Resume objective, summary or profile – which one you should use?

Resume objective, summary or profile – which one you should use?

The resume introduction is a short paragraph highlighting your career progress, achievements and most notable skills. (Hint: It’s also a good place to insert a few keywords/skills listed in the job description.)

What’s a Resume Objective?

It’s basically a few lines of text at the beginning of your resume that state how you are a good fit for the position and what your goals for employment are. The resume objective statement used to be part of resumes for years, but the time have changed. The brutal truth is that employers don’t care what your objectives are, they just want to know why you’ll be an asset to the company and what you can do for them.

Things like “Restaurant manager seeking a position with ABC company to further my skills and make a positive contribution” are useless. Instead, write a summary or professional profile.

What’s a Resume Summary?

It’s a short overview of your work experience and skills that matches the requirements of the position and convince the reader you would be a valuable asset to the company. For example: “Energetic restaurant manager with 6 years of experience working in the restaurant industry and 3 years in a managerial role. Recognized for meeting sales goals each month and exceeding yearly sales projections by 20%.”

What’s a Resume Profile?

It is basically a resume summary, but it’s more extensive.

All three have the same purpose—to grab the attention of the hiring manager by highlighting your achievements and qualifications.

Important

Whichever introduction you use, it should be catchy and straightforward. Make it short and sweet – no more than 50 words in a few lines of text.

Can you omit the resume introduction?

Consider omitting the resume introduction if you are going to include a cover letter with your resume.

If you have only been asked for a resume though, you better keep the intro – it’s your chance to highlight and sell your transferable skills.

If you are a fresh graduate or if you’re switching industry and your resume lack a relevant work history, you better keep your introduction. Use it to mention your expertise and skills, even if you haven’t proven them on the job yet.

How to Write a Catchy Resume Introduction

1. Start with your position title to show that your resume is relevant to the offered position

2. Highlight your most notable skills and accomplishments

3. Don’t use pronouns or the first person

4. Use power words and keywords from the job description

Here you don’t need to write any text anymore. You can delete this text even. It is actually the last ‘blank’ piece of paper (two pages) of your book (if you delete this text of course).

Here’s an example of how you can do that:

RIGHT

Certified public accountant with 3+ years of experience in both public and private companies. Fully knowledgeable in ledger analysis, budgeting, financial statements and economic regulations. Recognized for implementing innovative accounting practices that improved efficiency and increased company revenue by 12%.

WRONG

Looking for an accountant position where I can apply my skills in budgeting, managing assets, preparing financial statements, tax filing and forecasting. Seeking a challenging position that offers professional growth.

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