10 Resume Summary Statement Examples That Get Interviews

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There are a couple big reasons your resume summary statement (or your CV “profile” if you’re in the UK) is so important.

Someone asked me recently:

“Biron… I heard hiring managers only spend an average of 10 seconds reading a resume. So resumes are meaningless, right?”

My answer:

“That’s how long they take to scan your resume while DECIDING whether to keep reading. If they like what they see, they’re going to keep reading past 10 seconds. But you have to grab their attention.”

And your resume summary is one of the best places to do this because it appears at the very top and gets seen almost every time.

So I got in touch with a select group of professional resume writers, coaches and career experts to get their best resume summary examples you can copy and adapt into your own resume or CV. I included two I’ve personally written for clients as well.

Best Resume Summary Examples:

These examples will help you at any experience level – whether you’re writing an executive resume summary or your first resume summary without any experience!

After you finish this article you’re NEVER going to have to send out a limp, weak resume summary statement again (and you’ll get far more interviews because of it).

1. Healthcare Sales Executive Resume Summary Example:

Turnaround & Ground Up Leadership

GPOs * IDNs * Hospitals * Ambulatory Surgical Centers * Long-Term Care Facilities * Medical Practices

Servant Leadership to Develop + Inspire Loyal, Top National Sales Forces | UVA Darden Executive Education

  • Concept-to-execution strategies for untapped products, markets + solutions that yield 110% revenue growth
  • Negotiates partnerships with leading distributors + hospitals—Medline to Centara + Novant Health to Mayo Clinic
  • Revitalizes underperforming sales organizations via scalable, sustainable infrastructures emulated as best practice
  • C-Level networks of clinical + supply chain leadership acquired during tenures with XXX, XXX and XXX

Why this summary is good:

This summary’s strength lies in the unique information that has been included. By including revenue stats, names of past employers and partners, the reader right away sees that this person will bring to the role a strong networking ability with key players in his industry, and more importantly can build, grow and revitalize a sales organization, market or product.

By:  Virginia Franco, Founder of Virginia Franco Resumes and Forbes contributor.

2. 15+ Year Business Owner Resume Summary Statement:

Marketing Professional | Medical Educator | Nutritional Advocate

Dynamic and motivated professional with a proven record of generating and building relationships, managing projects from concept to completion, designing educational strategies, and coaching individuals to success. Skilled in building cross-functional teams, demonstrating exceptional communication skills, and making critical decisions during challenges. Adaptable and transformational leader with an ability to work independently, creating effective presentations, and developing opportunities that further establish organizational goals.

Why this is a good summary section:

This is a resume summary statement that was for  a candidate returning to work after having her own business for 15+ years. Because of this, we needed to emphasize her soft skills and what she can bring to this potential position. In addition, we highlighted the skills she has honed as a business owner so that she can utilize these qualifications as a sales professional, account manager, and someone knowledgeable about nutrition, medicine, and the overall sales process.

By: Dr. Heather Rothbauer-Wanish. MBA, PhD, CPRW, and Founder of Feather Communications

3. Human Resources Generalist Resume Summary Example:

Human Resources Generalist with progressive experience managing employee benefits & compliance, employee hiring & onboarding, performance management processes, licensure tracking and HR records. Dependable and organized team player with the ability to communicate effectively and efficiently. Skilled at building relationships with employees across all levels of an organization. Proficient with HRIS, applicant tracking and benefits management.

Why this is a good resume summary:

The applicant highlights their experience across a wide range of HR functions from the very first sentence, andcontinues this pattern throughout the rest of the summary.They then use easily digestible langue to showcase their hard skills (in the first & fourth sentences) and soft skills (in the second & third sentences). They also integrate a variety of keywords to get past automated job application systems, without sounding spammy or without over-doing it.

By: Kyle Elliott, MPA/CHES, Career Coach and Consultant

4. Social Media Marketing CV Profile Example (UK):

Social media expert with expertise in the creation and management of social media strategies and campaigns for global retail organisations

With extensive experience in the commercial utilisation of multiple social media channels including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube; I build successful social strategies that increase brand awareness, promote customer engagement and ultimately drive web traffic and conversions. With a degree in psychology and strong business acumen, I bring a customer focused approach to online and social marketing.

Why this summary is good:

This summary is well-written, short, sharp and gives recruiters a high-level explanation of the candidate’s core offerings in a persuasive and punchy style. A quick scan of this profile tells you the exact type of social media platforms the candidate is expert in, as well as the campaigns they have experience of running and types of organisations they have worked for. Most importantly, the summary is rounded off by showing the results that this person achieves for their employers, such as increased web traffic and conversions.

