11+ Resume Summary Examples by Job (Marketing, Sales, More)

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Writing a good resume summary is an art form. But with a little science behind it, you can make sure that you catch the reader's attention. And push to have them continue to read your resume. Using resume summary examples can help.

Resume summaries are increasingly more important. Because HR managers, recruiters, and interviewers are only reading resumes for an average of 7.4 seconds. The Ladders “Eye Scan” survey conducted in 2018 proved that readers of resumes scan the document for important pieces of information. Rather than reading the entire resume.

Your summary is the eye-catching component of your entire resume. It may declare whether the reader finishes your resume.

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Where Does the Resume Summary Go?

The resume summary should be located at the top of your resume. Underneath your professional heading (this is your name and contact information) but above your previous job experience.

Your resume summary can be titled “Accomplishments,” “Qualifications Summary,” or “Summary” as the heading, and below it should be your resume summary.

What Should I Write In the Summary of my Professional Resume?

The ideal resume summary contains 1-3 data points that are key to your experience. And should speak to the job function. And act as a small introduction to what you’re able to do as a professional. Here's the difference between this and what might go inside the bullet points for each of your previous job experiences. You’ll want to focus on what you’re able to do as a career professional. Rather than what impact you had on that specific company (prior experiences).

What should go inside the summary:

  • 1-2 sentences speaking to your experience as a professional working in that job function.
  • 2-4 bullet points regarding career accomplishments in that job function or a similar job function.

Pro fact: CareerBuilder.com performed a study. And found 48% of hiring managers will automatically dismiss a resume (or cover letter) that isn’t customized to the job posting.

What the Best Resume Summary Contains

The best resume summary contains data. It would be best if you considered simple, impactful ways to deliver a strong message. Factual statements can help do that. For example, “Raised 30% of revenue streams on average in each one of my prior jobs.” That would be a great statement for those looking to go into sales.

Use factual statistics and data points. Use these to support the fact that you've had plenty of experience. And bring a strong work ethic to the company.

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Why is the Resume Summary Important

Your resume summary is your hook. It can act as a conductor between you and the reader. And while your resume summary doesn’t exactly guarantee that you’ll land an interview or get an employment offer. It does help to ensure that the professional who is reading your resume  continues to read your resume.

Pro tip: NACE’s Job Outlook Survey performed in 2019 mentioned that the three key skills employers want to see as part of their resume (for experienced professionals or recent graduates) is communication skills (written and verbal), problem-solving skills and the ability to work as part of a team.

For the most part, that’s all we really want. It is for the reader to get slightly caught off guard with a useful piece of information. Information that indicates they should invite you to an interview. Or speak to you over the phone about a particular part of your resume.

Resume Summary vs. Professional Summary

A resume summary and professional summary are the same thing. And if someone is referring to a professional summary it means that they are referring to a resume summary. Other names that you might hear would be the following.

  • Qualification Summary
  • Achievements
  • Resume Summary
  • Professional Summary
  • Career Summary
  • Resume Summary Statement
  • Executive Summary

Resume Summary Examples for Students

Driven student of economics with a high GPA. Ability to execute. Has a passion for the finance industry. Captain of the La Crox team and economics club president.

  • Started an economics club at my university
  • Finished with a GPA for 3.5+
  • Built market analysis software

Resume Summary Examples for Entry-Level Positions

Experience across a wide variety of functional areas, devoted team player who utilizes empathy to help guide decision-making in the workforce. Cares about collaboration and meeting customer expectations.

  • Transitioned from project management to customer service and back, multiple times
  • Played a variety of player/coach roles (helping peers and directing peers)
  • Always come to the table with a strong, positive attitude, ready to work

Resume Summary Examples for Customer Service

A 10+ year veteran in the customer service field. Ability to execute and develop customer service pipelines for a variety of industries (finance, consumer, B2B).

  • Average reduction of customer support calls at employed companies: 33.2%
  • Average customer happiness rating of my customer support: 99.3%
  • Certified customer support agent

Resume Summary Examples for Retail Associates

A retail associate with experience directing store needs, handling customer complaints, managing inventory, working alongside strong peers, and driving store success.

  • Ability to manage a store sales performance
  • Increased customer appreciation (via surveys) on average 5.2% across all previous job experience

Resume Summary Examples for Nurses

RN Certified, 10,000 hours+ hospital floor experience, BSN bachelors degree, ER experience, ICU experience.

  • RN certified nurse with multi-disciplinary unit experience (Cancer Ward, ER, ICU)
  • Radiology technician certified
  • AART certification for radiology

Resume Summary Examples for Software Engineers

Polyglot engineer with 8+ years experience working in multiple industries (finance, healthcare, consumer, b2b). Ability to help coordinate marketing, finance, leadership goals into actionable engineering paths.

