11+ Resume Summary Examples By Job (Marketing, Sales, Student)

Writing a good resume summary is an art form. But with a little science behind it, you can make sure that you catch the readers attention and push to have them continue to read your resume.

Resume summaries are increasingly more important because of the fact that HR managers, recruiters, interviewers and professionals of all kinds are only reading resumes for an average of 7.4 seconds. The Ladders “Eye Scan” survey conducted in 2018 proved that most readers of resumes simply scan the document for important pieces of information vs. read the entire resume.

Your summary is the eye-catching component to your entire resume. It may declare whether or not 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 Resume?

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

What should go inside the summary:

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

What The Best Resume Summary Contains

The best resume summary contains data. It’s important that you consider 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” would be a great statement for those looking to go into sales.

Use factual statistics and data points to support the fact that you have plenty of experience and bring a strong work ethic to the table.

Why Is The Resume Summary Important

Your resume summary is your hook. It can act as a conductor between you and the reader. 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. For the reader to get slightly caught off guard with a useful piece of 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. If someone is referring to a professional summary it means that they are referring to a resume summary (the one we’re speaking about in this guide). Other names that you might hear would be:

Summary Example For Students

Driven student of economics with a high GPA, ability to execute, passion of the finance industry, captain of the La Crox team and economics club president.

Summary Example 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.

Summary Example 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).

Summary Example For Retail Associates

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

Summary Example For Nurses

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

Summary Example 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.

Summary Example 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).

Summary Example 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.

Summary Example 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.

Summary Example 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.

Summary Example 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 Data For Your Summary

If you’re building your personalized resume summary, you may have noticed that in each one of the examples above they contain 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 would love to know if there’s anything in particular that stands out to you in terms of my performance and how it’s effected the company. For example, do you know what percentage of sales I accounted for last year?

Thank you so much,
[Your name]

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:

author: patrick algrim
About the author

Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams.

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