Recruiters don’t tend to spend much time looking at resumes, so getting to the point as quickly as possible is a must. This checklist from Harvard Business Review will help to make your resume’s summary section noteworthy and short.
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The basic idea of a summary is to instantly say what you’re good at and what you’ve done while capturing the reader’s attention. Here’s Harvard Business Review’s checklist for what (and what not) to include:
- Tailor your summary to each job application. Highlight your areas of expertise most relevant to that position.
- Then focus on specific results you’ve achieved in those areas of expertise — how other organisations have improved because of you.
- Note the types of organisations and industries you’ve worked in.
- Include years of experience.
- Avoid generic terms such as results-driven, proven track record,excellent communication skills, team player.
You want to do all that in about 200 words, which can be pretty tough. Head over to Harvard Business Review for some samples to give you a better idea of what works.
Yes, Your Resume Needs a Summary [Harvard Business Review]