Starting a resume from scratch can be an absolute nightmare. Sure, adding your name, address, phone number, and email are easy enough, but then what?
Choosing a Resume Introduction
We, at Resume Genius, have come up with a simple solution to help job seekers choose the right resume introduction for them. Follow our “How To Start Your Resume” flow chart below and find out which resume introduction maximizes your chances of getting a job:
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A great resume must begin with an intriguing introduction.
The resume introduction you choose could be the difference between getting the interview or a one-way ticket to the trash can.
Your resume needs something that will draw the attention of recruiters and provide them with a quick overview of what makes you the perfect candidate for the job – essentially an “elevator pitch.”
The problem is that job seekers have 3 introduction styles choose from: a Professional Profile, Career Objective, or Qualifications Summary. The introduction you choose could be the difference between getting the interview or a one-way ticket to the trash can.
However up until now, the differences between the three styles has not been clear, making it hard for job seekers to choose the one that best suits their resume.
So now that you know which introduction is best for you and have a better idea of what one looks like, you may still need a little more information on how to customize it for your own resume.
Luckily, we have everything you need.
Writing a Resume Introduction
The flow chart above has already broken down the three styles and provided examples of how they differ from one another. Now let’s delve a little deeper into how you can adapt the intro to effectively promote your experience and skills.
Find your introduction below:
Career Objective Tips
Career objectives, also commonly referred to as resume objectives, are great for those who are just entering the workforce or who only have 1-2 years of experience under their belt. A career objective consists of three basic parts. They include:
- Years of work/internship experience and the job duties performed
- The major qualities, skills, or abilities that you will apply to the specific position to meet the company’s goals (Note: you must be able to prove these skills in the professional experience section)
- Relevant degrees, licenses, and certificates you hold
When you combine the three points above, you establish a solid argument for why you deserve to a position over the competition.
Career Objective Designs
A qualifications summary is best for those who have numerous skills or achievements and are looking to work in a different field. As the flow chart explains, a qualifications summary usually contains 5-6 bullet points emphasizing a candidate’s:
The order of the bullet points is completely up to the applicant, but we suggest listing the most relevant and impressive first. This way, you are more likely to bait recruiters and reel in their interest.
Qualifications Summary Examples
The professional profile is a mix of the best of both a career objective and qualifications summary. This introduction consists of four main points:
- Years of Experience
- Specialty of Area of Experience Or Job Duty you Excel At
- Transferrable Skills
- Career Achievements
Professional Profile Designs
Although you may have finished your resume introduction, you are not out of the woods yet. Don’t forget that you still need to write the Professional Experience, Education, and Additional Skills Sections. Be sure to stop by our enormous resume resources page that is filled with anything you could possibly want to know about writing a resume. If you are in a hurry, then head over to the Resume Genius resume builder and get yours done in under 15 minutes.
Finally if you have any questions, feel free to comment below. Good luck on the job hunt!