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How to write the introduction in your resume

Regardless of the industry a professional belongs to, writing a resume can be a daunting task, and more so when it has to be written right from scratch. No matter how many samples one refers to,  writing the first few lines in a resume can lead even the smartest of minds to freeze.

So, what is it that makes an introduction so challenging? Well, the answer is simple. The introduction is essentially the win or bust element of the resume. If your employer finds it compelling enough, you’re in for the interview and probably the job too. If not, your resume ends in the recycle bin.  After all, the introduction sets the tone for the resume and speaks volumes about your aptitude and attitude, both of which are paramount to a potential employer.

Now that we know why an introduction holds immense significance, let us take a close look at three of the time-tested styles of introduction that have the ability to capture the imagination of an employer.

Career Objective as Introduction:

This style of introduction is meant for job-seekers who are either fresh out of college/educational institute or have as little as 1-2 years of experience. In order to formulate a fascinating Career Objective, one must include the following elements –

  • Internship or Work Experience (if any)
  • Major skills, qualities, and abilities
  • Degrees and certificates

The idea is to let the recruiter know and understand that you’re willing to put in both, hard and smart work and that you have the capability and educational backing to do so.

Qualifications Summary as Introduction:

This introduction style is best suited for professionals who have extensive experience, and are either looking for a better job profile or a different field of work. Here, the introduction should preferably be written down in bullet points, explaining the various qualifications of the candidate with respect to certain important aspects, such as –

  • Management Skills
  • Ability to hold a Position of Authority
  • Communication Skills
  • Creative Dexterity
  • Proficiency

The trick is to establish the best qualities at the top, and then continue with the rest.

Targeted Profile as Introduction

For all we know, this profile is the one that is aimed the particular organization that the professional is aiming to get recruited in. Right from his career objective to his skill set, everything is meticulously picked to prove the individual’s worthiness with respect to the growth of the organization. Here, anything that doesn’t concern the new job profile or the company goals is eliminated from the resume. This introduction style resonates well with individuals with 3-6 years of experience, who wish to offer a value proposition to the recruiters.

We hope that you now have a clear idea regarding each of the introduction styles and why are they important in their own respects.