A Personal Profile is who you are

Personal profile examples

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 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 systems and application development experience within the finance and credit card industries. Proficient in managing large multi-disciplinary teams to deliver complex, multi-faceted 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.”


  • Having a great personal profile is pointless if the rest of your CV is rubbish so I’ve created a step-by-step guide that shows you exactly how to write a fantastic CV that gets you every interview you go for. Find out more.
  • Want some more? Get 20 more personal profile examples here.


Jackie Hourihan

This is a great help to people with all that experience but I am trying to support my 23 year old son secure a job within the oil gas industry. he has the required qualifications but no experience.

John is trying to find a job on shore so he can go off shore. He is a very focused individual but does not have an impressive work record.

Joanne Munro

Hi Jackie, it’s very hard for me to comment without knowing your sons exact situation and history but these examples are aimed at helping people who do have experience of some kind (otherwise there would be no post here!) Your son doesn’t have to write about the experience he has, but he can write about the skills he has instead. A CV can often be a bit ‘smoke & mirrors’; you don’t lie, but you don’t have to write everything down either. A potential employer doesn’t necessarily want the person’s life story, they just want to know information relevant to the position on offer.

If your son has the qualifications he needs but not the experience then he could use LinkedIn or research online to find out who in the companies he wants to work for can give him advice and then contact them directly saying that he wants to work for them, has the skills and training, and wants to see if they have any opportunities to help him gain some experience – or can they advise him of the best course of action he should take. A lot of people just wait until jobs are advertised but if you approach companies directly it makes more of an impression and you might just get them right before they’re about to place an advert.

Try to get him to ‘think around’ the problem: he wants to work in the oil/gas industry so he needs to find out how he can do that. Contacting the right people directly for advice is a good way to do this – if they don’t reply then he hasn’t lost anything and it might just get him where he wants to go. He needs to make finding a job his main goal and spend all his spare time doing it – it’s very competitive out there and he can be sure that the people who are really going out of their way are the ones getting noticed.
Good luck. x


I have always been told or advised that we should be writing our profiles and covering letters in context as a third person, and not to use “I am” throughout the who exercise.

Please confirm this is correct.



Joanne Munro

Hi Ivor, some people write them in the third person and, although it’s not strictly speaking wrong, it sounds pretentious, weird and old fashioned. It sounds odd like you’re writing about someone else and not yourself. Whilst some recruiters don’t mind most think it’s dreadful practice and puts them right off. So why take the risk I say! I always write CVs in the first person and refuse to do otherwise. I’ve researched it extensively and first person seems to be the general right way to do it – plus I think referring to yourself in the third person is just weird!


These tips and examples are very much helpful.My daughter has completed her course and its practicals in hospitality.She has made several applications with no success.Could you please assist with an example of a profile for hospitality with no experience

Joanne Munro

Hi Christian, I don’t know your daughters exact skill set and whether she has any other hospitality experience (she should at least have worked in a hotel or restaurant to get some experience) but here’s a profile I wrote for someone who had just finished an events course. Obviously I told her she HAD to get some practical experience otherwise it looked like she had no drive or understanding that you need some kind of idea what the job is actually like!

“I am a confident, new qualified events graduate with a thorough theoretical understanding of event and project management. Organised and resourceful, I have a strong customer service background and am adept at delivering a high level of service whilst building a strong rapport with clients at all levels. After the recent completion of my Event and Wedding Planning course, I am now looking for my first step into event management.”

She could then just adapt it to suit her own situation, skills, and experience. If she has practical experience then she should say “practical and theoretical understanding…”

I hope this helps. x


I was struggling with my personal profile, and would love not to add it, but I do realise it is helpful. Your e.g’s were helpful, but I would like to know if it is possible to write a somewhat more broader profile that can be used when providing a CV for a employment agency, for e.g.
Generally, where employers are able to see it from a wide variety of employment sectors
Over the last 15 years I have approx an equal amount of experience in Data entry/Admin – General Warehouse work and as a Security officer.

You say speaking in the third person is pretentious (I agree), but I would like some advice on writing a personal profile not laden with ‘buzz-words’, as I find that ‘just weird’. For instance, If I was tailoring my personal profile towards security work, I would prefer not to say something like : ‘client-facing’, for e.g.
Not so much ‘management speak’, as it were, more with my feet on the ground such as: ‘Organised and resourceful’.

Joanne Munro

Hi Matthew, It’s MUCH harder to write a Personal Profile when you have experience spanning different sectors – it can often be harder to find work with an untailored CV as well. Your profile could outline your 3 sectors (for example “a career spanning a variety of sectors”) or you could write it based on your skills, or your current/last job, or you could leave it out completely. Each CV is unique depending on the persons experience, skills, personality, sector, position they want etc.

