A Summary of Qualifications, sometimes called a Qualifications Summary, is a more advanced open to your resume than a Career Objective.
Writing one takes a little more effort, but you can also get a lot more information in front of a human resources representative quickly.
Keep reading to see if this is the right opening for you, how to write one, and to see some examples.
What this writing guide will cover:
If this type of introduction sounds like it’s just right for your resume, keep reading. If not, then here is some information on other resume openings that might be more your style.
Before you get to work in writing your Qualifications Summary, you’ll need to do a little digging into your past. You will want to find some quantifiable ways to show the specific company you’re applying to that you’re the candidate they need to interview.
It’s extremely important to make edits on your resume for each employer you apply to. What might be a great statement to put in you intro for company A might not be nearly as relevant for company B.
Include any positive sales figures, like year-over-year growth, or milestones, like industry related and recognized awards. The goal here is to show actual results as proof of your ability.
This is a very professional opening, so you have to keep it professional. Do not get too experimental with the information you provide. Keep everything on topic, geared toward the position, and truthful.
Do not include grandiose claims or trendy slang. Some examples of that are:
The first sentence would only fit one person in world, and the chances that it’s you are quite slim. Instead of saying you’re the best, use hard numbers showing how many leads you convert.
The second sentence starts off with listing programming languages instead of just the generic claim of being a skilled computer programmer. That’s great.
Most Qualification Summaries are made up of four to five bullet points. To get an idea of what makes a good bullet point and what doesn’t, let’s take a look at a couple of examples.
Change this bullet point:
The first bullet point doesn’t really give a hiring manager any tangible information. They will know you were a manager, but they won’t have any idea about the scope of your duties.
The corrected version says exactly how big your team is as well as how large the sales area is. It shows a lot more easily comprehensible information.
Let’s take a look at another example.
Change this bullet point:
It should be clear how much more detailed the second bullet point is. By naming the ad platform along with the annual ad spend, a human resources rep. should be able to get a very clear picture of your experience level.
Now let’s check out a compete example.
Can you spot all of the details?
A Summary of Qualifications is an excellent opening for more experienced job candidates. It allows you to get plenty of quantifiable data in front of the eyes of the decision maker who will decide whether or not to call you in for an interview.
If you’re not sure whether or not it’s the best opening for your resume, you can always write one with this opening, and one with a Career Objective, and compare.