How to Write a Great Professional Profile for Your Resume

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by: Jeanette Hannan

When you are applying for a new role, it’s vital that you produce a credible and powerful resume. A professional profile at the top of your resume is an effective way to summarise your key skills and credentials, and many recruiters will make a quick first decision based solely on what you say in this section. Use the following tips to help create a strong professional profile, and make sure that every recruiter is keen to meet you.

Keep it concise

A recruiter will not spend much time on a first scan of your resume, so make sure your profile, which is your chance to introduce YOU is concise and powerful. It’s important to a recruiter that you can highlight your key strengths, but a lengthy profile may reduce the impact of your statement.

State your background first

Use the first statement in your profile to describe the basis of your career. What are your main areas of ability? What are your key strengths? The companies that you have worked for are irrelevant here. The recruiter wants to know what your core skills are, so you should refer to your extensive career in marketing, and not highlight specific marketing roles. Make sure that you describe no more than three areas of ability, so that it is clear that you are a specialist in certain fields.

Quantify statements

Instead of saying that you are an experienced team manager, state that you have fifteen years of team management experience. The first statement is subjective, but the second phrase is clear and factual. Remember that many recruiters are wary of candidates who exaggerate what they have done, so your ability to quantify your experience is crucial here.

Avoid cliché

A lot of professional profiles are difficult to tell apart. They all describe people as ‘great team players’ or ‘inspiring leaders’. These skills are unquestionably appealing to employers, but too many people use these statements. Choose words and phrases that use positive, inspiring language, but avoid falling into the trap of using a cliché. It’s vital that your professional profile is inspiring and unique.

Describe your abilities

When you talk about your abilities, use words that describe how good you are. For example, instead of saying that you can take on new challenges, state that you can take on new challenges ‘quickly and effectively’. One or two more words in each sentence will help market your abilities, but don’t labor the point. Remember that brevity is still very important.

Proof read and then proof read again

As the first thing that a recruiter reads, your professional profile can quickly leave a lasting impression. Spelling mistakes or typing errors will sink your chances very quickly. You should thoroughly proof read every section of your resume, but it’s particularly important that you get the professional profile right. Ask someone to proof read what you have written, and give you their feedback on the content before you send on to a recruiter.

A good professional profile can quickly attract the interest of a recruiter, but it isn’t always easy to write this section of your resume. Make sure that every word in the text is useful, and use the profile to market your core skills and experience to a future employer.

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