Give Your Resume Impact with a Powerful Professional Summary

impactBroad generalities on your resume rarely produce impactful impression, for two reasons:

  1. You tend to blend in with the hundreds of other candidates for each position
  2. Recruiters are an anal bunch, and thrive on specifics

Laser-focused statements that highlight your personal brand – and the amazing addition you’d be to the organization – on the other hand, generate a much higher resume response rate.

To assist you in stepping away from the generalities and vague, “fluffy” statements found so many resumes these days, here are some tips on how to write a powerful professional career summary for your resume.


The best career summaries are just that—summaries. They condense years of experience into 3 to 5 meaningful, powerful sentences that speak to your brand, experience, and value proposition. Think about your most notable career achievements and how they relate to the position you’re applying to—then write a statement that highlights all of that.


Powerful career summaries are targeted to the position you’re interested in. Include the job title to the position you’re applying for within the first sentence of your career summary.

Additionally, follow that introductory sentence with 2 to 3 sentences that support how you will be an asset to the organization and meet its needs. Put some thought into the company’s needs for that specific position, and then include in your summary how you will meet them.

Make A Match

Use keywords from the job description and the company’s website to showcase your principal areas of expertise – and how well they match the requirements of the position. Create variety in your sentence structure; this will keep the reader’s attention and encourage them to continue reading. Using keywords in your career summary will also help position you as a subject matter expert and substantiate your value to the organization.

Creating a captivating professional summary is important to the success of your resume in capturing recruiters’ attention, and its subsequent response rate.

If you want the hiring manager to read the rest of the resume, you need to invest a significant amount of time and attention in this summary—especially since the hiring manager will spend only about 6-10 seconds with their initial resume scan.

Your professional summary will make or break the hiring manager’s decision to read the remainder of the resume. Pump up your impact, starting now.





For this post, YouTern thanks our friends at Great Resumes Fast!



Jessica-Holbrook-HernandezAbout the Author: A nationally recognized resume expert, Jessica Hernandez is President/CEO of Great Resumes Fast and a former human resources manager and recruiter. With more than ten years’ experience directing hiring practices for Fortune 500 companies, she has developed innovative and proven resume development, and personal branding strategies to generate powerful results for clients.

As a global resume authority and trusted media source, Jessica has been featured and quoted on,, Job Talk America radio, SmartBrief, International Business Times, and more. Jessica has her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications/Public Relations from the University of North Florida. Contact Jessica on Twitter!



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