The Power of a Resume Summary

Candidate A

Candidate B

Candidate A is Jacinda Ardern, re-elected Prime Minister of New Zealand. She has redefined leadership and has shown the world how to successfully lead a country during a global crisis.

Candidate B is Judith Collins, the current leader of the opposition.

New Zealand held what was known as the Covid Election last year, which resulted in a landslide win for the incumbent PM Jacinda Ardern.

Never underestimate the power of your resume summary. Hiring teams do read them and decide whether to continue reading or move onto the next application.

Candidate A’s summary demonstrates how ineffective cliches are at promoting yourself. It also demonstrates how disjointing it is by not using parallel language.

Top tips for your summary:

1. Avoid generic statements.
2. Do your research and understand the challenges.
3. Write a targeted summary for each position you apply for.
4. Ask yourself – Would you continue to read if you read your own summary?

Thankfully, this is not verbatim of what Jacinda used in her campaign, rather it highlights the importance of targeting your summary to the position you are applying for.

Don’t rest on your laurels and assume the reader will read between the lines. Show them why you the best for the position.

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