When it comes to job search, there’s some misleading language out there. For example, a thank-you note is not primarily for the purpose of saying “thank you” (more below). And in your resume’s summary statement, summarizing your resume isn’t really the point.
What’s a resume summary statement really for?
The point of a summary is to allow the recruiter or hiring manager to almost instantly see that you’re a candidate who deserves further consideration.
Since the first reading of a resume is usually a quick skim taking less than 30 seconds—as little as six seconds, according to one study—you need to focus the reader’s attention on the most compelling facts about you. I call this your unique selling proposition or key selling points. Figure out your key selling points and build your summary around them.
Where can I find out how to write a resume summary statement that gets me interviews?
(And by the way, the most crucial goal of the so-called thank-you note–let’s call it your post-interview communication— is not to say “thank you”–although that’s important too–but to keep yourself at “top of mind” with those busy, distracted decision-makers.
Write a winning resume!
Now that you know the purpose of a resume summary statement, make sure the rest of your resume has what it takes to get you in the door.