  • Reduced technology debt by 15% in each of my prior positions
  • Voted “Top 5” engineers at Company Inc., by previous product managers
  • Agile methodology certified
  • Promoted our product releases through a variety of marketing strategies (PPC, SEO, Direct)

Resume Summary Examples for Art or Creative Directors

Experienced digital creative, passion for well-designed products, multi-disciplinary player/coach, experience in a variety of product types (B2C, B2B, B2B2C).

  • Owned the iOS product at Groupon
  • First to market SMS mobile application at Apple
  • Designed products for over 50+ clients

Resume Summary Examples for Management

Multi-disciplinary leader and player/coach. Experienced digital manager with P&L management experience. Frequently managed a team of 10+ creatives, engineers, other managers.

  • Agile methodology certified
  • Managed $10M+ P&L at Company Inc.
  • Drove 90%+ client retention at Company Inc.
  • Reduced technical debt and increased ROI at Source, Inc.

Resume Summary Examples for Accounting & Finance

Detailed balance sheet owner with experience in many financial scenarios (debt, consolidation, M&A, audit, corporate tax). Comfortable in fast-paced and heavy regulatory environments.

  • Cleared a 2017 corporate audit for Company Inc.
  • Managed a balance sheet of $5M+ revenue for Source Inc.
  • Found over $100,000 in tax-deductible revenue for Company Inc.

Resume Summary Examples for Sales

Dynamic and motivated professional with a proven track record of driving revenue and corporate sales through relationship building. Ability to execute client needs from concept to completion. Agile player/coach with the ability to drive growth in a solo working environment or with a strong team.

  • Drove sales up 30% YoY for Company Inc. between 2016-2018
  • Landed a Fortune 100 client for Source Inc. in 2017
  • Accounted for nearly 48% of YoY revenue at Company Inc. in 2018
  • Created more than 100 outreach campaigns.

Resume Summary Example for Human Resources

Below is one of our resume summary statement examples for Human Resources professionals.

  • Hired and managed more than 200 employees.
  • Provided work benefits guidance and assistance.
  • Handled more than 100 employee conflicts successfully.

Resume Summary Examples for Those With No Prior Work Experience

Highly motivated individual seeking an opportunity to prove my passion for the industry. Fast learner, agile, willing to do anything required to ensure our customers are happy. Excel, MySQL, Google Apps certified.

How to Get the Information for Your Summary

You may have noticed that each one of the examples above contains company information that might be hard to find. For example, knowing that you accounted for a certain percentage of overall sales as a sales executive.

Getting this information isn’t as complicated as you might think. If you ask your current or previous employer for this information, they’ll be happy to provide it.

Here’s how you might want to initiate the conversation with them:

Hi [Person]—

I’m always looking to add to my executive summary in my resume, and periodically I collect information on my performance to add to it. I will love to know if there’s anything in particular that stands out to you regarding my performance and how it’s affected the company. For example, do you know what percentage of sales I accounted for last year?

Thank you so much,
[Your name]

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Strong Sample Bullet Points for Your Resume Summary

If you’re looking to fill out your bullet points and aren’t exactly sure what might be impactful. Here is a list of focus areas to help you through the thought process of finding your own achievements:

  • Concept to execution management
  • Client relationships
  • Partnership development
  • Business development
  • Technology utilization
  • Certifications or accolades
  • Inventory management
  • Team management
  • Store or corporate office management
  • Operations management
  • P&L management
  • Problem solving abilities
  • IT experience
  • Project management abilities
  • Results-driven management style
  • Strategy development

Resume Summary FAQ's

Below are common questions job seekers ask when writing a resume summary.

Should I include my social media links in my resume summary?

No. Only include previous work accomplishments or a statement regarding your desire to advance yourself in your career. Using your accomplishments sometimes gets referred to as a summary of qualifications. And using your desire to advance yourself is referred to as a summary statement.

Should I include what I'm proficient in? Software or other hard skills?

You don't need to. But if you don't have previous work accomplishments, let's say if you're a recent graduate or inexperienced professional. Then you may want to include proficient software or other soft skills that you're adept in. And that might make you stand out as a candidate.

If I'm applying for a job, will my resume summary increase my chances of getting hired as a candidate?

Certainly. Resume readers often spend only 7 seconds reading a resume. Your resume summary, a summary of qualifications, or a summary statement can help your hiring manager get an idea of who you are. And do so very quickly. And move you forward in the interview process.

Should I include client work or service work in my resume summary?

Certainly. Even if you aren't applying to a position in an agency, including your clients in your resume summary can be beneficial. If your clients experienced growth in their services or products due to your work. Then they are just as important as getting employed by a company full-time.

Should I include my strengths as an employee?

Only if you write a resume statement and don't have prior work to reference. In that instance, highlight your strengths, skills, and proficiencies can be very helpful to your employer.

