These days, CVs are generally scanned rather than read due to the large numbers received. The profile section is often the first key piece of information about you that a recruiter or employer will read.
It can make the difference as to whether your CV continues to be considered or is rejected. This makes the profile section very important. A profile should be a short positive statement of what you have done, can do and wish to do. It should highlight your skills, experience and achievements as well as your career aims. Think of it a bit like an advert for you and your skills. It should be used as a hook or a teaser to entice the reader to find out more about you.
Writing a profile can be made easy if you follow the three rules and 3 sentence structure.
The three rules:
- Keep it short between 3 to 5 lines long.
- Use power words to make it strong and attention grabbing.
- Tailor it to each role. This enables you to highlight different skills depending on the role you are applying for. Ensure anything you do highlight is included further down on your CV.
The 3 sentence Structure. Remember “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens - the ghosts of Christmas – Past, Present and Future? We suggest something similar here for the 3 sentence structure:
1 The Past: A summary sentence about what you have done
e.g. a developer with four years experience in a banking environment
2 The Present: highlight your relevant skills for the job
e.g. solid VB within a .Net environment.
3 The Future: here you mention what you would ideally like
e.g. now wishing to progress my career outside of the banking sector
So use the 3 rule and 3 sentence structure and ensure that anything you mention is this section is actually in your CV. Remember this section is our advert of film trailer so make it tantelising and exciting.