Resume Your Way to a New Career – Your Career Summary

In the  final installment of the Resume Your Way to a New Career blog series, I’ll discuss how to create your Career Summary on your resume. The Career Summary is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a summary of your career and applicable skills and experience that you’d bring to the position. Below, I’ve included a Career Summary from one of my resumes to use an example.

In your Career Summary, you should do a couple of things:

  1. Give yourself some sort of title that allows the reader to quickly place you in the category of the job that you’re applying to. If your current or most recent positions have applicable titles, use one of those specific titles. If you’re looking for a position in the same field but not necessarily the same type of position, use a name of the field and a general descriptor such as “Human Resources Professional.”
    1. In the example below, the resume was for a legal position that wasn’t similar to the position I had at the time and that required the chosen applicant to be a licensed attorney.
  2. 2) Briefly describe your general experience, skills, and expertise. Then incorporate some of the wording in the position description in the summary. Here’s how I did those things in the example:
    1. General experience – Governmental, communication, analytical, and research experience
    2. Hard skills – Reviewing data and developing/implementing recommendations and strategies
    3. Soft skills – Collaborating with cross-functional teams to achieve and exceed organizational objectives
    4. Expertise – Analysis of documents for legal and financial relevance
    5. Incorporated language – Thrives on opportunities to create and implement solutions to complex issues. Excellent communicator, presenter, and independently driven team member

Taking the above basic formula and making it your own will go a long way in setting yourself apart from the other applicants. Yes, it’s going to take some work but it’ll be worth it. Not only does it give the reader a quick take on what they’re going to read further down in your resume but it’s a great starting place for formulating an answer to the dreaded “Tell us about yourself” interview question.

Good luck and happy summarizing! Don’t forget to use these Tyche Tips!

  • Have a resume template and tailor it for each application.
  • Use the Career Summary section to give the reader a quick take on what you’ve done well and on your areas of expertise. Think of it as your written elevator speech.
  • Make sure you match up your highlighted experience, skills, and expertise with what’s in the job description. Keywords and phrases matter!

If you think these tips are great but want someone else to implement them, shoot me an email at [email protected] so we can discuss my resume writing services or check out my Services page at to see how else I can help you during your career transition.

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