Learn how to write your Profile on your Professional CV

Before you begin to write your Profile you should ask yourself the question;

“What does the person reading this really want to know about me?”

Well, the answer is that they want to quickly find out more about your background, skills and experience. This means that they want to know your credentials, for example if you have a degree or a number of years’ experience working in the field. They also want to know what type of workplaces you’ve experienced, such as multinationals or small and medium sized businesses. Finally, they want to get a better understanding about what specific skills or knowledge you have in your field. This may also include technical and language skills.

Remember, what you write in this personal profile is what will help to differentiate you from everyone else applying for the job. 

Also, what’s important in this section of your CV is that you clearly show how your skills and experience match the requirements of the position description. This means that you may need to tailor this section for each of the jobs you apply for. Although this takes extra time, it makes a big difference to the person or computer scanning your CV.

Let’s look at an example: Here’s a position description for an Administrative Assistant to a Head of Brand Marketing. 

Your core responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Effective diary management including proactively managing conflicts and priorities
  • Maintaining confidentiality with sensitive information, when monitoring and responding to email requests
  • Co-ordinating travel and accommodation arrangements
  • Meeting preparation including scheduling meetings, workshops, arranging teleconferencing and video conferencing
  • Monthly AMEX reconciliation
  • Attending meetings to take minutes and record action items

As you can see, the role is mainly administrative so your CV Profile should say how many years’ experience you have working in an administrative position in a business environment. You should mention that you have an interest in marketing or maybe some qualifications in this area. You should include that you have excellent communication, organisational and administrative skills and always operate in a professional manner. You could add that you are proficient in Microsoft Office and speak Spanish, Mandarin or Arabic, for example.