If you have ever written an essay before you know that the engine that drives it is the thesis. The thesis is what all the parts of the essay go back to because you are trying to prove it! Same thing goes for your executive summary (or professional summary) on your resume. It is the brain that makes the resume work!
The executive summary makes the hiring manager know what your intention is for applying to the job. It also should state why you are the best candidate for the position while highlighting a few key skills and strengths.
The length of the executive summary should be about 2-3 sentences long and drive home the bottomline for your career, and future intentions via your goals.
Here is a sample of a punchy, effective executive summary:
Goal-driven B2B Sales Professional with a proven track record of consistently exceeding sales targets while setting performance benchmarks company-wide. Demonstrated precision negotiation skills with various 500 fortune companies by closing a majority of business and continually finding new areas to grow upon existing portfolio.
Take a moment to examine that summary.
It’s jam packed with action and sets up the rest of the resume nicely. Obviously this sales professional needs some strong numbers and experience to back-up such claims in the body of the resume! However it gets the point across: a powerfully crafted Executive Summary can give your resume a strong tone and build a strong voice for the hiring manager reviewing it to hear loud and clear!
Now try crafting one now. It might take some time but it will be worth it!