Resume Executive Summaries


I see this mistake made on resumes all the time: introductions that are paragraphs with long-form sentences that look more like a cover letter than a summary.

Have you ever read through a very long document/article? A product review, a security assessment, a home inspection, a legal document? Hasn't it ever made you wish you could just see the conclusion first? If you know the conclusion, then you can determine whether the rest is worth reading, right? 

Think of your resume summary just like that. It should be an Executive Summary. If you're not familiar with executive summaries, imagine being an important executive who is really short on time. To spend an extra minute on the details costs more money than it's worth. Instead you rely on your team of experts to boil things down to their most important points, allowing you to make a quick decision.

Given how many resumes a hiring manager has to review before selecting which candidates will be interviewed, your resume should immediately show your value so someone doesn't have to go through the details. Start with the conclusion, that you should be hired.

Hiring Managers will probably review your full resume once or twice, but if you nail the Executive Summary, they'll refer to this section of dozens of times.


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