Editor’s note: This CV profile summary was written for the UK market… this is a great one to use/copy, but make sure you put it through a spell-checker if you’re applying for jobs in the US (utilisation vs. utilization, etc.)

By: Andrew Fennell, Director at StandOut CV, contributor for The Guardian and Business Insider

5. Marketing Manager Resume Summary Statement Example:

Marketing Manager with over eight years of experience. Proven success in running email marketing campaigns and implementing marketing strategies that have pulled in a 20% increase in qualified leads. Proficient in content, social media and inbound marketing strategies. Skilled, creative and innovative.

Why this summary is good:

This resume summary stands out because it gets straight to the point. Through immediately introducing the number of years experience the candidate has, the HR manager doesn’t need to spend time adding up years. The candidate also jumps right into his or her strongest skill, provides a statistic, then gives additional skills.

By: Sarah Landrum, Founder of Punched Clocks, contributor at Entrepreneur.com and Forbes

6. Warehouse Supervisor Resume Summary Example:

Warehouse Supervisor with Management, Customer Service, & Forklift Experience

  • Dependable manager with 15+ years of experience in warehouse management and employee supervision.
  • Skilled at managing inventory control, shipping & receiving, customer relations and safety & compliance.
  • Certified Power Equipment Trainer, Forklift Operator and Reach Operator skilled at coaching other staff.
  • Promoted to positions of increased responsibility given strong people and project management skills.

Why this summary is good:

The applicant was applying for a warehouse supervisor position that required them to have demonstrated management, customer service and forklift experience. As such, the applicant showcased their experience in these areas with a few keywords in the title, followed by additional details in the accompanying bullet points. Their final bullet shows a record of promotions, while reinforcing the applicant’s customer service and project management skills.

By: Kyle Elliott, MPA/CHES, Career Coach and Consultant

7. IT Project Manager Resume Summary Example:

Experienced Project Manager with vast IT experience. Skills include computer networking, analytical thinking and creative problem solving. Able to apply customer service concepts to IT to improve user experience for clients, employees and administration.

Why this resume summary is good:

Because this candidate is switching career paths, it’s important he or she take skills used for previous positions and apply those skills to the new job listing. This is a great example because the candidate makes it clear that his or her experience is not in the new field, but that they are still able to bring relevant experience to the table.

When writing your resume summary, keep these tips in mind: Use writing that is straight to the point, clear and concise, you’ll have a higher chance of getting noticed by the hiring manager.

By: Sarah Landrum, Founder of Punched Clocks, contributor at Entrepreneur.com and Forbes

8. Career-Changer Resume Summary Example:

Earn trust, uncover key business drivers and find common ground as chief negotiator and identifier of revenue opportunities in sales, leadership and account management roles spanning e-Commerce, air travel and high-tech retail.

Navigate cultural challenges while jumping time zones, lead international airline crews and manage corporate accounts to deliver an exceptional customer experience. A self-taught techie sought after as a go-to for complex billing systems and SaaS platforms alike—bridging the divide between technology and plain-speak.

  • Tenacious Quest for Success + Learning. Earned MBA and BS in just 3 years while working full-time – gaining hands-on experience in research- and data-driven product roadmap development, pricing and positioning.
  • Results-Driven Leadership. Whether leading Baby Boomers, Gen X or Millennials—figures out what makes teams tick, trains and transforms individuals into top-performers.
  • Challenger of Conventional Wisdom. Always ask the WHY. Improve the user experience through smart, strategic thinking that anticipates outcomes. Present cases that influence, and lead change that drives efficiency and profitability.

Why this summary is good:

This client was eager for a career change and had moved from role to role and industry-to-industry. After completing her Master’s degree, she was eager to tie her skills together to land a role – which she did – as a Senior Technology Account Strategist for a global travel company.

Although a bit longer than a traditional summary, the strength of it lies in the details. Without ever getting to the experience section, the reader gets a clear idea of the scope of responsibility, and hard and soft skills the candidate brings to the table.

By: Virginia Franco, Founder of Virginia Franco Resumes and Forbes contributor.

9. Project Management Executive Resume Summary Example:

15+ years of initiating and delivering sustained results and effective change for Fortune 500 firms across a wide range of industries including enterprise software, digital marketing, advertising technology, e-commerce and government. Major experience lies in strategizing and leading cross-functional teams to bring about fundamental change and improvement in strategy, process, and profitability – both as a leader and expert consultant.

