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What is a resume profile summary?

The professional summary is your first opportunity to delve into the popular, “Tell me bigstock--165629591about yourself” interview question.  Give the recruiter a sneak peek at the value that you bring; this will hopefully entice them to call you for an interview.

The purpose of your resume is to articulate the value that you bring.  Your resume is your marketing brochure, you are the product.  Imagine visiting a car dealership to look at buying a car, and the salesperson gives you some pamphlets.  When you read the brochures, you see information about what the company wants.  How does that make you want to buy the car?  Think of your resume in the same light.  You want the employer to hire you.

Your resume is about what YOU BRING, NOT what you want.

What is a professional summary?  It’s a succinctly written paragraph highlighting your skills, as they relate to the position.  With that being said, you must tailor your professional summary for each job posting.  A generic summary simply will not be as effective.

Benefits of a professional summary  

Uses keywords – The paragraph can include keywords, which will increase the probability of you standing out from the crowd is an applicant tracking system is used to scan resumes.

Catches the reader’s attention – Most hiring managers only have time to briefly scan resumes, so a professional summary can quickly show a hiring manager that you meet overhead of office table with copy spacethe job requirements and entice them to continue reading your resume and better yet, call you for an interview.


Links your skills and experiences to the position – If your work experience is not within the same industry as the job posting, but you can articulate a connection, this is the perfect time to highlight your applicable skills to show that you are qualified for the position.

How long should a professional summary be? Three to five well-crafted sentences that tie your skills and experiences with the job posting.

On a resume, where does the professional summary go?  On the first page of your resume, underneath the name header.

What’s the bottom line?  Delete your resume objective. 

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How to get your Resume Noticed

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How to get your Resume Noticed

The job market is competitive, there’s no doubt about that.  Your resume is usually your first chance to make a positive impression on the prospective employer, so taking time to re-write or re-design your resume is worth it.  If you’re unsure or have no time, then hire a certified resume strategist.  Polishing up your resume can make a big impact.  Recruiters are often faced with stacks of resumes to sift through, making yours memorable will help to make you stand out.

Follow the Application Directions
This sounds simple; however, it seems that some do not take the time to actually read the instructions.  For example, if the instructions are to attach your cover letter and resume as one file, then do that.  Failure to follow the application directions speaks volumes and will most likely eliminate you from the process.

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The font that you use does matter.  Select a common and clean font so that it’s readable.  The recommended resume fonts are Ariel, Helvetica, Tacoma and Veranda. Personally, I find that Times New Roman and Calibri lack a modern feel.

White Space
White space is your ally! Don’t clutter up your resume and try to jam everything onto one or two pages.  This is visually overwhelming. Your resume must have white space so that it’s pleasing to the eye and encourages the reader to actually read your resume.

Delete the Resume Objective
It’s not about what you are seeking, it’s about the value that you bring.  Instead, write a profile summary, which is a succinct paragraph summarizing the value that you bring.  Be sure to read the job description so that you match your profile summary with what the employer is actually looking for.

Use Spell and Grammar Check
There cannot be any mistakes. None. Zero. Zilch.

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Delete “Reference Available Upon Request”
If the hiring manager wants your references, then they will ask for them.  Also, your references may not want their contact information available to all.

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Does a Cover Letter Really Matter?


Many people dread writing cover letters, and some are under the mistaken belief that they do not matter.  Think of your cover letter as the front cover of your marketing brochure.  You are the product.  You want to convince the prospective employer to open your brochure (flip the page to your resume) to further explore what you have to offer.


A well-written cover letter ranks you above other applicants and may mean the difference between hearing crickets and getting a call for an interview.  This is an opportunity for you to give context to your resume. To some employer’s the cover letter is one of the most influential pieces of the application.  Errors in your cover letter may mean that they do not flip the page to read your resume.  A cover letter is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your writing and communication skills.

The Don’ts of Cover Letters

  • An effective cover letter is NOT a repeat of your resume.
  • DO NOT write a generic cover letter.
  • DO NOT write about what you are seeking.  It’s not about you, it’s about the value that you will bring.
  • DO NOT use abbreviations, acronyms or informal language.


The Do’s of Cover Letters

  • An effective cover letter IS concisely written and is TAILORED to the job description.
  • Capture the reader’s attention, by highlighting your relevant skills, accomplishments, competencies and the value that you will bring the company.
  • Explain what you can do for the company.
  • A high-quality cover letter is reflective, complete, error-free, and clearly articulate why you are the best candidate for the position.
  • Keep your cover letter to one page.
  • Even if you are applying online, your cover letter should include your name and contact information, as well we the company’s name and address.
  • DO proofread multiple times.  Print it off and read your cover letter out loud to identify syntax errors.  Ask a friend or family member to proofread.