When you’re writing a resume, you should know that a hiring manager only scans most resumes. If they have to go through dozens of resumes every day, then they don’t have time to fully read every resume that every person turns in. They’re glancing through sections, skimming the work history and relevant skills, and likely moving on to the next resume. That’s where a resume introduction comes into play. A resume introduction can make your hiring manager more likely to stop and read your whole resume, allowing you to argue more effectively for the new job.
The best hook for your resume, regardless of your resume format, will always be your absolute best achievement. Were you a product manager on a $150,000 project? Make that your hook. Did you work in human resources and process over 1,000 requests? Start your introduction with that fact. You need to include whatever will make an interviewer stop and stare.
Yes. Not only are resume introductions fairly short, which means they should only take you a few minutes for each introduction, but also personalizing the introduction for each job posting means that you can send the right message with each resume. The professional resume that you send in for one job is not always the best resume for another, and personalizing your introduction helps you ensure that it’s always the best one.
You typically need between two to four achievements for your resume introduction. This is enough for you to showcase why your job search should end here, and a hiring manager should immediately pick you out for a job interview. Any more than that, and you’re likely to lose the snappiness of the introduction.