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Professional Resume Summary

The (Professional) Summary section (or sometimes referred to as the "career summary") of a resume is a direct reflection of what you've accomplished in your work history, and also who you are as a person. Here are the steps to follow when creating your summary..



Every potential employer wants to know what you have done, when you did it, and where. They also want to know how you think, and your resume's professional summary is a perfect opportunity to demonstrate this.

*Before you begin writing a professional summary for your resume, think about what separates you from someone else in your line of work. What separates you from other applicants can range from qualifications, to your personality, ability to work well with others, etc. (you can reference free resume examples).

Your resume's professional summary should be compiled of no more than 3 to 5 sentences. It is always important to start off each of these sentences with strong action verbs to define your key strengths or attributes, such as:

Results driven from...
Highly motivated...
Efficient in...
Highly skilled in the areas of...
Highly efficient in the areas of...
Highly effective...
Offering proven track record in the areas of...
Key accomplishments include...
Key strengths include...
Well recognized for...


1.) Your first sentence could start with "Highly efficient in the areas of..." simply followed by an area of expertise you may have or much much experience in.

2.) For the second sentence, you can simply choose another action verb, such as: "Key accomplishments include..." or "Key strengths include..." followed by the key attributes you have that separates you from other applicants.

3.) Your third sentence could be "Well recognized for..." or "Strong ability to..." followed by another key attribute that will make your resume stand out among other applicants.


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