A resume summary acts as a promotional prelude or blurb to the rest of your document. It’s the first section of your resume highlighting something that might not otherwise be obvious. As a career switcher use it wisely to direct the recruiter’s attention to the relevance of your experience with the job description and explain the context of your application and why you are a good fit for the role, even if your experience is in a completely different field.

A sample summary for a career switch resume summary is:

Erstwhile teacher transitioning into a content writer role, seeking entry-level/lateral opening in your digital marketing/communications team. Upskilled with relevant certification(s) (x), (y), (z) and credited with (x) relevant accomplishment (use Action Verb + Accomplishment + Result Metric). Hone diverse transferable skills (x), (y), (z) from my earlier stints that are significant and will add value to this new role.

Results-driven compute engineer, skilled at Python and Ruby delivering coding excellence to (xx) clients.  Developed 3 webapps and 5 mobile apps. Contributed to 7 GitHub projects and debugged 17 apps. Wrote back-end code for 40 working business websites. Leveraging background as a software developer to write for highly technical audiences. Seeking a role in crafting both internal and user-facing support/learning documentation.

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