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Why is a “Summary Statement” needed on your resume?

I know you hear me talking about how important resumes are in your career development but don’t ignore it.. Did you know that your “well written” resume helps to communicate your your skills, knowledge based and qualifications to potential employers? Do you understand that it showcase what you can do for employers, when written strategically?

I need you to truly understand your resume is the advertisement for the business of YOU! Let that sink in for a moment. Do you think you didn’t have to sell when looking for jobs or career opportunities? Think again!

There are five to six key elements to an efficiently written resume. In this article, we will discuss one of the most important attention grabbing elements.

Your SUMMARY STATEMENTS (Summary Paragraph)
So, you’re asking me, what is a summary statement on a resume. It is a one to three statements communicating your specific years of expertise, knowledge base and skills relevant to the industry or position(s) for which you are applying. This paragraph should mention specific key words associated with the actual position, so it may change frequently based on the position(s). If you are over the age of forty years old, you may have some familiarity with the “OBJECTIVE” on a resume. The summary paragraph took the place of the objective and communicated more efficiently with the employer about what you have to offer.

Do you have a summary paragraph on your resume? If not, here is a sample I provided to one of my clients when I completed a full resume revision for them. They were applying for social work and youth rehabilitation type of positions for group homes and orphanages.

Solid 20+ years of results oriented experience in social work and youth counseling with strong emphasis in teaching youth self-control, life skills, self-esteem and self-motivation. Consistently exceeding company goals and service expectations. Skilled in developing and implementing standardized policies and procedures that tangibly improved the lives of the youth population systematically.”

Now, this summary paragraph gave the employer a snapshot of what my client’s skills, their capabilities and their years of experience accomplishing the goals in their role. Now, keep in mind, the rest of the resume should quantify all the statements in the summary paragraph but it paints a great picture of my client so far.

By the way, does your resume have a summary paragraph helping to sell your skills, knowledge base, experience and qualification? If not, then a couple of resources to help you with that. If you’re looking to have your resume reviewed to see if it is working for you…then check out my first resource here. If you need your resume to be complete rewritten or created because you don’t have one or have a ineffective one….then check out my second resource here.

I want you to win in your career and your economic life, so your #1 career tool, also known as your resume, must work for you, not against you. If you have any questions about resumes, careers, interviewing or negotiation strategies, you can leave me a voicemail message by clicking the gray “send voicemail” tab on the right side of the page or go here and send me an email.

Bet on Yourself, Professionally

Don’t be fearful of new opportunities that knock you out of your “comfort zone”. In this market climate where technology driven changes ultimately affect almost every industry directly or indirectly, you must step out on faith and BET ON YOURSELF!

Long gone are the days where people remain employed to the same company for 20, 30 or even 40 years….so believing in yourself, knowledge, skills and abilities may end up leading to unexpected opportunities for growth and working independently.

Be bold enough to step out on your own before it becomes a necessity versus a choice. You may end up venturing into entrepreneurship, sales or consulting based on what is going on in your industry.

To learn how to position yourself for professional growth and communicate your value in a professionally independent environment, go here.

Exciting news…my new ebook, “From Clueless Teenager to Consummate Professional” is in the editing stages now but you can pre-order the book now and get it first by going here.

Have career related content suggestions, comment below or go here to leave me a voicemail or email message and I will respond within 24 hours.

Being Uncomfortable Brings Positive Changes

Being uncomfortable with life’s circumstances provide the platform & motivation to make positive changes, especially in the career arena. There’s nothing like a company layoff that wakes even the most laid back employee asleep in their career. Adversity, such as job layoffs can be the very jolting event necessary to get you moving towards your #dreamcareer…

I want to help you to get started on that career planning journey before the layoffs & budget cuts start affecting you. Grab my FREE Resource whole it’s still FREE.

To connect with me about general career questions or to suggest career related issues for video topics, leave a comment or go here.

Communicate Your Value in the Marketplace

Understanding how to handle yourself when interacting with business owners & #hr during the #jobinterview process is very important. Your level of #professionalism and asking the right questions can determine how lucrative the #jobopportunity can truly be.

Want to be ready for your next job interviews, knowing what to say, knowing what to ask to maximize your career opportunities?
Schedule your interview coaching session here.

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Go Where You Are Celebrated….Not Tolerated

It’s always best to have your preparation tools ready for a storm instead of being caught in a storm without any tools. The same applies to your career path and the difficulties you may experience at times. In this economic climate, ALWAYS have your #careertools ready for use.

Looking for a complete #resume makeover or a full #resumecreation? Get it done here.

Want to get your resumes, cover letters & other portfolio contents reviewed? Go here.

Need help with getting through your next #jobinterviews like a boss? Go here.

Want to connect with me? Go here.

Social Media can Make or Break Your Career Opportunities…Be Vigilant!

When it come to #socialmedia…. you’ve got to be careful what type of information you place on your profiles.

Take at look at all of your social media profiles right now and answer these questions:
1. Does your profile represent you positively or negatively?

2. What are you communicating about yourself in those profiles?

3. Will the info on your profile help or hurt your chances of landing the #careeropportunity of your choice?

How you answer those questions will determine how much adjustments is needed on your #socialmediaprofiles.

If you need to get your profile reviewed to make sure it’s working for you professionally, then go here.

Want to connect with me on general career questions? Go here.

Are you working towards career goals or the career your parents though was great?

Time and time again I have heard friends and co-workers talk about how they ended up going into medicine, becoming an attorney or taking over the family business all stemming from the voices of parents, relatives and friends that mean well. The only problem…YOU’RE MISERABLE! Let that sink in for a moment.

I can personally attest to this fact in my own career journey. I may have mentioned in previous podcasts or video episodes that I started my college career right out of high school in the physical therapy program. My mother thought physical therapy was a great career path and as an obedient high school graduate who had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I only knew at the time, that I wanted to help people in some way, just the how, where and in what capacity was not so clear to me at the time. I just went with my mother’s plan until I started in core science classes and laboratory work.

I discovered in those classes how much I hated working with body parts and being exposed to bodily fluids on a regular basis. I like learning about the body from a scientific perspective but touching dead frogs, cats, possums and other dead creatures gross me out. I eventually changed by major to business administration with the concentration in human resources.

This experience taught me to NEVER do something because someone else wants you to do but do it for yourself. If you’re going to work hard on a career path, at least do something that gives you some satisfaction, outside of just getting paid due to family demands. If you are looking to make your career transition and don’t know where to start, go here.

You can grab your FREE DREAM Career Guide to start your career transition process and not have to suffer through stinky frogs in college to figure out your ideal career path.

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Successful Careers without a College Degree (Part 3)

In the third part of the Successful Careers without a College Degree, we discuss the diverse career paths which are considered trades. In these career paths, you are getting more physically involved, using problem solving skills to help businesses and private sectors with life necessities.

Some of the career paths discussed are electricians, plumbers, air-conditioning, heat and refridgeration technicians.

If you are looking to get more involved in the practical trade careers, but don’t know where to start, check out my resource here to your career plan into orbit!

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