No experience? No sweat! Here are the steps you can take to build a professional resume summary that will highlight your skills and achievements.
Step 1: Understand why having a summary can make you stand out as a candidate.
For starters, it can help you get noticed faster. Many hiring managers go through dozens of resumes every day, only giving each resume about six seconds of their time! A good professional summary is something that will catch their attention from the start.
Step 2: Mention your academic accomplishments.
Include what you studied and whether you got a degree. Describe what led you to your major and why you continued with that course of study. It’s okay to include your GPA in the summary, or touch on grades within your major coursework.
Step 3: Include your interests and passions.
Are you passionate about startups and technology? Great, put that. Want to make a difference in the world and focus your career on social impact? Mention that. If you took a leadership role in your class projects or any groups at your school, add that as well. Do not mention specific accomplishments in your resume summary (you can do that later in your resume). Instead, use terms like “proven leadership” or “natural leader.”
Step 4: Showcase your relevant skills.
Mention any skills you have that may be relevant to the position you are applying for. If you are proficient in any software, for example, include it in your summary. Highlight the soft skills you have acquired throughout your life, such as interpersonal skills or communication skills. These skills are applicable for nearly any industry and are valued by employers.
Step 5: Proofread!
You can never proofread too much. Ask a trusted friend or family member to review your summary (your whole resume, really) to check for errors.