Personal Profile Examples

A Personal Profile is who you are

Personal profiles are the hardest things to write so I thought I’d show you a few examples of profiles I’ve written for previous clients. You’ll see they’re written in an easily-customisable framework structure so specific words can be removed and replaced depending on what’s required for the position you’re applying for and what skills and experience you personally have.

5 personal profile examples

1) “I am a commercially-aware Business Analyst and qualified Management Accountant with over 14 years experience working with high-profile global organisations. Analytical with strong systems skills, I specialise in structuring, standardising and streamlining financial reporting processes to provide more accurate and productive systems that enhance data visibility and facilitate better business decisions.”

2) “I am a confident, highly driven graduate with practical hands-on customer service and travel experience. Resourceful and proactive, I combine effective communication skills with detailed product knowledge to identify commercial opportunities and deliver a satisfactory outcome for both customer and company whilst working alone and as part of a larger team.  I am currently looking for an opportunity to further my career within the travel and tourism industry.”

3) “I am an accomplished client-facing Programme Manager with over 10 years experience of systems and application development within the finance and credit card industries. Proficient in managing a large multi-disciplinary team to deliver complex international projects, I combine excellent strategic planning abilities with strong communication skills to ensure client projects are delivered on time and within budget.”

4) “I am a Senior Account Manager with extensive experience working at board level with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders across both private and public sectors. Adept at financial planning and project management, I have an solid track record of using advanced research, analysis, strategic planning and negotiation skills to successfully develop business initiatives whilst maximising profit, minimising cost and driving continuous change.”

5) “I am an award-winning Senior Sales Executive with over eight years managerial and client handling experience. An effective communicator, I have a proven track-record of combining a strong product knowledge with excellent negotiation skills to identify and  maximise sales opportunities and deliver results in high-pressured target-based environments.”

You can download 15 more examples here.

(These example personal profiles reflected the skills and experience of each individual CV client and their CV showed evidence of this statement – so you need to do the same!)

Tips on writing your personal profile

  • Write your personal profile last. By the time you’ve written your career history and skills summary I promise your profile will be much easier to write as you’re simply summarising everything you’ve just written.
  • Write your career history backwards. Have your current or last job at the top of the CV of ocurse, but start by writing your earliest job first and work your way upwards. This is how your career actually happened and it will flow much better – I write loads of CVs and this is definitely the best way to do it!
  • Constantly keep in mind that a recruiter doesn’t care about you – they just want to know what’s in it for them. You need to make it very clear what you did, how you did it, why you did it and what the results were. Download some free example CVs here.
  • Focus your profile on what you’re all about (‘if you hire me,  this is what you’ll get’ kind of thing) as recruiters prefer a specialist to a generalist. They want to know what you’ll bring to the role/organisation.
  • Your CV should be laser-focused to the position you’re applying for so you must tailor your CV for each job. If you just send out a general CV to every company then you’re not going to get an interview, it’s as simple as that.
  • Having a great personal profile is pointless if the rest of your CV is rubbish.  Learn how to write a CV that gets you every interview you go for by buying the Anatomy of a CV. I wrote it specifically to show you how to write a stand-out CV that gets you called to interview. It’s how I write CVs for people so I know it works!
  • Applying to job ads isn’t actually the most successful way of finding a new job. Sign up to my free four-day email guide to getting your dream job (in the sidebar) and learn which way is. The guide covers everything from CVs and profiles to covering letters and interviews. It also comes with a ton of free stuff including templates and examples.