Resume Tip: Yes to a Professional Summary

By Mary Truslow on

The top 1/3 of your resume is what sells you. But when it comes to that prime real estate, there are conflicting schools of thought on what to include. My thought is—include a professional summary, skip the professional objective. The focus should be on what you bring to the table, not what you want.
Hiring managers are short on time. A summary should communicate who you are and what you can do quickly and concisely. It should incorporate the keywords and terms reflective of the role you want. It should elevate your background and strengths rather than reiterate your current responsibilities. 
Your professional summary should demonstrate how your experience and attributes align with the role, and most importantly, solve a hiring company’s need.