There are no rules for what title to use. However headings such as Personal Statement, Personal Profile or simply Profile. As long as its appropriate to the section, its fine.
You might find your CV hard to write if you haven’t done one before. The hardest part of any CV is your profile, because it explains the whole of your CV explained in one paragraph. You will need to filter out all the best and most important information from the rest of your CV. Also, as this is the first section of your CV, make sure it has impact to encourage the reader to read on. You’ve only got about 5 seconds to get it right!
What should your personal profile include?:
A bit about your personality and attributes that make you suitable for the role eg:
- How many years experience in which industries? For example: retail, hospitality etc.
- What key roles have you performed that have made a real impact? Include your major selling points – this may change depending on the role you’re applying for.
- Make it around 6 lines long and concise.
- What type of work you are looking for and in what size of company ie: small business or corporate organisation?
Your CV profile is a summary which will give the reader a very quick and concise account of you. You can include some of this in a covering letter, not repeated but in more detail.
Should I tailor the profile?
Absolutely, depending on the role you are applying for! But your profile should always be focused on your achievements and why you are suited to the role. Explain how your key strengths and attributes will make you the perfect candidate for the role.
How long should my profile be?
About six lines maximum. Keep it be concise, with short lines of information. If you can’t get the message across in a maximum of six lines, the profile is probably too complicated.
Use the third person:
‘A pro-active, confident, responsible, creative individual with over 11 years of experience to Manager level across a range of industries, including product manufacturing, hygiene and healthcare, and the NHS within small and large companies. Results orientated with a career history demonstrating solving issues and improving processes to achieve targets and success. Effective relationship building with customers has led to securing high value contracts with a range of projects. Focussed on cost saving and constantly looking for ways to increase account value, while delivering excellent service.’
This candidate had previously been unemployed for several months due to redundancy. After coming to me at Premium CVs, I re-worked his CV. The whole process gave him a huge boost to his confidence, which resulted in a short and successful his job search, securing a role that was ‘made’ for him.
Article written by Sue Edwards, Premium CVs.
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