Sadly, a lot of recruiters would look at something you did 15 years ago and think that it was outdated, unrelevent and inapplicable to your current situation so every CV should be tailored for the sector/job you want. A good way to do this is to have ‘Related Career History’ instead of ‘Work Experience’ or just ‘Career History’ and just tailor the CV to the job you want – a generic CV really does make it so much harder to get a job.

The reason a lot of the CVs or profiles have ‘buzz words’ in them is that many recruiters/agencies etc run CVs through Key Word Software. so to you it’s a ‘Buzz Word’ but in recruitment land it’s a ‘Key Word’. Annoyingly a lot of businesses require the use of a lot of poncey business speak so I do have to fit in with what they look for and play the game they want played so I can get my clients interviews. I do also write a lot of CVs for regular folk like Electricians and Factory Workers but I think the examples I used were mainly from more businessy-type CVs though as they’re the types of clients I get the most.

If my CV client is a bloke in the building trade though, I would never write his CV in a way that wouldn’t match both him or the industry he’s in. An example of a Profile I wrote a couple of years ago for a drill cutter was “I am a motivated, hard-working Diamond Cutter and Driller with ten years experience working to tight deadlines in high-pressured hazardous environments. I have supervision experience and I always ensure diligence, professionalism and attention to detail in every task I undertake”. So this was quite basic but reflected the type of bloke he was, how he spoke, and the type of skills/experience he told me his industry would want to see. And your profile would be similar in that way.

I ask each CV client a load of questions throughout their consultation and I start adding things to their ‘good at’ and ‘loves to do’ lists as I go along. I then ask them these questions outright to gain an idea of how they operate. I then make sure that some of the main strengths of the person are stated in their profile or Skills Summary (such as Organised and Resourceful as you mentioned) but I only put them in if the person actually WAS organised and resourceful and if I’ve got evidence of this later in their CV. Getting someone else to write your CV is a good example of resourcefulness actually!

I hope this helps Matthew. It does sounds like you’ve got the right idea and know what employers in your industry would want you to tell them (recruitment agents can be a different matter though), you just need to have a more focused CV/CVs by the sounds of it. x


Thank You. It has helped immensely.

From what you have said, I think the best thing to do is say that I have x amount of experience in X, Y or Z – lets say ‘customer-facing’ roles or ‘As part of a team’…then what I did a few years ago, and what I did 15 years ago can be tied together. I worked as ‘part of a team’ 10-15 years ago, and worked as ‘part of a team’ this year. How more recent can I get!
I think ‘a career spanning a variety of sectors’ is short and to the point, and I could follow on to what I had gained from all three (with out repeating myself).

Fair enough, with regards to having to use some ‘buzz words’ – the whole reason was because of the roles I have had are more ‘blue collar’ than ‘white collar’.
But If I am happy with the ones I use, and it reflects the way I may talk/the bloke I am – I can live with it.

The key point seems to be: ‘I do have to fit in with what they look for and play the game they want played’

I also take on board actually being able to show some evidence for the ‘skills’ I write about. As otherwise it’s just a random set of ‘buzz-word’ that are meaningless, I guess.

I have also definitely decided to flip some ‘responsibilities’ into ‘achievements’ – which should help.

You have definitely reassured, clarified and inspired me.

It is a tight rope, and I am a bit of a perfectionist.
But…I hope I can do better now.

Thank You.
Thank you for putting so much thought into your response.
I appreciate it.



P.S, I also did see the section about employment agencies, but after I had posted my comment. That was some good advice, too.

Joanne Munro

EXACTLY! You got every point I was making. You have to play their game a bit but still be true to who you are so they know what they’re getting when you show up. Also, a big mistake people make is that they pretty much just write out their job description rather than the purpose of what they were doing, the reason for the work they did, what their work resulted in, and how it helped their company.

For example someone who looks at working systems to see if they can be done better is actually creating best practices (or applying lean processes) that maximise resources, increase efficiency, and reduce costs. You see? So now they’ve shown the effect/results/benefits of what they did AND used key words that will get them through recruiting agents software and match the types of words that companies would use in a job ad.

And by writing a Profile and/or a Skills Summary, you get to write about skills that you have but that you might not have used in your current or last job. You still know how to do those things though and can bring them to a new job so it’s a shame to hide them on page 2 where they might not get seen. Better to be at the top of the CV. Pick skills/experience that you have and that the new job WANTS. And achievements are always good.

