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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:
  • Your experiences and skills which relate to the position that you are applying for
  • What makes you different from other candidates
  • Your professional competencies and goals
The aim in writing your profile is to incorporate all these important points, but cut out any unnecessary verbiage. Unnecessary verbiage includes any personal information that isn't relevant to potential employer (such as ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status, age, living situations), and previous experience unless it ties in to one of the points that you are making in the summary (remember there is a separate section for experience in your resume).

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

Achieved Double-Digit Return for All Clients through Well-Balanced Personalized Financial Portfolios

Successful financial planning professional with over 10 years of experience in personal and retirement planning. Managed a financial planning consultancy firm, achieving double-digit financial returns for all clients by developing personalized investment portfolios. Led in the development and professional growth of six other financial planners through mentoring, training and motivation. strategies.

Key competencies include:
  • Financial forecasting
  • Personalized portfolio development
  • Retirement portfolio management
  • Development of professional growth strategies
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