In this presentation I’m going to be discussing how to write a profile or summary of skills section for your resume.
- In the past, objectives used to be the norm for resumes. They simply told the employer what type of position the candidate was seeking.
They were typically at the top of your resume and simply told the employer what type of position you were seeking.
They tended to be generic and often focus on what the candidate wanted instead of the skills that could be offered.
Now, employers really want to see what you can offer them through a summary of skills or profile statement.
What is Resume Summary?
A summary is a bulleted list or short paragraph that highlights the skills you can offer an employer.
These skills can include those THAT are transferable as well as those that are industry specific.
Those that are transferable are skills that can be utilized in a variety of settings. I will provide you with a list of transferable skills later on this presentation.
What’s important is that you match the section to the qualifications listed in the job advertisement or to those in the industry make sure you include the characteristics that definitely apply to you and your skill set.
Why is a Summary Important?
I already mentioned that it can tell the employer what you can bring to the position but it also could help the chance of your resume being picked up by an applicant tracking system or 80s.
Since employers receive so many resumes on a daily basis they often use the 80s to screen out potential candidates.
Not only does it tell the employer the skills you can bring to the position, it may help increase the chance of your resume being picked up by an Applicant Tracking System (ATS).
ATS: Computerized program utilized by human resources to weed out applicants based on the quality/keywords on your resume.
Include those keywords in your profile/resume to increase the chances your resume will be read by a hiring manager!
It is a computerized program to weed out applicants based on the quality and keywords on your resume. So what’s important is that you include those keywords in your profile or resume to increase the chances that your resume will be read by hiring manager.
The keywords can be found in the job advertisement or are known tend to be known in the industry.
You can see the resume of Debbie Morgan at the top she has her profile followed by her education and her experiences that qualify her for the position.
As we go in a little bit closer we can see that her profile really stresses her academic background, her language skills and other transferable skills such as problem assessment organizational skills and time management.
Since she is a history major she made sure to include some terms used in her industry.
Here’s the resume of Jonathan Fisher. He has his profile at the top of his resume and it set up a little bit differently.
Here it is in a bulleted format so you can either use a paragraph or bullets to highlight your skills.
Here you can see that he’s a psychology major and he is stressing his confidentiality his ability to be confidential and his crisis management training which is very applicable to the field of psychology.
He also include it in his profile the ability to adapt to multiple working environments and the ability to multitask under pressure which are those transferable skills.
So as I had mentioned previously here is a list of all the transferable skills you could draw from for your resume.
It’s almost like a brief mini assessment. You can choose what skills represent you and your future career goal. It’s important to know the buzzwords in your industry.
So as you saw in the previous resume crisis management and confidentiality are important in the field of psychology.
So it was important for Jonathan to include those on his resume.
Profiles/Summaries are not written in full sentences and do not include personal pronouns (I, me, my).
Use quantification when possible.
- Example: Managed four budgets totaling $100,000
If you have years of experience in a certain field, include it in your profile.
Profiles are not written in full sentences and do not include personal pronouns such as I me or my or they.
Use quantification when you can. You want to do this throughout your resume but highlighting at the top of your resume and your profile would be very important.
Here you can see an example. So an individual managed for budget strolling $100,000.
That’s much more impressive than just saying manage budgets.
You could also use an example of training so trained ten individuals in the past five years. If you also have years of experience in a certain field include it in your profile.