Most CVs I see are boring, with lots of stuff that’s irrelevant to the job they’re applying for, and lacking detail. Recruiters want to see HOW you did a job and to what result – not so much WHAT you did. Although you do kinda have to write what you did in your Profile so they know what the CVs going to be about!

Glad I could help! x

Johnny catlow

Hi Joanne,

Can i send you my c.v? you could have a quick scan, see if i can tweak it before i send it off for a job….



Joanne Munro

Hi Johnny. If you would like a CV Review then I can do that next week and the fee is £50. I’m afraid that I don’t just check people’s CV over for free as working for nothing would be barmy!


Hi Joanne

This site seems very useful.

I have just completed my degree in business management and have applied to several places with no success.

I have experience in customer service, retail – sales assistant and telesales.

Could you please assist with an example of a personal profile to help me improve my CV?



Joanne Munro

Hi Sofia, as I mentioned, I’m not able to write people’s profiles any more as I’d never get any work done and I don’t know their entire background, but of you use the same framework and formula as these examples and read the advice I’ve outlined in the other blog post and comment sections, you should have all the info you need to write a Profile summary.

My guess is that it’s probably not just your profile that’s the problem but that your CV is unstructured and unclear. Recruiters want to see at a glance what it is you do and what you can offer them. I’ve only ever seen 2 decent CVs and one of them had been professionally written – all the others are unfocused, untailored, lack detail or give too much information, and lack clout. They don’t boldly lay out what that person is all about – how they work and what the results of their work or study were. What they achieved as well as what they did.

Remember that a recruiter is only interested in what you can do for them. They want to see that you match the job spec (if you’re answering an ad) and what you do best. They want to know what you’d bring to their company, and if they can’t tell that by your CV then they won’t bother bringing you in for an interview.

So your CV and Profile will depend on what it is you actually want to do with that degree, what you learned from it, and how and where you want to apply it. Your CV and Profile will vary depending on what job you’re going for as well – telling them tonnes about retail sales assistant work isn’t going to impress them if you’re applying for a job as a Business Developer for instance. Think ‘how does my experience, skill set, and education, apply to this particular job‘ – and then tailor your CV and profile towards it.

I hope that helps. Sorry I can’t write your profile but I’m not you and I don’t know what you’re going for. Plus a great Profile is pointless without a great CV. Good luck! x


Hi Joanne.
I love your blog.It’s quite motivating.I am a graduate of electrical engineering with no practical experience.wat work experience can i put on my CV.your thoughtful response will be appreciated.

Joanne Munro

Hi Samson, although I can’t write your entire Profile as I’m not you, have a look at the Example Profiles page to see how to apply the structure to yourself. You need to outline facts regarding the skills & experience you do have and what you want. A profile I wrote for a graduate in Design Engineering said:

“I am a conscientious, detail-orientated graduate knowledgeable in multiple aspects of Mechanical and Design Engineering. Specialising in sustainable and renewable energy, I excel at experiment testing, reverse engineering and the use of pro-software. A strong communicator with excellent organisational skills, I am currently looking for an opportunity to gain further experience, widen my skill set, and progress my career development in a creative professional environment.”

This was specific to the particular person’s situation, but you can see the bits that you can remove and replace with your own skills, experience, training, and requirements.

I hope that helps and thank you for loving my blog! I’m working on a cheap paid download at the moment where you can see a complete CV and understand how it’s structured in order to apply the info to your own circumstances. x


Im fresh graduate from law school, how can I write a personal profile .
Im going to apply to law firm.
About me: im so energetic person, fast-learner and naturally I communicate well with others.
Could you help me to write it? :)

Joanne Munro

Hi Rania, thank you for your enquiry. See the comment I just wrote for the electrical Engineering Graduate as that should apply to you as well. Remember to focus on the EXACT things that apply to your own situation however, so think about what you’re good at – and not just that you’re energetic or learn fast, think about what you did well and loved doing on your course (assimilating and analysing complex data, articulating yourself and formulating and presenting a good argument etc) then make that your USP. Perhaps outline what aspects of the course you liked best & what area of law you’d like to focus on. Make sure they know what makes you different than the next graduate and what you excel in as that will grab their interest more. x


Hi Joanne, after reading all of your tips and advice, a personal summary is basically a short and brief description about yourself, (with your strongest points outlined) to try and draw the reader to read on towards the rest of your cv, and hopefully secure you an interview. Aslo detailing not only what you did but, how you did it and what the results were, and how it could help the business as well as it been relevant to the job your applying for? did i get that right or am i missing something??

really appreciate all that you have written! its definitely opened my eyes a lot and have answered quite a few questions or doubts iv had about writing a cv for myself. i dont want my cv to sound like someone elses or similar to others but rather come from someplace real rather than sounding a little robotic?if you know what i mean???

anyways i look forward to your response..




