How to Write a Great Personal Profile
When I receive an CV enquiry I always ask the person if they can email me a copy of their current CV along with the types of jobs they’re looking for. Without a shadow of doubt one of the shonkiest sections is always their Personal Profile – but this is simply because they really are one of the hardest sections to write.
So here’s how it works:
- Your covering letter is solely designed to get your CV read
- Your personal profile summarises what you’re all about and interests the recruiter enough to read down to your skill set and the rest of the CV
- Your skill set section outlines all the key skills you own and which are also required for the job you’re applying for
- Satisfied that you meet their requirements, the recruiter (or more likely their assistant) puts your CV in the ‘people my boss might want t0 interview because their CV matches what we asked for in the job ad’ pile
Without giving all my tricks away (that’s what I get paid for remember!) here are three tips to help you get a better understanding of how to write a personal profile.
3 Tips On Writing A Great Personal Profile
1) Stick to the facts - a profile should be a factual statement about what you can do and not just about your personality. Sure, you can say “I’m an energetic Events Manager…” but don’t go spouting on about how you’re hard working and reliable because everyone says that and that’s just your own opinion of yourself. Your CV should contain supporting evidence; so if they see you held down 2 part-time jobs whilst at uni for example then you’ve clearly demonstrated your ability to work hard.
2) Write the profile last - I always start writing a CV from the bottom up but still finish with your present or last job at the top of the page. Writing it the way it happened means it naturally flows from each position to the next and I can see how your skills developed over time. By the time I’ve finished writing your career history then listing your Skills Summary and achievements (if you have any), I have a much better idea of what you do best, what your Unique Selling Proposition is, and what you’re ‘all about’. This makes the personal profile much easier to write as it’s simply a summary of the most impressive bits of what I’ve just written.
3) It’s a nutshell – your personal profile is a summary of what you do, how you do it, and to what end – so an example would be: “I’m an award-winning Sales Executive with over 12 years key account handling experience. A persuasive negotiator with excellent communication skills, I have a proven track-record of combining a strong product knowledge with exceptional levels of service to maximise opportunities and drive sales in a competitive target-based environment.”