How to write a standout Career Summary

How will you ever set yourself apart from so many excellent candidates? What do you have that they don’t? The answer lays at the top of your resume — your career summary.


Now you only have to convince the hiring manager you are the best choice out of — let’s say — five thousand applicants. It’s finally happened: After scanning hundreds of job listings in the help wanted ads, you’ve found your dream job.

What is a career summary?

Career summaries, on the other hand, subtly reveal the desire for a job while showcasing the best hard and soft skill sets a candidate has to offer. Also called a career objective or professional summary, a career summary replaced the outdated objective statement.

Step 1: Research, research, research

Remember those questions that tickled the back of your brain growing up? They were immediately followed by “Look it up” from your mother or teacher. Conduct research on your ideal job.

Step 2: What do you have to offer?

  • Lead a team in Mexico last year
  • Good communicator
  • Crossed trained in medical sales and accounting
  • Graduated lean training
  • Able to balance budgets and slash workforce costs

Do they match? Do you have something to offer? If so, move forward with the career summary steps; if not, take another look at your abilities. After deciding your five best qualities, compare them to the job description and special skills desired.

Step 3: Translate those skills

The next step is to weave your top credentials into your summary for a resume. Sigma Six lean specialist skilled at balancing budgets, improving efficiency, and decreasing workforce costs, without the need for job cuts.

Step 4: Give it a polished look

Easy-to-navigate styling should be the primary focus, but adding a little professional flare is also welcome. These 5 rules will help guide the design process and make it a little easier to organize:

  • Stay away from colors and images.
  • Don’t use gaudy fonts or designs.
  • Be consistent; use the same format and design throughout the resume.
  • Always use bulleted lists and columns for the “Areas of Expertise”.
  • Use either a bulleted list or justified alignment for the main paragraph text.

Step 5: Proofread, proofread, and proofread some more

Hiring managers, and human resources professionals, spelling and grammatical errors are the number one worst mistake a candidate can make. That means hiring managers will toss any resume with spelling or grammatical errors into the trash because not only is this unprofessional, but it makes you look incompetent and lazy.

With a good CV, your career is unlimited

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