Joanne Munro

You have hit the nail square on the head Jean. That is EXACTLY what you do in your personal profile – EXACTLY!!

I’m so glad you got it and summarised it so nicely, and I’m very happy and chuffed that you like my site. I so want to help people to write their CV and really hope the information I’ve provided points them in the right direction. You should be proud that you don’t want your CV to sound like everyone else’s – the information I put on here has to be tailored to suit each person and I very much hope people aren’t just copying it and using it without making any changes as their profile won’t match their experience and they won’t get an interview. My CVs always get people interviews because they are deeply individual and specifically tailored to reflect that particular person’s experience and unique skill set.

You’ve made my day Jean. x


Hi Joanne, thanks for that! of course i wouldn’t of got any of that kind of help if it wasn’t for your site so using the information you have provided it will definitely help me with my cv, and as you can see based on my last reply it already has! so thanks again! also ill be looking into the message youve sent me and will get back to you as soon as i can! (its getting close to midnight here in Nz:) need to get this cv done, so any advice with cv’s is much appreciated!)

keep up the awesome work!

kind regards


Michael Kimuli

Hi Joanne,

I am impressed by your advice and guidance in regards writing Profiles. I believe your services are priceless and are helping many people to start or continue their careers and achieve their dreams.

What kind of profile would you recommend for someone with a long Social work career who wants to change career to a sales man career? Is it only the transfer of skills that matters?

Joanne Munro

Thank you for your kind comments Michael – I’m glad you find the site useful. Changing career can be a bit tricky because people are lazy and they will usually hire the person with years of experience who can just come in and get on with the job rather than take a punt on a newcomer. That said, it’s not impossible but you’ll probably have more luck getting into a new profession through someone you know in that industry than just randomly applying for jobs to people who don’t know you.

Any new employer will want to see that you have the skills to do the job so you’re going to HAVE to have some experience – you just are and there’s not really any way of getting around that. So find a way to get the experience you need – this will normally mean going in at a lower level and learning as you go. I can’t see how you can go from a social worker to a salesman in one step without having a lot of transferable skills and experience. I’d probably look at a connected sales role so something connected to social care where there’s at least some kind of link. Going from social care to selling cars for example is a much bigger jump but there might be someone willing to take you on as a junior to learn the ropes.

Your other skills are of course really important. You’re probably good at negotiating with people, overcoming challenging situations, being able to explain things clearly, communicating well with others to achieve a positive outcome for all involved etc. All these skills are really useful in sales (or any job) but you will need some experience as well. You wouldn’t hire someone who had no experience so getting that experience will be your main goal.

Also have a think about WHY you want to be in sales now. If you’ve had enough of your job then think about what bits about it you do like and what you’re really good at and if there’s a way to move sideways in your industry instead of out of it completely. You might just be sick and tired of your particular role but might not want to move away from helping others – so working for a charity might appeal for example. Charity fundraising might be a better switch as it has elements of helping people as well as persuading others to part with their time or money for a good cause.

Profile-wise you’ll need to emphasise and focus on the skills and experience the people hiring you will care about and skirt around the stuff they don’t care about so much. You’ll still need some experience though – paid or not.

Michael Kimuli

Thanks Joanne for your feedback. You could make a really good counselor.

Thanks once again for your advice. I would recommend your website to my friends…



okunlola Ibrahim

Hi Joanne,thank for the good work.you have really helped a lot with the posting.I am a graduate of industrial chemisty.I’d like your help on how to construct my personal profile.

Joanne Munro

Hi there, I wrote the ‘How to Write a Personal Profile’ blog post to help people see how to write their profile so give it a read through (and all the comments as well as I’ve written extensively in the comments on that post and this one) and you should be fine. I do offer writing personal profiles as a service (see the services page) for a fee but I’m unavailable now until the beginning of September now.


Hi – you blog has been heloful in writing my own CV, however I am trying to help my younger brother and we are stuggling with his personal statement.

Here is what we have so far (not much)

With experience in mold laminating and gel repairs, I am a hardworking and enthusiatic indivdual looking to further my career in the yacht building industry.

He has been doing his current job for 2 years so is experienced in his main role, but also gets involved with other aspects of the job.

He is a very quick learner, and because his is only one part of the boat building process, he has to work to very strict deadlines.

His main goal is to build on his current speciality but also progress to other aspects of boat building.

Can you help in putting this into a well written personal statement?

Many Thanks

Joanne Munro

Hi Tara, I offer this as a paid service but I’m currently working in Wales and unavailable to help anyone until September. You have all the components of his profile in your comment so you just need to use the examples and my extensive advice to other people in the comments section of both personal profile blog posts and put them together into one paragraph. You can do it – I believe in you!!!