Should I include when I can start in my resume summary?

Including information about when you can start your job is very beneficial to your employer. Your start date should not get included in your resume summary. It is the best fit for your cover letter or job application email. And even if you mention the start date in those assets, your employer may have a different idea in mind.

What about the words expert and spearheading as action verbs for my resume statement?

Action verbs and resume keywords can be very useful. Though the terms expert and spearheading or spearheaded are often overused. No one is truly an expert. And even if you are, that can sound slightly arrogant. Instead, try "mastering" as an alternative.

What makes a great resume summary?

What makes a great resume summary is impactful previous work accomplishments. It would be best if you considering what those might be based on your prior experience. And do so before you write a resume summary.

When writing my resume, should I write this first or after my previous experience?

You should wait to write a resume summary until after you've completed your previous work experience. You'll most likely include bullet points in each previous job that will highlight what you could provide that company. It will make it easier to use that information to roll-up into your summary.

What are some common mistakes when writing a resume summary?

Common mistakes when writing a summary are making it long and making it sound like begging for a job opportunity. Instead, focus on what you can provide to your employer and what makes you stand out as a candidate.

What are some of the best strategies for writing a winning resume summary?

When writing your resume, be sure to set aside some of your best accomplishments. One of your best resume summary strategies entails taking key attributes or your best accomplishments from your previous work experience. And aligning those to accomplishments that your future employer might want to read. This targets and aligns your abilities as a candidate to what the employer might have as a goal for the position.

Why is creating your resume first more important than your resume summary?

Yes, it will save you time. You can wrap up your best accomplishments and make your life a little easier.

Why do people start statements with how many years of experience they have?

This is an older method for creating a resume statement. I would avoid speaking about how many years of experience you have instead of speaking about your accomplishments. And if you think about it from an employer's point of view. Then your years of experience are only relative to what you were able to accomplish. Then, wrapping that up into a career-level perspective is what the summary really provides to the employer. It is one of the best strategies for making a great statement.

How do I ensure what I create is accurate?

Have a friend or colleague look at it. And if they feel it's not precise. Then try to create another statement, doing the same thing. Ask a friend or colleague to review it. Ensure that it properly aligns with your career and background as a professional. And positively highlights you.

How much should I speak to my background in my statement

Very little. Speaking to your background is like speaking about your year's experience. Saying, "I have a background in marketing and digital marketing with 5 years of experience" isn't going to help you very much.

Is there a resume example showing the use of a resume objective or summary statement?

You should be able to find a resume example for the job type you have in our resume sample database here.

What is a resume headline?

It is different from a statement. A resume headline is a quick blurb about yourself, like a slogan. The use of a resume builder can be beneficial for you if you don't know the difference between these.

Should every resume have a summary section?

It should. It would help if you tried to list bullet points of your accomplishments versus a statement, though. You don't have to include each previous job title when you do this. Making it easy for your recruiter or hiring manager to grasp your work history and professional experience quickly.

Should I list transferable skills in this section?

It's better to list relevant experience and accomplishments than, say, interpersonal skills. This will make you stand out to the recruiter or hiring manager and shows more extensive experience than simply listing skills. This is what turns a good resume summary into a great resume summary statement.

Career objective, objective statement, resume summary section, qualifications summary, which one is it?

Yes. There are far too many ways to describe this section. Ideally, all you need to do is list your greatest accomplishments at the top of your resume. Ideally, 3-5 bullet points showing your career accolades, and that's it. Don't worry about what to call it. Don't list each prior job title or job position name. Just list your greatest accomplishments; that's it. It's the way to start a perfect resume from the start.

What's the best career advice you would give to a job seeker when they're building their resume?

Think about what your potential employer wants to see out of the person in this job title. Please go through the company's website and look at its mission. Try to fit within that mission. And then being to think about your resume summary statement. Align yourself with their objectives. Spend a lot of time on this if you really feel like this will be your dream job. Your effort will pay off. And trust in the process, your prospective employer will notice.

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Patrick Algrim is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW), NCDA Certified Career Counselor (CCC), and general career expert. Patrick has completed the NACE Coaching Certification Program (CCP). And has been published as a career expert on Forbes, Glassdoor, American Express, Reader's Digest, LiveCareer, Zety, Yahoo, Recruiter.com, SparkHire, SHRM.org, Process.st, FairyGodBoss, HRCI.org, St. Edwards University, NC State University, IBTimes.com, Thrive Global, TMCnet.com, Work It Daily, Workology, Career Guide, MyPerfectResume, College Career Life, The HR Digest, WorkWise, Career Cast, Elite Staffing, Women in HR, All About Careers, Upstart HR, The Street, Monster, The Ladders, Introvert Whisperer, and many more. Find him on LinkedIn.

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