How To Write A Resume Professional Summary (2021)

A professional summary which is also referred as a “Summary of Skills” or “Summary of Qualifications”.

When you are having a great amount of experience or when you are planning to switch your job, the professional summary could be of great help.

YOur main goal is to highlight your skills, qualifications, interests, and your strong points that why you are a perfect fit for this particular job role.

If I tell you, then there are a total of 3 types of formats that you can choose to write your own professional summary. These two are Bulleted list format and Column Format.

There is also another format called the Paragraph format, but I do not recommend using it. We will discuss about why to avoid the Paragraph Format later in this article.

Bulleted List 

This is a great way to speak one or two lines about core skills that you have. Try to summarize the skill and make sure it is no more than 2 lines by writing a quick, concise summary of your skill.

Make sure you avoid going beyond 2 lines otherwise it will start looking more like a paragraph, which is undesirable.

Remember: Avoid paragraph format. Let us take a look at some examples of bulleted


In the event that you are a Photoshop planner, at that point you could state:

• Hands-on Photoshop master zeroed in on planning engaging and appealing front-end User Interface.

• Expert on utilizing progressed plan methods.

If you are an online Marketer, then you could say:

• Hands-on online advertiser focused on producing leads and deals.

• Have all the current information about the internet promoting and different financially savvy publicizing mediums.

Column Format 

This is a great way to showcase your skillset in just 2-3 words and not exceeding a single line. This usually consists of your skillsets spread across in 2 columns.

Let’s look at some examples:

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

• Graphics Designer

• Illustration Expert

• UI Designer

• UX Expert

Paragraph format 

Although this resume format exists, I do not recommend using it. The paragraph format is difficult to read due to the multitude of information in a focused space, thus making it difficult to read and easily understand the message you are trying to convey.

So, make sure you AVOID using this format in your resume.

Great, now you know the types of formats available and how you can use them to write a summary of qualifications. But do you know what skills to list for a specific job requirement?

How do you find the best people for listings?

Well, it’s easy! Read through the job description and its requirements and list the skills that intersect with your experience.

In addition, make sure you list the skills associated, even if it is not mentioned in the job description. For example, if you are applying for an online marketer job, you can list your basic skills as follows:

• Online Marketing Expert

In addition to this, if you have related skills such as advertising, then along with the core skill, you can also add the related skill 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!

That’s all for this article, see you in the next article.

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