Hi Joanne,
I really love the support you’re providing here, it’s very helpful.
I have just graduated in accounting and finance and been struggling to write my personal profile. I would really appreciate if you can help me start it off or steer me in the right direction. I have over 5 years experience in retail. Currently working as a cash office assistant as well as running the shop floor along side the supervisors/manager. I understand you’re a busy person but would be grateful if you could help me.
Kind regards

Joanne Munro

Hi Ali, so if you outline the facts about your situation, skills & experience in the profile, it could start something like “I am a qualified accountant with a degree in finance and five years experience in a retail environment. Commercially-aware with extensive hands-on experience etc… ” then just use some applicable sections from the ‘Personal Profile Examples’ blog post and use the structure from the free Finance CV in the ‘CV Downloads’ section. I hope that helps. x

Joanne Munro

You don’t need a headline for a personal profile – it’s in a box at the top of your CV so it’s clearly a profile!


I am a Volunteer for the Fire Service and I am looking to get into a Retail sales or customer services job. I have been doing the voluntary work for over 2 years. This mainly consists of face to face customer experience and I am also a Cadet Instructor. I am struggling to write a profile, any help ?

Joanne Munro

Hi Jonny, sorry for the delay but I’m on holiday. You have the skills required for customer service-type jobs so you focus just on the applicable ones such as customer assistance, using a knowledge of products and services to help people, communication skills, etc. Have a look at the descriptions in job ads and make your CV match. I offer CV writing as a paid service but I’m now unavailable until the end of September unfortunately. Maybe contact a CV writer in your area if you’re stuck as your CV’s sole purpose is to get you a job worth thousands so is an investment. x


Hi Joanne

I have worked in NHS Administration for 25 years and I am facing the prospect of being made redundant next year. I was straight out of college and into this job and basically worked my way up the the Departmental Manager. I really need some advice on how to start my profile.

Having been in the comfort of the same organisation all these years, I am feeling like a rabbit in the headlights with the structure of CV’s these days !!

I would like to stay in NHS Administration, so I need to present myself well in my profile.

If you could help me with an opening sentence or two I am sure I will be able to build upon that. Thanking you in advance.


Joanne Munro

Hi Alison, I offer this as a paid service but I am unable to take on any more work until the end of September. I’m sure you can appreciate that I get a lot of requests from people asking me to write their profiles for them, but if I did so I’d have no time to run my business and I’d end up in the poor house! Read both personal profile blog posts and all the comments I’ve written, look at the free downloads and take it from there. I intend to write another paid download with more in-depth advice and scenarios on profiles, but I need time to get that up and running. APologies that I can’t just do this for free for you. x


Thanks a lot for the examples! They were very helpful and I’ll certainly save this website for future visits!


Hi Joanne,

I am currently struggling to find the perfect start to my CV, and really need a career change, as i am currently working i need a excellent CV to match an IT based position which i am after.

What advice would you give me with this problem?



Joanne Munro

Hi Ani, I’m on holiday at the moment but I answered a question on career change in the last couple of days which will be near the bottom of the comments section in the ‘Personal Profile Examples’ blog post. You need to focus on the skills and experience you do have and you also need to get as much IT experience as possible even if that’s doing some volunteer or intern work. Apologies that I don’t have more time but the answer you need should be in the reply to the guy wanting to change from social work to sales in the other blog post. x


Hi Joanne,
I am a 24 yr old stay at home wife and mum of 2 looking to get back into the workforce. Well actually, looking to join it. We got married straight out of high school and then had kids; I have no tertiary level qualifications, and have had no jobs apart from the odd part time waitressing and admin work. However, I am intelligent (I was accepted to Mensa at the age of 8), quick thinking and very quick to learn. How can I write a personal profile that draws on my LIFE experience and my competence rather than my work experience, which is basically nil?

Joanne Munro

Hi Kat. Wow, what a question – I’ve never been asked that before. The dreadful & honest truth is that you’re just going to have to get some experience or qualifications. You need to sign up to some courses (online or evening classes) to get the basics like English & Maths (my cousin couldn’t even get a job as a cashier in Tesco without her Maths GCSE) a free online computer course would be very handy.

You also need to do some volunteer/intern work to get something to write down as basically at the minute you have nothing to put in your CV let alone the personal profile! I’d ask around and tell everyone you know that you need some experience and try to get some work helping out in an office or in other places so you can see what you like to do. Volunteer to help out at some local events as event management / organisation might be your thing. Once you know what types of things you like to do (even with the stuff you have done what did you like about it? dealing with people? organising things? structure? paperwork? – think about what aspects you did & didn’t like then try to get more experience in those areas.

