Resumes are scanned and glanced at today. To get attention in a group of hundreds, if not thousands, one must have an eye-catching, attention-grabbing headline. In advertising, we would call it a mind-set.

It tells the reader this person is special and worth of reading further. This headline is the first and second lines of the summary, which should appear at the top of the resume under the contact information. Most summaries are generic in nature and tell us the obvious. Therefore, they are not effect.

For example:

A professional manager with skills in organization, planning, and troubleshooting who is seeking an opportunity in a growth-orientated company.

Now let's be honest. Every executive has some degree of organization, planning, and troubleshooting capabilities and of course, we all want growth-orientated companies so it is a  totally meaningless statement that is passed over. It did not excite. It did not grab. I am not impressed. The key is to sum up what makes this person special. A combinations of skills that are unique.

For example a utility executive:

A recognized leader in nuclear energy who has planned, developed, and managed programs and systems for government agencies, private facilities, and at the highest levels of military



Another for a program and contacts manager:

Over 18 years as a highly skilled and certified contracts and program manager having been

recruited by Fortune 500 corporations and the US Air Force to manage high priority negotiations and international projects.


Finally a food service manager:

Selected to operate the largest facility of its kind in the United Sates containing 2,300 buildings on 6,700 acres serving 34,000 people with values in excess of $2.6 billion.

The second sentence in the summary should contain the key words that support the objective. The trick here is to make sure they all support the first statement.

For example for a healthcare executive our sentence read:

Acknowledged for hospital operations to include:

Public Health Services Healthcare Benefits Budgets

Environmental Safety Risk Management Claims

Compliance with federal, sate, local, and industry standards and laws


For a human resources manager our second sentence reads

Areas of expertise and experience include:


Personnel Management Gender Policies Workforce Planning

Government Regulations Cost Reductions Technology Applications

Forming Strategy Alliances and Partnerships


By combination a powerful opening sentence with key words that sell value and skills, the resume will get the attention and results you are seeking.