How to write an outstanding CV personal profile

Did you know recruiters will spend an average of 20 to 30 seconds looking at your CV? This means your personal profile is the perfect opportunity to grab the employer’s attention and tell them what you have to offer. Get it wrong and your CV could be discarded, get it right and it could land you the job. So, how do you write that outstanding personal profile?

Quick tips

Your personal profile should:

  • Be short and snappy, about 3 to 4 sentences long.
  • Be tailored for each post you’re applying to. Try to mention the company or position you’re applying for.
  • Introduce yourself, i.e. are you a student, a restaurant manager, an experienced waitress?
  • Summarise your experience
  • Describe your strengths and the skills you have to offer.
  • Speak about your future; outline your career goals and what you’re hoping to gain.

You may have plenty of things to say here, but it’s best to keep it short. If there is too much information, the employer may skip the important parts and miss they key statements. An employer will value a concise personal statement as it demonstrates you can communicate clearly. The first sentence should introduce yourself and summarise your experience, for example:

‘I am a trainee travel consultant with one years’ experience organising worldwide business excursions’

The following sentences should speak about your strengths and skills, what you have to offer and what you hope to gain from joining the company. The best way to speak about your strengths and skills is to back it up with evidence.

For example:

‘I have successfully co-ordinated large business trips of up to 30 individuals and I am regularly commended for my customer service.  Having experienced the excitement of the travel industry, I am passionate and ready to further my career as a fully trained travel consultant.’

Making the full personal profile read as:

‘I am a trainee travel consultant with one years’ experience organising worldwide business excursions. I have successfully co-ordinated large business trips of up to 30 individuals and I am regularly commended for my customer service.  Having experienced the excitement of the travel industry, I am passionate and ready to further my career as a fully trained travel consultant.’

This personal profile is just three sentences long, but it is punchy and makes an impact!

Try writing your own personal profile. Login to your profile and update your ‘About me’ section. Remember to set Status and Talent Search setting to ‘Looking for work’ so Good Employers can search for your CV on Talent Search.