You do kinda have some experience with the admin and waitressing so put that down as well. I’ll email you a couple of CVs I did for 2 school leavers so you can see how one might look. You don’t necessarily need a personal profile either if you put your situation in a covering letter or tell someone face to face. It’s a sod to hear you’re going to have to get some qualifications and experience but that’s how everyone starts I’m afraid. x

Steven P

Hi Joanne,

I’m currently on an IT apprenticeship and looking to apply for a IT position that is currently available, and struggling to write my personal summary. If you could help that would be fantastic.

Many thanks,


Joanne Munro

Hi Steven, I wrote a reply to a similar question on July 7th. That person was doing an Engineering course but the same principles would apply. x


I am a graduate of masscommunication. I am asked to give a profile of myself (not a cv)and what I intend to bring to the station if employed. I have only my industrial attachment experience. Pls give me a format on how to start, what to include and exclude about myself. I have good communication skill, love discussing issues critically.

Joanne Munro

Hi there – if you’re a graduate of communication I’m sure you will be able to think around this one! Think about what they’ve asked you (“what do you INTEND to bring to the position?”) and then tell them exactly what it is you intend to bring to the position. You should know how you work, why you want the job, and why you want to work for them so you shouldn’t have too much of a problem. If you’re unsure of the format then ask your tutors, but I would include things that you think the employer is going to find interesting and valuable and miss out anything that you think they won’t. Remember the purpose of your statement – who it’s for, what they’re going to want to know, and why. x


Joanne – your statement should read, “I am a kind, respectful, and loyal blog writer who puts aside her own holiday to continue answering the same questions – even when I’ve provided ample examples and have made it clear that I am on vacation and I charge a fee for my service!” I hope you enjoy the rest of your vacation…work free!!! You have much to offer and we all wouldn’t want you to burn out and no longer be available! Enjoy Wales!

Joanne Munro

Hi there. Do you know, your comment absolutely made my day. I do get the same questions over & over again even though I’ve written extensively advising people how to write their own profile. I get comments and emails every single day from readers all over the world who just want me to tell them free of charge what they should write. My mistake is that at first I did tell people what to do and now I’ve made a rod for my own back! I sometimes help people if they’re really polite about it but most people just think I sit at home waiting to give my time away free of charge.

This may come across as a bit rude but it really is very tiring and quite depressing that I’ve done all this work and people still expect me to just write their profile for them even though I’m a professional who charges for her services. Although I do like to help people, I also have to draw a line otherwise I’d be in the poorhouse!


Dear Joanne,
It was a very interesting topic and the comments you had after, though I have an experience in different areas, Reporting, Project Management, Communication and Training.

So, would be appreciative if you could just make me clear on how to develop a best profile for My CV. Also, there is always been confusion between a CV and a Resume so could you please let me know about this too.

Thank you very much, and your reply is appreciated in the advance.

David Sevor

Hello Joanne,
You are such an amazing advisor, you are a blessing to mankind. Your site provide the necessary ingredients for both the experience,inexperience fresh graduates and even solution for people without tertiary certificate. I aspire to be like you, please keep on with your good work.


could you suggest me a personal statement for an internship of a undergraduate stuent

Joanne Munro

Hi Durga, I’ve already given an example for someone looking to go into Event Management – it’s in the comments section of this very blog post so just tailor accordingly. x

Vimla Stephen

Hi Joanne

I have worked in a famous furniture store for 9 years, been though 3 redundancy notices with them. Fought through each one and always landed amazing sub-senior jobs in same department. On one occasion i worked in their customer service department successfully for 1 year, again changed due to redundancy.I have so much experience in this store and love every minute of my work. Through the years I have succeeded in numerous momentous occasions through projects and committee work and internal customer service presentations.
I am currently on the third redundancy of my career and now need to apply for a HR position in another department.
How can I represent my profile so that they are convinced they should go with the obvious, and not someone completely new?

Thanking you in advance

Joanne Munro

Hi Vimla, I just wrote you a really long reply then something happened and it all disappeared and logged me out! Give me a call any time today (my mobile No is in the sidebar) and I’ll tell you in person. x


Hi Joanne,

Quite eye opening blog here. i am a pharmacist with almost 4 years experience in clinical pharmacy/pharmaceutical care and logistics.
writing a profile for my self has been somewhat a herculean task.
Could you help with an example using my few details?

Joanne Munro

Hi Emmanuel, as previously mentioned, I can’t write people’s profiles for free as I run a business and I get a lot of traffic to the site. However if you read both blog posts as well as all the comments (I’ve spend a lot of time writing extensive and detailed further advice there) you will be able to tailor the advice and the examples to fit your own situation. x


Hi Joanne,

Can you help me?

