We recommend spending 20 minutes on this section
Now that you have a few key transferable skills in mind, you can start crafting a summary statement. Summary statements are critical for career pivoters: this is where you can tell employers exactly why you're qualified for a role.
They should be short – no more than a sentence or two – and to the point.
Summary Statement Template
First, go back to your skill analysis and identify one or two things that make you a great fit for your new career. With your greatest strengths in mind, it's time to come up with a draft.
Let's break it down
[Strong Adjective] + [Job Title] + [Level of Experience] + [Key Feature in Career].
It's really that simple! Here's a great real-life example:
Social media-focused Marketing Manager with four years of experience growing small businesses through customer-centric content campaigns.
Let's take a moment to think about what else makes this summary statement work. First, it's specific. Instead of using a generic adjective like "talented" or "driven," this person chose to share her specific area of expertise – in this case, social media. Second, it uses result-oriented language. This person doesn't just write content or develop marketing campaigns – she grows small businesses! Focusing on your accomplishments helps set you apart from the pack and emphasizes your value to new employers. Your transferable skills are your guide as you craft a specific, results-oriented summary statement. Use them to think about what you want to emphasize and which accomplishments to highlight.
Based on the above, do you see a style of the role you are pivoting for that’s beginning to emerge? A particular industry, company size, etc?
Jot down the above thoughts so that you can come back to them as we prepare for network and company building.