How To Write an Executive Summary

A step-by-step guide to developing an executive resume summary that gets you interviews, complete with examples. Written by hiring managers and aimed at senior job seekers.

What is an Executive Summary?

An executive summary is a brief section at the top of your resume that summarizes your most important abilities and expertise. Despite its name, the aim of an executive summary is to provide extra context on the extent and relevance of your accomplishments, not simply summarize the information already in your resume.

Important factors to consider for your resume executive summary 

  1. Keep it to a maximum of 100 words or 3-5 lines.
  2. Start with your job title and how many years you’ve worked in the position or business.
  3. Be specific — use hard numbers and metrics to demonstrate your accomplishments.

An executive summary’s purpose is to put the most important facts about your candidacy up front, where it will be more likely to attract a recruiter’s eye. Consider it a resume’s elevator pitch: rather of dispersing details about your skills across 2-3 pages of a resume, the executive summary gathers all of that information in one spot for quick reference.

How to write an executive summary for your resume

  • Start with a job title that’s specific to the position you’re looking for. If you want to work in executive marketing, you may use titles like Marketing Director or CMO.
  • Highlight 2-3 of your most significant achievements from your past jobs to demonstrate your seniority and effect.
  • To provide further perspective, include metrics and concrete numbers. Make an effort to connect your achievements to the financial results of your prior employer (e.g. increase in revenue, decrease in costs)

Tailor your summary to the roles you want

You should also make sure that your summary is tailored to the organization and position you’re applying for. Hiring managers are selective when it comes to applicants who apply for any and all senior roles, so make sure your summary is tailored to the exact post. Consider the following scenario:

Highlight key finance projects if you’re seeking for a financial position (e.g., CFO).

Include technical accomplishments if you’re looking for a technical position (e.g., CIO or CTO).

If you’re submitting an application to a larger company (such as the Fortune 500), stress substantial structural projects.

If you’re applying to start-ups, focus on projects you’ve taken from concept to launch.

Executive summaries should be more in-depth than a typical resume summary. You can highlight your most notable accomplishments with a few bullet points. Highlights from your professional experience, qualifications, awards, or anything else that demonstrates why you’d be a good fit for the job can be included.

Examples of executive summaries

Example 1.

Receptionist with over 4 years’ experience working in both the public and private sectors. Diplomatic, personable, and adept at managing sensitive situations. Highly organized, self-motivated, and proficient with computers. Looking to boost students’ satisfactions scores for  University of Bamenda. Bachelor’s degree in communications.

Eample 2:

I am an experienced professional seeking an opportunity to use my background in data analysis and market trend research. I am a dedicated and detail-oriented marketing specialist looking for an opportunity to expand my professional skillset and help LiGroup Company grow.

Targeted your Resume to win

It can be challenging to find work when you don’t have a lot of experience. Creating a focused resume for the job you want can truly help you advance your career. LibraJobs has a team of career counselors who can assist you in creating your own tailored CV. Make sure to email them at info@librajobs.net.

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