I send you my cv. with some advise given from Recruiting company and you can amend it?
Of course there is a charge for this.

Please let me know.


Joanne Munro

Hi Dritani, can you please send me an email (address in the sidebar). The fee for a ‘regular’ CV is £125 (see Rates Page) however please be aware that I am fully booked until the week after next. x

Akbar Iqbal

Bundle of Thanks Dear Joanne, your effort is really appreciated

Thank you again
Akbar Iqbal

Felicity Wild

Hello, I have applied for a job as a Sales & Events Coordinator, They have offered me an interview but I have to send them a personal profile as well.

My recent experience is more to do with customer services and I have had the same job role for 4 years. I have no experience in sales but I we sell a service so think I could include this?

Can you help me with this please?


Joanne Munro

Hi Felicity, I only have a minute as I’m up to my eyes in work & I offer this as a paid service! I used to work in events and a lot of it is sales but the best way to sell a venue or experience is just to set the scene and give them an idea of how the venue etc will work for what they want. Just look at what skills the job you want to apply for needs then think of ways you can reflect that back to them. I talked y way into an events job by emphasising what I DID have not what I didn’t. I had great customer service skills (background in hospitality) and I was organised, efficient & great at multitasking – I told the events people that THOSE skills were what mattered not that I didn’t have years of experience. They saw I had what it took to do the job, I gave them enough examples of where I’d met their requirements (mix of personal and work experience) and I got the job over 15 people with events experience. Focus on what you need to be able to do in events (multi-task, communicate well, ensure it looks effortless, do a lot but look unflappable, give people a great experience, inspire confidence, delegate etc) then give them examples of when or how you’ve done those things. x

Rob Bedcrew

How would get round a long career break. Basically, I was in international banking and finance for 10 years before having to take a break to help sick parents and their business. Not finding it easy to get back into my previous field I stumbled into becoming cabin crew which took up the next 18 years of my life.
Deciding to return to finance I took an BSc Accounting degree and am looking to get my foot, back in the door but do not know the best approach or how to explain this.
Any tips would be appreciated.

Joanne Munro

Hi Rob, this is a tricky one without seeing your CV and talking to you but I would write your CV using the heading ‘Relevant Career History’ or ‘Finance Career’ rather than just plain old Work or Career History. Jump over the last 18 years by splitting your CV up this way. Put a little asterisk at the end of the last Banking & Finance role explaining why you went into airline work, then put that job last. So flip your CV on its head so a recruiter can see FIRST that you’re qualified & experienced and move your last job down to the end.

Also, if you try to get jobs in any of the other ways apart from directly answering a job ad (sign up to the 4-day free email guide & day 3 is where to find a job) then you’ll have the chance of explaining your situation to a recruiter in the first place which makes it much easier.

I’m actually in the process of writing a paid product on how to write your CV when you change careers as I get asked about this a fair bit. The paid download will also come with 2 examples of where I’ve written CVs where the person either has the experience or qualifications to do the new role and is trying to get back in to, or try to get in to this sector for the first time. The paid product should be finished in the next few days actually.


Hi There,

I have completed Hons in computer science in 2011 and currently working in an financial position since August 2012 and really need to update my CV and want to find a job related to my degree which i completed…need help in how to show my IT Skills and knowledge on my CV.

Personal Profile is my main concern, please do email me with this.


Joanne Munro

Hi Ani, I offer this as a paid profile so can’t just email you telling you what to write. Use the blog posts and advice and you will be able to work out what you can write to represent yourself accurately. If you would like to email me then I will be happy to write your profile for a fee. I do have a 10 day waiting list at present however.

Naa-Affie Delalande-Zankor

A brilliant website with fantastic advice.

A pleasure to read.

Thank you.

sarah battle

Hi I am trying to put my cv together to apply for a receptionist job at a solicitors, I am having trouble with my personal statement was wondering if you could help. Basically I am 26 and have been pretty much a full time mum for the last 7 years, I have worked in McDonald’s, a school as a mid day assistant and have also worked in a royal mail sorting factory. My most recent job was the school, each job has only lasted a short time. I have been studying at college on and off since 2008 doing level 1 and 2 of maths and English. I am not quiet sure what to write in the personal statement or even how to start it. Any suggestions please thank you in advance x

Joanne Munro

Hi Sarah. That’s a lot of components there and I can’t give you an answer as I don’t know your exact circumstances – or for free either as I need to make a living and I’d never get a minute to myself or to do any work!

