Summary of Qualifications

The summary of qualifications section of the resume pinpoints your greatest strengths and highest achievements in a brief, positive statement.

This is the one section of the resume where you can create a fast and favorable impression on the prospective employer right away. It can (and should) set the tone for the entire resume.

Each part of the summary of qualifications section should project an image of confidence, initiative, knowledge and success. Every word should be carefully chosen to clearly illustrate your ability to contribute to the organization's goals, ongoing projects and immediate needs.

While your goal is to make a favorable impression – and sell yourself – the summary of qualifications is not a repeat of the information further down in your resume. Extract key points to emphasize your accomplishments and skill set, but keep the summary fresh, crisp and engaging.

There are basically two ways to write this section of the resume. One way is to write this section in paragraph form. A qualifications statement can be a short paragraph usually no more than 4-5 lines long. Again, focus on what you believe will make the greatest positive impact on a prospective employer.

Example #1: Proven ability to design and implement highly effective online marketing programs, outstanding project management skills, excellent ability to identify strategic opportunities and solutions, proactively manage a complex budget, with quarterly roll-ups to ensure spending matches to budget.

Another way to write this section is to use bullet points. These statements do not need to be full sentences (but they can be). There really is no preferred or best method of writing a qualifications statement with bullet points. Example #2:

  • proven ability to design and implement highly effective online marketing programs
  • outstanding project management skills
  • increased on-line sales of brand Z by 20% within first 6 months of taking over account
  • streamlined order process to improve shipment efficiency by 25% and lower costs by 15%
Do not feel you have to cram all of your best attributes into the Summary of Qualifications. The main purpose of this section is to entice the employer to read the rest of your resume. This is just a quick showcase of your best attributes. Save some good information for the rest of your resume, too.

If you use a Summary of Qualifications, you may not want to use a Job Objective Statement, Read about it here.

If you would like to see some Resume Examples, click here 

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