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Thursday, June 29, 2006

The Resume: Summary of Qualifications

By Rachel Whitmire

This part of the resume comes after your objective. The Summary of Qualifications is something that many people leave off their resume, but I highly recommend that it be included. This is where you have a chance to brag about skills and qualifications that might not make it into your resume otherwise.

This section of your resume should be in a bulleted list. Include at least four items, but don't put in more than six. If the list is too long, then your prospective employer may not read it.

Keep in mind that these need to be your best qualities and they should be things that fit with the job you are interested in. For example, if you are a wonderful welder, but you are applying to be a medical office assistant, then your skills at welding aren't exactly relevant.

Take some time to come up with your qualifications and make sure that they represent you well and that they put you in the best light.

Here are some examples that others have put in their summary:

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Five years experience as a medical transcriptionist
  • Motivated and reliable employee
  • Strong sales background
  • Experience in Microsoft Word and Windows XP
  • Type 30 words per minute
  • Experience in data entry and ten-key
  • Ability to lead and motivate team members
  • Dependable and prompt
  • Self starter
  • Maintains an excellent working relationship with coworkers and supervisors
  • Skilled in taking and filling orders
  • Three years in sales and marketing
  • Accepted inbound calls
  • Met the needs of customers
  • Resolved customer complaints
  • Maintained positive working relationship with customers

The important thing to remember when creating your Summary of Qualifications is to be positive about yourself. Don't go into this thinking "I can't do anything" or "I don't have any relevant skills". That just isn't true. Everyone has skills and character qualities that are valued by employers. Take the time to discover yours and then put them in your resume for the world to see!

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