You just need to tell them the things they’re going to be interested in. Buy the Anatomy of a CV download to learn how to write a CV that gets you interviews, sign up for my free 4-day guide to successfully getting a new job, or hire me to write your CV for you. I am booked up until the middle/end of next week with clients however. x


Dear Joanne,

Glad to know the services you are undertaking..I would like to have your advises on my profile / CV..Could you please guide me. I was wondering which type of profile (personal / first person or third person) is appropriate in the current context.


Joanne Munro

Hi Abraham, a lot of people say they’re getting advice off the Internet that says they should write their CV and profile in the third person but I have no idea where they’re getting this info from because it’s dreadful! Always write in the first person (you’re not the Queen) as talking about yourself in the third person is weird and sounds really pretentious!


Hi joanne, i love your advices. i was wondering as a fresh graduate in advertising and marketing, with a limited work experience as a marketing executive ( 1year) what should my profile include?

Thank you.

Joanne Munro

Hi Ghenwa, sorry for the delay in getting back to you but I’m on holiday at the moment. Well you’ve just said it all really – you need to outline that you’re a graduate with a degree in advertising and marketing with practical hands-on marketing experience then outline what type of experience you have (agency, private clients, public sector etc) and what type of thing you’ve done for who and with what result. Look at what you do best and what you’d be bringing to a position (are you good at realising briefs, client liaison, managing expectations, social media, working on simultaneous campaigns for example) then say it. I’ve signed you up for my free 4-day guide to getting a new job as there’s even more info in there. x

Ros Hart

Hi Joanne,
My son (22)wants to join the Navy but there is a long recruitment process and waiting time if successful. He has previously been through the very protracted recruitment process for a trainee buyer and secured the job with a national company but found he hated the role so, to cut a long story short, he resigned after 6 months. He needs to find a new job while he is waiting for the Navy but what is the best way to get around the buyer problem on his CV – it doesn’t look too good that he didn’t stick it out for longer at such an early point in his working life.
Many thanks for any advice you may be able to give.

Joanne Munro

Hi Ros, it’s very hard to say without knowing him but I would either miss off the job completely and pretend it didn’t happen (we all make mistakes) to put it on and say he left for personal reasons. He must never slag off his buyer employers but he doesn’t have to go into detail and explain his reasons to an interviewer.

If he does keep the experience on his CV then make sure he wrings every last drop of experience out of it – what he learned, skills he used etc. If he just wants a general job to get him through until he joins the navy then he could just leave the buyer job off his CV and start his career histry all over again. x

Ros Hart

Hi Joanne,
Thank you so much for your reply. I am still debating whether to buy your CV download for him. My only hesitation is that as he has very little “history” so I am unsure how much value it would be to him. That said, it is only £10 so won’t break the bank. You put so much effort into this site – I am so glad I found it!

Joanne Munro

Thank you Ros! I have put a lot of time and effort into providing the info so I’m really glad you find it useful. The download outlines step by step what you do to create a great CV so it really is worth the money (I would say that!). It would also be handy to have at a future date when he does have more history. x


I have a start-up business and wanted to work alongside it until it picks up. Can I include this on my cv as it shows a gap?

Joanne Munro

Hi Julie, although I don’t know your exact situation I would advise caution as you don’t want a new company to think you only want a job until your business takes off then you’d be leaving – even though this is the case! Think carefully about how to word it if you do decide to put it in (I don’t know how long the gap is) andyou might think about just adding it as a comment under the last job (if it doesn’t enhance your application/ CV in any way. Read my blog post called How to Address a Gap in Your CV to see how to do this. If the gap is quite short then you could bend the truth a little and say you were helping a friend with their business or stretch the dates a little – I only write the year on my CVs and not the month anyway… it’s hard to advise without knowing the details but think how a potential new employer would see your CV. Maybe temp for a while instead? x

How to Write Personal Profile in Resume

[…] ‘’I am a commercially-aware Business Analyst and qualified Management Accountant with more than 14 years experience working with high profile global organizations. Analytical with strong systems skills, I specialize in structuring, standardizing and streamlining financial reporting processes to give a more accurate and productive systems that can facilitate enhanced data visibility and better business decisions.’’ Read the whole personal profile for resume here. […]

Why you Need Samples of Personal Profile

[…] “I am a qualified management accountant, with 14 year of experience, working in leading multinationals. Analytical with solid systems skills, I specialize in streamlining financial reporting approaches to realize productive systems and enhance decision-making.” Adapted from career-pioneers.com. […]

Job Profile Example – Get Cover Letter

[…] Personal profile examples […]

resume profile examples | kathrynostenberg.com

[…] Personal profile examples […]

Comments are closed.