What does a “Summary” do?

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On your resume, what does the heading “Summary” achieve?

Have you ever seen the title “Summary” on someone’s resume?  What does that tell you about what work they do? Nothing! What a lost opportunity to make a first impression. And all because the word “Summary” does nothing to tell the reader what the person does.

Wouldn’t it be better to answer the question “What’s my work?”  Then include that right at the top of your resume. It immediately tells everyone the Work, Vocation, or Professional Field that you’re involved in.

All your collateral in the job search process should match. Your resume, cover letters, business card, and verbal collateral should tell the same story.

Which of these titles brings clarity to your reader about the person they are going to read about?

  • SALES and MARKETING EXECUTIVE
  • PROCESS ENGINEERING
  • CUSTOMER SERVICE PROFESSIONAL
  • CAREER CONSULTING
    or
  • SUMMARY

If you are not sure how to position yourself in terms of your field of work, how can you start to communicate effectively with your network or future employers? If you need help, reach out to a professional career counselor. There is a CPI office near you.

Jim Davidson
Career Partners International

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    Man what an interesting post….

    I saw this good post today and I wanted to link to it….

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