Why this summary is good:

“Project Manager” is one of those job titles that’s REALLY broad. You can find project managers earning $50K, and others earning $250K. The client I wrote this for was at the Director level, and had worked for some of the biggest and best tech companies in her city. So this resume profile section shows her level and experience, and the wide array of areas she has responsibility for in her current work. You can borrow or use some of the phrasing here to show that you’ve been responsible for many important areas in your past work.

By: Biron Clark, Founder of CareerSidekick.com, contributor for Huffington Post and Business.com

10. Startup And Finance Management Consultant Resume Summary Example (International):

Experienced strategist, entrepreneur and startup enthusiast with a passion for building businesses and challenging the status quo. 8+ year track-record of defining new business strategies, launching new ventures, and delivering operational impact, both as a co-founder and management consultant. 

Why this summary is good:

This summary was for a highly-talented management consultant looking to break out of finance, and into trendier tech companies like Uber. His track record and educational background were great, so the goal of this summary section was to stand out and show he’s more than just the typical consultant with a finance background. So we emphasized his passion for startups, his ability to think outside the box and challenge the status quo. That’s something that companies like Uber and other “disruptive” tech companies look for.

By: Biron Clark, Founder of CareerSidekick.com, contributor for Huffington Post and Business.com

Now you have 10 resume summary statements and explanations for why they’re effective. Use this as a starting point while writing your own, and make sure yours is attention-grabbing, specific, and to-the-point.

Should A Resume Summary Be Long Or Short?

As you read this, you probably noticed there are some short single-paragraph summary statements, and much longer resume profiles that are 2-3 paragraphs plus bullet points.

So how long should YOUR resume summary be?

When you’re creating your resume, here’s what I recommend:

If you have relevant work experience, keep your summary super short. The piece you really want the hiring manager reading is your most recent work experience (and make sure you tailored that info to fit the job description).

The resume summary is just a “bridge” to get the hiring manager into your experience.

However, if you’re changing careers, or you’re looking for jobs without any work experience, the summary section needs to stand on its own, and should be longer. So use the longer examples above.

If you have a question, leave a comment below. And once you get your resume sorted out, don’t miss the sale we’re running on our Complete Guide To Job Interview Answers! It will save you the frustrating process of going on interviews and not hearing back, having to guess what you did wrong when they hire someone else, etc. And you’ll land a job much faster.

 

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Shataka Potter says May 7, 2017

Hello My name is Shataka and I’m a current job seeker trying to land my dream job as a Counselor. I have Master degree in Counseling Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. My experience lies in many different fields. I’m currently a Substance Abuse Counselor, with a teaching background and over 5 years of social service experience. I guess my question is how would I sum up all my experience to help me find a job as a Counselor.

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Vaibhav says May 7, 2017

I am student in civil engineering field. Have 1.5 yrs of work ex. How should i structure my resume. Thanks.

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Paulette Washburn says June 15, 2017

how do i explain long term gaps in employment? leave them out?

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Juniper says June 24, 2017

Hiya! I am a mother of three attempting to return to the workforce. I have been a stay at mom for about 13 years, so I have a (large) gap in my employment history; which doesn’t look great. I have a college education and have obtained a few certifications whilst not employed, plus many volunteer hours. I know that I should probably use a functional resume format. Would love some advice on what I should include in my summary statement.

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    Biron Clark says June 25, 2017

    Hi Juniper,

    I rarely like functional resumes, but it might be worth trying. I’d “split-test” it (a marketing term). Create two resume styles, send out 50% one way, 50% the other way, and track results for a week.

    I’d treat the resume summary statement just like any other resume. Highlight your skills and past wins/accomplishments.

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briana says June 29, 2017

what if i never had a job experience?

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Susan Peltz says July 5, 2017

Struggling to write a Summary Statement for a Secretary/Administrative Assistant position. I have 15 years government experience but have been away from the government since 9/1993 and have spent 15 years as a Substitute Teacher after taking off for 10 years to raise my children.

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Danielle Gentile says August 16, 2017

I use a similar format when writing my opening statement for my coverletter. How do you recommend differentiating the two? Or is it ok to use largely the same language?

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    Biron Clark says August 16, 2017

    I think it’s okay to use something similar. I might be more brief in the cover letter… it needs to be about them just as much as it’s about you. Whereas the resume is all about you, at least in the summary section. (The later sections should still be tailored to THEIR needs..)

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