Are Resume summaries necessary

Are Resume summaries necessary?

Yes your resume needs a summary. In three to five sentences, explain what you’re best at, most interested in, and how you can provide value to a potential employer.

In a resume, this is called your professional summary.

Tailor your summary to each job application. Make a list of the three or four most vital responsibilities of each posting and then accentuate those in your summary.


This promptly tells the hiring manager that you’ve solved the same types of difficulty he’s dealing with. And it’s worth his time to keep reading and then interview you.


Unless you’ve followed a much uncomplicated career path, it’s not always clear by job titles alone what you might be targeting. And when you have

approximately 6 seconds to convey your message, it’s not a good idea to leave it to the recruiter to put the pieces together and figure it out as they’re scanning through.


This is another reason the summary statement is so important – it tells your audience what you’re qualified for and targeting before they even get to the experience section.