How to write a professional summary in your resume
When writing your resume, the goal is to find a new job that matches with your ambitions. This often results in a resume that is written from the perspective of your own career goals and not the value that you can add to the employer. In this article we will give some insights on how to write an optimized resume.
Goal orientated vs employer orientated
If you want to be successful in finding your dream job, it is crucial to write your resume for the recruiter or hiring manager that will be reviewing it. Most resumes that we come across have a section called ‘objective’ or ‘summary’ at the top of their resume, which is a great addition when done correctly. Let’s say you have the following text in your resume:
“My goal is to obtain a position as senior project manager in a large and dynamic corporate company.”
What does this tell the hiring manager or recruiter? This is information that he or she already knows, as you are most probably applying for a role as project manager (why state it as a goal otherwise). Moreover, it focuses on what you want and not what you can offer the company you are applying at. So, a better approach would be to focus on your skills, motives and experience. Tell the reader why you are qualified for the job. Finding a job has some similarities with sales. Your resume is the most powerful tool you have, so make sure it resembles the best version of yourself. To come back to our previous example, this is how it could look like:
“Senior project manager with a master’s in international management and 8+ years of experience in a high demanding and international environment. Due to my background in business skills, management, budgeting and analysis, I have brought several large IT transformation projects to a success with a high Return of Investment.”
As you can see in this brief example, there is more focus on the skills, background and achievements of the candidate. It emphasizes the candidate’s key strengths, focusses on his unique selling points and makes sure that the hiring manager or recruiter sees the added value of his experience. In the end, convincing the decision makers within the organization that you are of added value is the most important goal of your resume.
However, you should be careful to not add too much information. When it comes to work people tend to state that they can do almost anything. Don’t fool yourself. Every recruiter and hiring manager know that’s not the case. Besides that, it is also not something they are actively looking for. They want you to be able to do what they expect from someone in your role. So, focus on the skills you master, tell them about the things you have done and what you are currently working on. But don’t put things into your summary that do not resemble you.