Quickly Get your Business Manager Resume Noticed, with a Compelling Summary

The resume summary is a very rich section designed to quickly demonstrate you've got what it takes! Let's look at two examples of very compelling resume summaries for business managers.

1. Highlights of resume for Kiwi Inc.

  • MBA in business administration and Six Sigma black belt, with 17 years of experience in high technology and pharma.
  • Solid communicator with expertise in international and cross-cultural communications and business relations.
  • Executively sponsored a Lean Sigma project moving all customer support in-house (formerly managed by a third party), saving $500K annually.
  • Established a risk management practice in the Global Network Services team. Directed the creation and implementation of a Business Continuity Plan, SOX compliance, and the management of audit programs.

2. Summary for Manufacturer XYZ Inc.

  • Dynamic and results driven operations leader with demonstrated record of maximizing productivity while minimizing expenses in a global landscape.
  • Over 11 years management experience; proficient in all warehousing procedures from EDI (reading, mapping and
    programming) to WMS, Inventory Control, B2C, B2B, drayage, budgeting, labor management, ...
  • Key accomplishment - Led payment collection effort by correcting over 15K invoices and negotiating payment plan with distributors which reduced bad debt by 90%.
  • Key accomplishment - Created many processes and procedures at [Company], from inbound handling, QC, to outbound shipping and invoicing.

The goal of the summary is to: 1. show you qualify and 2. build a strong first impression. And you do that very, very quickly, in a few bullets.

"Business manager" is a fairly broad concept, ranging from Operations to HR, Finance to IT, and many things in between. However, there are often a lot of similarities among managers: hiring people and overseeing a team, managing processes, handling budgets... This article is about these very similarities. Which means that you should be able to easily adapt the examples above to your current job search.

Of course, your personal expertise and industry knowledge should also come across, when relevant. If you need help with this, the Resume Hacking blog is a great place to find it.

Make sure your resume summary is tailored!

As I often repeat, accomplishments are the strongest elements of your resume, because they make you stand out from the crowd of managers. On your resume, you want as many accomplishments as possible. But in your summary, you have to choose a few that seem most relevant for the specific job you're applying for. Which means that your summary repeats your key accomplishments.

It's a smart thing to be redundant with the most valuable info on your resume! A potential employer won't mind that you insist on establishing a risk management practice or reducing bad debt by 90%!

If you write a strong summary using these tips, potential employers are much more likely to give your resume a good read. And that's a necessary step to getting more interviews!

More tips for business managers

If you're looking for more advice specifically for business managers, check out 5 accomplishments for business managers. But if you feel like 5 isn't enough, get the Business Manager Resume Hacking e-book!