What's a Qualifications Summary and Why Is It Important? (and How Do You Write It?)


The qualifications summary — sometimes also referred to as your professional profile or summary of accomplishments — has become a pretty widely accepted element for resumes. I love them because it sharpens the focus of the resume and gives the reader a quick overview of your most important qualities. I think of the qualifications summary as the executive summary of your resume. And when employers only have 10 seconds (or less) to make a decision about your resume, a well-written qualifications summary can be your edge. The qualifications summary should include the three or four attributes that make you unique and best qualified for the job you seek — your key selling points. I personally prefer a bulleted list in the qualifications summary because the bullets make it much easier (and faster) to read. However, it is not wrong to have it as a short and concise paragraph. Finally, you can use a job objective and qualifications summary together to give your resume an even sharper focus. Read more of my suggestions for resumes in key elements and rules of resumes, published on Quintessential Careers.