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CHAPTER 4: TELLING STORIES ON YOUR RESUM... > Using a Professional Profile or Qual...

Using a Professional Profile or Qualifications Summary Section to Tell the Story of Who You Are

Twenty years ago or so, a Profile or Qualifications Summary section was somewhat unusual on a resume. Career experts trace the use of summaries and profiles, which include information about candidates’ qualities beyond their credentials, to the publication of the late Yana Parker’s The Damn Good Resume Guide in 1983. Today these sections are seen as an important resume element, consisting of four or five bullet points that encapsulate your top selling points.

So, a typical Profile or Summary section might consist of these items:

Bullet point summarizing your professional identity in a nutshell. Tells the story of who you are.

Bullet point addressing interpersonal communication skills and optionally including any applicable language skills. Tells the story of how well you communicate.


  

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