Job seekers place a summary of qualifications at the beginning of a resume to capture the attention of recruiters and hiring managers. The summary clearly lists the knowledge, skills and abilities that make you qualified for a particular job. In addition, some larger companies may screen resumes using an applicant tracking system, which is a software program that helps to pick the most qualified applicants based on keywords in the resumes. Develop a summary of qualifications that is packed with job-related keywords so that it stands to a potential employer.
Research the qualifications that are in demand by the hiring employer. Refer to the description in the original job advertisement. Some descriptions include a section labeled "qualifications," followed by several phrases relating to the skills necessary for the job.
Write a rough draft of your summary of qualifications. Match your existing knowledge, skills and abilities with those desired by the employer, based on your research. Include practical and tangible qualifications, such as knowing how to use specific equipment, machinery and computer technology. Mention your knowledge of job-related laws, regulations and guidelines, such as the "Associated Press Stylebook" for writers and reporters. State business processes, strategies and techniques by name, such as the "Always Be Closing (ABC)" sales strategy. In addition, think about your transferable skills that apply to just about any job, such as strong analytical and leader skills.
Place a section header titled "Summary of Qualifications" under your objective or headline statement. Add your list of qualifications under this header. Use descriptive phrases and incomplete sentences in paragraph form. For example, a customer service agent may write, "Excellent ability to sell products and solve problems over the phone. Proficient multi-tasker, able to talk to the customer while touch typing at 75 words per minute into a Customer Relationship Management program. Commitment to quality assurance standards and upholding the integrity of the company. Effective use of the Always Be Closing strategy."
- Positively Minnesota: Resumes -- Page 2 -- Resume Formats
- The Ladders: Evidence Based Qualifications Summary -- A Resume Close to Job Description
- Career One Stop: Resume Guide -- Headline and Summary
- Career One Stop: Resume Guide -- Skills and Abilities
- Career One Stop: Resume Guide -- Top Portion of Resume
- If possible, tailor each and every resume to specific employers.
Damarious Page is a financial transcriptionist specializing in corporate quarterly earnings and financial results. Page holds a medical transcription certificate and has participated in an extensive career analysis and outplacement group workshop through Right Management. The West Corporation trained and certified him to handle customer support for home appliance clients.