Welcome to the third blog post in a four-part series on resume writing.

Hiring managers are busy people. A single job posting might attract hundreds if not thousands of resumes!  Hiring managers are not reading every resume word for word. They scan for a career summary.

A career summary is a hard-hitting introduction packed with top notch skills, accomplishments, abilities, and attributes. Basically, this is how you stand out from the crowd.

Research your ideal job. It is important to tailor your summary to the job. Search for your ideal positions. Then, compile a list of common job requirements and preferred qualifications.

Assess your qualifications. How do you measure up? Be confident, but humble. You do not have to match every aspect of the job vacancy, 100%. But you do not want to land the job and require basic training on your day-to-day responsibilities.  Outside of the minimum requirements, can you describe bonus skills you bring to the table?  Also, if you are lacking in one area, how can you make up for in another area? Remember to clearly relay how you would benefit to the company.

Focus on your goal. Good career summaries target one career goal. If you have more than one career goal, consider drafting more than one version of your resume. Use bullets that will keep the resume easy to read.

Proofread, refine, and perfect. No matter how you tackle resume writing, you get one chance to make a first impression. Avoid simple errors.

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