Cover Letter + Resume Tips
Writing Your Profile
Your Profile (also sometimes known as "Your Summary") is one of the most important sections of your resume. It is the section that potential employers will read first - and therefore you must aim to leave a great first impression; right from the start your goal is "hook" the employer and demonstrate that you are the perfect candidate for the job. Bearing this in mind, if you are in the habit of customizing your resume for each job application (in order to draw attention to those points most relevant to the job), which is of course a good thing, the profile section is one of the main sections where editing will be required.
Another thing to consider is that many employers have so many potential applicants that they have to find some way to whittle down the numbers before looking at the remaining candidates more closely. A common way to do this, particularly by those employers who are recruiting through online job sites, is by reviewing each candidate's profile. It is therefore essential that your profile grabs their attention, allows your personality to show through (avoid generic statements that could appear on anybody's resume such as "I am a good communicator and pay attention to detail"), and shows that you are a good communicator.
Your profile should be no more than a few sentences, written either as paragraph or as a list of bullet points. There is no absolute limit on size, but you should aim to fit the text within about a quarter of a page, at most. For this reason, after you have initially drafted your profile, you should return to it and review and edit it, and come back the next day and review and edit again. Items that you must include in your profile are:
You can also use a headline, in bold, to explain who you are. The actual text of your profile should be written in the third-person present-tense. In other words, even though you are writing it yourself, mentally put yourself in the shoes of a colleague recommending you for the job.
Here is an example of a well written profile:
FINANCIAL PLANNING PROFESSIONAL
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