have gleaned from reading the job description (e.g. “More than 10 years’ experience in training and administrative management. Extensive background in planning and implementing projects and classes. Talent for developing young leaders.”)

Sentences 4-5 – The Fit: Highlight soft skills and any other impressive qualifications (e.g., “Persuasive communication and negotiation skills, leading to productive relationships with executives and colleagues. Continuous selection for positions of higher responsibility.”)

A Word About Objective Statements

I’m often surprised at how often clients ask me if they need some sort of objective statement at the top of their resumes. No, you do not need an objective statement. You don’t need to tell the hiring manager or recruiter that you’re looking for a job. They already know that. You also want the statement at the top of your resume to focus on how you can benefit the company and not on what they can do for you.

Come back tomorrow to learn about Core Competencies.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed or if you just want a professional to write your resume for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to schedule your free resume strategy session with me.