Summary of Qualifications

   The Summary of Qualifications portion of your resume consists of a few brief statements    describing why you are the perfect candidate for the job. It should compliment the    objective and explain why you stand out from others.

   Things you can list in your summary:

  • Highlights of relevant experience
  • Unique skills/qualities
  • Other languages you speak
  • Awards/Accomplishments in past jobs
  • Sales figures if you helped generate revenue in previous work
  • How many people you managed
  • Relevant classes or certifications you've achieved
  • Interests/Passions relevant to the job
  • Anything that shows you're absolutely qualified!

   Here are some examples:

You can choose to do bullet style like these...

Or you can choose to write in paragraph form, which is called the functional format (as I mentioned in the Choose Your Format section).

Priority Tip: The functional format is mainly recommended for those who have advanced, upper-level experience, who are looking for a career change, or have long gaps in their work history.

If you are unsure, the safest method is going with the traditional, bullet-point style.

Do's & Don'ts


  • List any computer skills you have that are needed in the job.
    • "Proficient in MAC or PC."
    • "Type 65 wpm."

  • Include your good reputation status if you are known for something positive.
    • "Reputation for gaining the most sales and credit card applications in the store."

  • Carefully read over the job requirements you're applying for and incorporate those in your summary.
  • For example, you're applying for a marketing internship, and the ad requires that you have an interest for online social networking and have an outgoing personality.
    • "Strong knowledge in social networking sites, such as Facebook & Twitter."
    • "Enthusiastic persona with an active drive for marketing."

  • Indicate numbers and symbols that make your sentences pop out.
    • "Over 5 years of auto sales experience with produced revenue of $50 million"
    • looks better than
      "Over five years of auto sales experience with produced revenue of fifty million dollars."


  • Put a passion you have that is irrelevant to the job.
  • Type any words in bold or italics.
  • List any more than 5-9 bullets. For a functional resume, only one paragraph and no more than 5-7 lines.
  • Lie about a language that you don't even speak... If you do understand enough of a language but wouldn't consider yourself fluent, you may indicate as "Semi-fluent in ..."

For students or recent college graduates who need more help, click on this link: Summary of Qualifications for Students

Otherwise, move on to the next section - Education.

Or go back to Resume Outline.