Summary of Qualifications or Professional Highlights
The Summary of Qualifications section on your resume contains three to five brief statements that say why you're the best prospect for
the job you want.
What Goes in Your Summary of Qualifications?
When we say "Summary of Qualifications," we mean "Summary of Qualifications for your job objective." Remember, your resume is
a marketing piece for your next job, not the story of your whole life. So, rather than summing up your entire career in your Summary
of Qualifications, you just need to write about how you qualify for the next step in your career.
In your Summary section, you can write about your experience, credentials, expertise, personal values, work ethic, background, or
anything that qualifies you for the job you're going for. You're free to make claims, drop names, and do your best to entice the reader
to finish reading the resume. Remember, all claims must be substantiated later when you write the body of the resume, so be honest
while giving yourself full credit.
• A good summary conveys your professional niche while highlighting your most important and relevant skills.
• Serves as a roadmap for the rest of your resume. Ensure the rest of your resume supports the summary.
• Length should be no more than 1/5 of the page.
• Beware of generic statements, such as "I am well organized and detail oriented." Employers want to hear your unique voice and
get a sense of your communication skills while reading the summary portion of your resume.
Brainstorm for Good Summary Statements
1. How much experience do you have in this profession, in this field, or using the required skills? Example: Someone
staying in the field of financial management might answer, "I've worked as a financial manager for a mid-sized company for the
last 14 years." Summary Statement: 14 years as the financial manager of a company with current sales of $75 million.
2. How is success measured in the position mentioned in your objective statement? How do you measure up? Example: A
software developer wishing to make a move into technical writing might answer, "Many different users have told me that my
explanations are easy to understand." Summary Statement: Reputation for writing clear and concise explanations for technical
and nontechnical users.
3. What is it about your personality that makes this job a good fit for you? Example: A customer service representative
staying in the same field might answer, "I am very diplomatic, so I get good results." Summary Statement: Outstanding
diplomacy that consistently produces win-win results for customers and company.
4. What personal commitments or passions do you have that would be valued by the employer? Example: Someone
wanting to lead an environmental organization might answer, "I am committed to educating people about industrial waste hazards
that are endangering the environment." Summary Statement: Strong commitment to preserving nature through education about
5. Do you have any technical, linguistic, or artistic talents that would be useful on the job?
Example: Someone applying to be a teacher in a multilingual school might answer, "I can speak Spanish, Italian, and Russian.
"Summary Statement: Multilingual: Spanish/English/Italian/Russian.