First impression is important not only in sales. Recruiters often receive hundreds of resumes for a single position and evaluate the candidate not after a long analysis of the list of positions previously held, but after a brief introduction to the resume. And that’s what a professional profile is, sometimes called a personal profile, professional summary, or even a personal profile. See how to construct a professional profile on your resume that will grab attention, help you stand out among many candidates – and ultimately help secure your dream job.
What ideal CV should consist?
This profile is a relatively new trend in recruitment documents. It is customarily placed at the top of the resume, just below the name and possibly personal information such as phone number and email address. The job of the personal profile is to convey (or if you prefer, sell) the candidate’s key qualities and strengths.
Importantly, a well-constructed professional profile doesn’t have to apply only to office positions. It also works favorably when applying for jobs of people with professional backgrounds, such as drivers, skilled laborers or technicians. In this case it is most important to present your experience and professional competence.
Make a direct reference to the position you are applying for. If you are applying for a sales position, mention your success in acquiring new customers. If you are applying for a managerial position, it is worth mentioning important projects you have successfully managed.
What benefits do we gain from including a professional profile in a resume?
By including a summary in the form of a short profile, we practically do not lose anything. Undoubtedly, it is worth to do it in almost every CV, because it does not negatively influence the reception of the recruitment documents. However, there are many advantages of the professional profile. Such a profile will allow you, first of all, to increase the chance of being invited to an interview, because the recruiter will have a better opportunity to get acquainted with your advantages, already listed in the introduction.
In addition, it highlights your strongest qualities. If you are concerned that you don’t have enough experience for the position you are applying for, you can indicate other, related positions you have worked at in your profile. You can also list soft competencies that are relevant to the job, especially if you don’t have much experience in the position yet. A personal profile developed in this way can become the basis for an interview and will enable you to scan the job interview on topics of your choice, presenting your best qualities in an accessible way.
Cast a charm on your employer with skillfuly crafted CV
There are a few Golden Rules of a good profile that virtually every candidate undergoing recruitment should follow. We will list them here and then discuss:
- Avoid jargon and ambiguity,
- Sell your best feats,
- The CV must fit the workplace culture,
- Keep the length appropriate,
- Make it easily readable,
A good personal profile should be overly tailored to the specific employer and the specific job for which you are applying. While the list of previous positions, education and courses may be very similar in resumes addressed to different employers, the profile must be written for the company where you are applying for a job.
Keep the length of the profile appropriate. This important introduction to your resume should have a heading and should not exceed 40 to 60 words in length. This generally means no more than a few sentences that should be easy to read.
This summary should also include the benefits the employer will get from your work, given in a condensed form. The employer should see your experience and the results you can achieve if hired. Of course, you should also list your qualifications for the position, but mention only the most important graduate schools and courses related to your target job.
Avoid jargon and vagueness. Don’t use complex sentences that are difficult to understand or overly complicated terms. An exception is when recruiting for a very specialized position, such as a senior developer. In such a CV you should list the technologies and programming languages you use.
Check your profile for errors. This applies to all your documents submitted in the recruitment process, but is even more important in the summary. A recruiter will reject your CV if there are clumsily written statements in the introduction or spelling mistakes.
Some studies indicate that the average recruiter reviews one resume in less than a minute, so it’s important to make the best impression possible. To get an edge over other candidates, you simply have to stand out. A neatly composed personal profile can help you do this, dramatically increasing your chances of engagement. Remember, however, not to be untruthful, because the future employer will verify you at the interview anyway. The information you provide should be precise and not leave too much room for interpretation.