How to write a Professional Resume Summary

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Professional Summary
Professional Summary

Congratulations! Your resume just passed the ATS! You’re one step closer to getting that job you always wanted! But this is no time to rest, hero! There is one more dragon to defeat: the ever-terrifying HR, who will go through your resume and select only the best of the best. 

 

The HR will only read the first section of your resume, giving you about 7 seconds to prove your worth. Anything more is down the drain.

 

Let’s see how HyreSnap can help you with this: We at HyreSnap have already studied over 100,000 resumes and discussed details with HRs and other experts, and it turns out: the summary part of your resume is the most critical section that HRs look at when it comes to initial screening.

 

Before looking at a good summary, let’s look at what a bad summary might be:

 

Job requirement: Financial Analyst
• Dedicated and detail-oriented graduate in Economics, committed to the teamwork that leads to a team’s success. Looking for an opportunity to expand my skill-set and focus on continual professional and personal growth, including the improvement of business and economic knowledge. Adept at utilizing top-of-the-line communication skills to build and foster long-term relationships

 

The above summary is terribly long, difficult on the eyes and just plain bad. Any HR will read the first two lines and move on. 

 

What’s worse is even though you know a lot about programming in general, your summary isn’t meeting the job requirement stated: they’re looking for experienced financial analysts, not economists who know a little bit of everything!

 

What will really help solidify this is if you list a few work experiences or proofs of work attached to your summary as well. For more on the Work Experience section, click here.

 

The three golden rules of writing a perfect summary are:

 

 

  1. Make it Crisp- Your ideal summary should not be of more than three sentences.
  2. Keep it Relevant- Search for Top 3 skills in the job description and make sure you have them in your summary.
  3. Make it Powerful- Give proof of your skills with your best accomplishment that makes you stand out.

 

 

Here is an easy formula, use this and you will always get your summary section right.

 

 

Let’s now look at a good resume:

 

Job requirement: Financial Analyst

• Summary: Ambitious Financial Analyst well-versed in risk management, corporate finance and performance optimization. CFA Level-II certified and managed 5 different projects with a budget over Rs 5 crores in the previous role.

 

Now, this is much better. Not only does it satisfy the job requirement, but it’s easy on the eyes. Also, in the second summary, there is much more information about you.

There are more crisp skills, proper work experiences and a clear picture of what kind of candidate you are. There is no filler text like “I’m good at ____” or “My passion is ____”. HyreSnap has thrown out all the irrelevant stuff and made you look like the perfect candidate for the job.

 

 

Using the company's mission statement in your summary makes your resume stand out and also gives HR the feeling that you have made this resume especially for this job. You respect the company's work culture and are serious for the job.


For example, Sony’s mission statement contains the Japanese word “Kando”, meaning something that moves their customers emotionally, inspires them, and fulfils their curiosity. If you wanted to get into Sony, your resume better contain the word “Kando” or its meaning!

 

Keeping in mind all these points is difficult, don’t worry, HyreSnap has got your back. Our AI Engine extracts the keywords from the job description and automatically includes them in your resume within minutes. Not only that, it helps you present your skills and accomplishments in an optimal manner that matches the job description. We also provide you with a job search option where you can easily find jobs that match your resume in any city of your choice. Our resume formats are ATS friendly and approved by more than 40 HR experts. We make your resume-building process easy and efficient. You can write your job-winning resume in just fifteen minutes. Use HyreSnap resume builder to make your perfect resume now.