What is a Summary Statement?

A Summary Statement is a brief introduction of your skills and abilities as they relate to the position. It is used to answer questions about your past experience and education. The Summary Statement is made up of three parts.

  • Describe your years of relevant experience and related education.
  • Highlight technical and non-technical skills or other special knowledge.
  • Provide personal qualities and job-related values that are relevant to your desired position.

Sample Question: Tell me about yourself.

Answer: I have over five years of experience as an Administrative Assistant. Throughout my career I have worked in fast-paced business environments. My key skills include typing 60+wpm, working with the advanced features of MS Word and Excel, and responding to customer questions. I have extensive experience coordinating and scheduling travel, special events, and projects for senior management. I would say that I am dependable, self-motivated, and known for producing high quality results.

Click here to download a worksheet to help you create your own Summary Statement.

Click here to view a list of sample interview questions where the Summary Statement could be used.