Looking to improve your CV profile? A poor profile can let down a strong resume whereas a great personal statement can make your resume stand out. Your unique profile creates a brief professional introduction of who you are. HR recruiters look for insights into your character on this piece. A strong profile highlights your personal statement and is crucial if you want recruiters to notice your application, and it helps to secure a call for interview.
Tips on How to Write a Strong CV Profile
- Develop a brief personal statement – a short paragraph, up to 150 words. Your profile is an introduction to your CV. It will need to be positioned at the top of the resume. If it is difficult at first, break it down to into sections, bringing it all together at the end
- Include your strengths as a professional – soft and hard skills, personal traits relevant to the job, professional skills, relevant key accomplishments including academic and career goals
- Include powerful adjectives in the content such as ‘dynamic’, ‘diligent’ and ‘motivated’. For example, ‘proficient in MS Office’ or ‘delivered high quality customer service’
- Use third person – refrain from using too many ‘I’s’ in this section. For example, ‘motivated, reliable, adaptable and responsible professional’
- Proofread the content – edit thoroughly for any changes. It’s surprising; no matter how many times we read the content there can be one word that has escaped the check! Do a double check and ask a friend to read it
“Sometimes your USP becomes your weak point” – Aditya Trivedi. The profile on your resume is an opportunity to present your unique selling point and a catchy elevator pitch. Ask; ‘Is the profile strong enough to represent me as a potential candidate to land the interview, and secure the job?’ Remember try not to undersell yourself here and be honest. Family and friends will offer great insight and advice here and can help with the finishing touches.