How to write a personal profile for a CV

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How to write a personal profile for a CV
Some people call the CV a "resume." (Mark Stahl/iStock/Getty Images)

A personal profile on a CV is usually the first chance you get to leave a positive impression on an employer. It can be used as a factor in deciding which CVs an employer will look at closely and which will be set aside.

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  1. 1

    Write a brief, interesting profile. A personal profile should be at the top of the CV and should be no longer than three or four sentences. It should serve as a way to interest the reader so they will go on to review the CV and cover letter.

  2. 2

    Begin your personal profile by detailing your experience. If you are new to the field, you may consider discussing related experiences that have prepared you to take on this new position.

  3. 3

    Customise your personal profile for each employer. According to CV Tips, your CV can remain the same for all jobs to which you apply, but the personal profile should speak directly to a specific person or company.

  4. 4

    Tailor your personal profile to the job description. According to The CV Store, employers sometimes scan CVs for keywords that match their posted job listing. For example, if the job advert mentions the company seeks someone who is "independent but dependable," try using these words to describe yourself in your personal profile.

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    Focus on your strengths. Attribute these strengths to specific experiences. This will add validity to your claim of being "a hard worker" or "detail-oriented" and allow the reader to more easily imagine you putting these skills to use.

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    Offer your personal career goals. Your goals should be in the last sentence of the profile. Relate your goals to those of the employer. This will give the impression that you are a team player but also self motivated with a personal interest in the success of the employer.

Tips and warnings

  • Avoid using the word "I" as much as possible.
  • Reserve the specifics for the CV itself.

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