3 STEPS TO WRITING A CAPTIVATING RESUME SUMMARY STATEMENT THAT'LL LAND YOU A JOB

April 03, 2016


Did you now that employers don't want to read your Resume Object Statement anymore? 

Yep, that's right! They don't want to know about "what YOU want from them" - because let's face it, that is what an objective statement is! It's a series of 3-4 sentences  stating all the things that a candidate wants from the prospective  employer. Which was great a couple of years ago when there were tons of jobs available. But things have changed now - competition is rife in the job market and recruiters are so time-starved that they can only spend a mere 6 seconds reading  your resume before deciding whether or not you've made it to the next phase of the application process. And what they are really looking for when spending those 6 measly seconds skimming your resume is quite simply what it is you can do for them - harsh, I know! But such is the reality of things! 

So, how can you, as a candidate maximize your chances of moving swiftly through the job application process and ultimately securing the job?

Well that's easy! 

You just  need to ditch the self-serving Objective Statement  and swap it for a well-written Summary Statement instead when writing your resume. 

But before you learn HOW to write a summary statement, let's first define what it is.

RESUMES SUMMARY STATEMENT DEFINITION
A Resume Summary Statement is an attention-grabbing statement at the beginning of a Resume that is usually used to help summarize a candidate's skills and experience as well as highlight what  it is they do best whilst cleverly  demonstrating their career highlights in an effort to give the prospective employer a sense of the value they provide as candidates.
It is another version of a Personal Brand Statement in a sense that  it highlights what a candidate does best! But unlike a Brand Statement, it also highlights a candidate's  career highlights thus far so as to demonstrate the value they provided in their previous  roles. 
Simply put, It doesn't just say what a candidate does, it also shows that they also produce results.

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THE 3 STEPS TO WRITING A RESUME SUMMARY STATEMENT
And this is how you can also go about Crafting an attention-grabbing resume summary statement to use for your next job application.

Step 1
Figure out what it is you do best - as in: what are  your super powers in your  line of work? What's your killer skill and that thing that everyone knows you're the go-to-girl (or guy)  if they want it done?!



Step 2
How do you do what you do differently from others? What's so unique about your skill and experience that should make a Hiring Manager hire you? 



Step 3
What have you accomplished thus far by doing what you do differently from others?


EXTRA SUMMARY STATEMENT WRITING TIPS:
1) Make sure that your summary statement is tailored specific to the job post. 
2) Make sure your summary statement contains some of the buzz words or key words used in the job description.
3) Make sure your summary statement is no longer than 5/6 sentences.


Just to give you an idea, here are some of the best Resume Summary Statements to help you write your own.

Summary Statement Example 1:
'An organized, detail-oriented, and conscientious self-starter, able to strategize and prioritize effectively to accomplish multiple tasks an stay calm under pressure.'

Summary Statement Example 2:
'More than 8 years as an avid Class IV-V whitewater rafter, with trips to Nepal, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Mongolia, Chile, and NEW Zealand. Skilled in easily building rapport and developing strong relationships.'


Summary Statement Example 3:
'3 Years experience offering outstanding service to diverse clients, with a life-long passion for holistic healing and a keen interest in beauty products and services that enhance a balanced lifestyle.'

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So there you have it, your guide to writing an impactful Resume Summary Statement!

For more tips on Resume Writing head over HERE!


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