The summary of qualifications section is arguably the most
important section in a resume. It is positioned in the top
half of the first page of the resume and is the one thing
that employers will read first. As the title indicates, the
summary of qualifications is meant to give an overview of
the applicant’s experience and credentials. The summary of
qualifications cannot be written in the abstract however,
but needs to refer to the specific requirements of the
position you are applying to.
Before writing the summary of qualifications, you need to
have a clear idea of what the employer wants in a candidate.
What would be the ideal candidate for this employer? From
there you simply need to connect the skills that you can
bring to the position. Again, the summary of qualifications
section does not mean a summary of all your qualifications.
It is a summary of your qualifications as relevant to the
specific job you are applying to. Relevance is an unwritten
rule that applies for all the sections of a resume.
A variable that many professional resume writers like to add
to the summary of qualifications is a list of relevant
skills at the end of the paragraph. The paragraph would end
like: … Other skills include: … and you have here a list of
the skills using bullet points, typically listed in a two or
three-column table. The skills can include areas of
specialization, languages spoken, computer programs with
which you are familiar, specific certifications, etc.