Your personal profile is one of the first sections of your CV that a recruiter will read, therefore it is important that you use this statement to tell them what you are looking for, as well as showcase your strengths and skills.
Writing a Personal Profile
Your profile should be tailored for each different job you apply for to reflect the skills and competencies required for that job, which will be detailed on the job description. Try to avoid using words or phrases such as good timekeeper, works well individually or as part of a team, reliable - these are qualities that an employer would expect you to have, not that set you apart from others!
- Keep your personal profile short and professional - it is not a substitute for a cover letter
- Be positive - focus on what you can do, your skills and what experience you have
- Make it relevant and avoid unnecessary information
- Use the language from the job description - are there any key works in the job description that you can pick out and bring into your personal profile?
- Be honest about your skills and experience - do not be tempted to lie in any part of your job application as if you are successful for interview, this will be obvious to the recruiter
- Give examples to highlight your skills
To help you get started, we have written some examples of personal profiles for different employment sectors. Rather than copy these, we suggest you write your own to highlight your skills and experience.
If you would like help writing your personal profile, speak to your Employment Coordinator.