President & CEO
Lainie Bennett is President and CEO of Millennium Personnel Corp., an independently owned and operated boutique administrative employment agency.
Creating a resume can be one of the most difficult parts of your job search. It can be quite a struggle figuring out what’s important to add and what’s okay to omit. You’ve done so much throughout your career – what should you even include?!
One thing is for sure: gone are the days of beginning your resume with an Objective. Having an Objective on your resume is now considered to be old-fashioned. It can be a bit too restrictive and can pigeonhole you into one particular role or industry. This is something you absolutely want to avoid during your job search. You want to ensure too keep your resume open so that you can apply it to a multitude of positions. Having an Objective limits you on this, so get rid of it and replace it with a resume Profile Summary.
A resume Profile Summary is exactly what its name imparts – a summary or outline detailing why you are the ideal candidate for the position. It should be thorough but concise and should not be longer than four lines.
In the resume Profile Summary, you want to describe and highlight your skills sets and strengths that are relevant to the job to which you are applying. It’s important to tailor your Profile Summary to each job listing you are submitting your resume to because not all positions require the same qualifications.
The best way to customize your resume Profile Summary to ensure that it fits with the position is to research the listing. Carefully go through the job positing. Read it from beginning to end. Then, identify the key words and incorporate them into your resume. Having these key words in your Profile Summary boosts the chances of your resume being selected for an interview. This is especially true if the company uses algorithms for their candidate selection.
In all, your Profile Summary is an important opening of your resume. It is your 30-second commercial marketing yourself to an employer. Here you want to express why he/she should select you for an interview. Therefore, make it short and straight to the point. Make it intriguing, and make sure to emphasize your qualifications for the specific role. You want to quickly grab the attention of your reader. Remember, you only have a few seconds to do so.
If you have any questions about resume writing, or if we can be a sounding board for your job search inquiries, please contact us at 212-244-2777.