There's an old adage for writers pitching a movie in Hollywood: If the premise can't fit on the back of a business card, it's dead in the water.
That's maxim holds true for your resume, as well. Career experts agree: You need to open your resume with a short, concise explanation of who you are, what you can do and why you should be hired.
Think of it as an elevator pitch, notes Pamela Skillings, interview coach and co-founder of Big Interview.
"Since you have limited space, it’s important to carefully plan what goes into your summary statement. Your statement must be concise and represent the strongest elements of you as a professional," she notes.
So, piece of cake, right?
It will be a lot easier if you read Skillings' excellent article on how to do just that.
For example, check out her example of a good resume summary statement for an "IT Director":
"A proven leader of IT startups and established operations offers expertise in defining technical strategies that support overall business objectives. Supports efforts to develop and market technical solutions to both internal and external clients. Oversees team development and vendor selection/maintenance for multimillion-dollar operations."
Here's her example for "Computer/Hardware Specialist/Team Supervisor":
"Leverages technical expertise on hardware setup/configuration to provide exceptional user support and resolve critical operational issues. Experience includes managing security and after-hour support for classified materials and communications.
Known for creating and implementing training that expands team member capabilities and instructs users on system utilization/improvement. Works with government, civilian, and corporate stakeholders."
Click below for Skillings' three steps for writing an effective opening statement, terms and phrasing to include - and avoid - and more.