How To Write A Resume Professional Summary (2021)

Are you guys aware of the two terms “Summary of Skills” or “Summar of qualifications”? These are also referred to as professional summary.

A professional summary can be really useful whenever you are having a great amount of experience or you are planning to switch your job.

While writing a professional summary for your resume you have to keep in mind that you have to highlight your skills, qualifications, past achievements and you have to convince the employer that why you are a perfect fit for this job role.


Well, there are 3 types of format that you can choose from to write your own professional summary for your resume. These are Bulleted List Format, Column Format, and the paragraph Format. Although i never recommend you guys to go with paragraph format because of it’s less readability and it makes the stuff boring. We will discuss it more later in this article.

Let’s take a look at each of them one by one.

Bulleted List 

This is the best way to put your thoughts in front of anyone within few lines. The main point here is to showcase your best skills, qualifications, etc in the form of bullet points. Make sure you won’t cross more than 2 lines or it will look like a paragraph and believe me nobody wants to read the paragraph.

Here is an example of a bullet list.


Just imagine you are a photoshop expert and applying for a photoshop designer job role then you can type something like this.

• Hands-on Photoshop master, having expertise in creating engaging front end-user interfaces.

• Expert on utilizing progressed plan methods.

If you are a digital marketer, then you could say:

• Hands-on digital marketer focused on producing leads and deals.

• Have expertise in SEO, SMM, and all the other online promotion methods and techniques.

Column Format 

This is a way of representing your skills in few words, you just have to mention the skill name and in the case of education, you can mention your degree or certificates.

Here are some examples of column format.

If you are a Graphic Designer, then you could list your skills as:

• Graphics Designer

• Illustration Expert

• UI Designer

• UX Expert

Paragraph format 

This is the format that I will never recommend you to use because it is very hard to read. A lot of information is fired in a very small space that makes it messy and difficult to read. Nobody wants to read those huge and giant paragraphs telling about your skills and experience.

That’s why I told you to avoid this format at the beginning of this article because no matter how much skills and experience you have if you are not able to put it across properly you are not going to get a job.

So now you must have got an idea about the formats available to write an engaging resume summary, but do you know how what skills to list in your resume for any specific job.

How can you find the best skills for listings?

It’s quite easy, just read the job description and have a look at the skills that the job recruiters are looking for after that you can list all those skills that intersect with your experience.

You can also list skills that are not mentioned in the job roles but that you think can help you to make your profile stronger. For example, if you are applying for a digital marketing job, you can list your basic skills as follows:

• Digital Marketing Expert

Now digital marketing itself has many skills, if you have expertise in any of the skills related to digital marketing you can mention all of them one by one, such as:

• Advertising specialist

So, in case of this job requirement, assuming that you possess both marketing and advertising skills, at the bare minimum, you can list your core skills as:

• Online Marketing Expert

• Advertising specialist

Let’s look at another example to make things clearer.

If you are applying for the role of a Project Manager and have a PMP certification, then you can list your skills as:

• Project Management Expert

• Certified Project Management Professional (PMP)

As you read through and understand more about the job requirement, you can list all the intersecting and related skills for that job in the formats that we have just seen.

Now go ahead and start creating the list of Professional Summary!

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