Before you can write your Professional Profile (or Summary), you need to understand all the elements. A profile should:
- Be 4 – 5 lines on the page (don’t mix this up with sentences)
- CLEARLY position you (as to what you do) or the direction you want to go in (if changing career). This will help focus the content of the CV.
- SHOW not TELL – Basically, you need to write a mini cover letter referencing the amount of experience you’ve gained and how you used that experience to complete certain tasks.
- Emphasise the VALUE you can bring – WHY should employers hire you? Is it because you can increase efficiency, raise awareness or boost productivity?
Your profile should be a short, but concise snippet of your abilities. By combining these elements you are telling a short story about your journey and the next step in that journey. Combine professional and personable qualities in this section, as you want to SHOW that you can be a leader, take charge of projects or work with a team to exceed targets. To help, here is an example,which is tailored for Project Manager positions:
‘An ambitious, analytical and dynamic _______ _________ who possesses over ____years of proven experience interpreting project scopes, maintaining budgets and completing milestones within deadlines in ______ _______ industries. Known for applying methodologies to successfully guide contracts from initial design through to final acceptance stages; an innate ability to monitor expenditures and troubleshoot issues to minimise delays. Proficient at enforcing EHS policies to mitigate risks and safeguard team members from hazards; communicative and personable, capable of building and strengthening meaningful relationships’
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