A profile statement is like an elevator speech—it gives the recruiter a quick snapshot of who you are, where you are coming from, and what you are bringing to the organization. An objective statement used to be the norm but it is now an outdated aspect of the modern résumé. Instead of only telling the recruiter what you want, tell them what you can offer them, too. This is best done with a well-crafted résumé profile. Here’s what a winning profile should look like:
1. Your work and educational background
Recruiters spend just 6 seconds perusing a résumé. The profile statement gives them a whiff of whether a candidate can do the job. An effective way to prove your ability is to clearly demonstrate your past work experience and relevant educational or professional training.
How to write about your background
When describing your work background, use a definite number to show the breadth of your expertise in a particular field.
For example: “Target-driven manager with 5 years’ experience in hospitality.”
If you do not have the requisite work experience, talk about your educational background and its relevance to the job.
For example: “Recent graduate of George Brown University with an honors degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management, and proven experience in revenue management and hotel contracting.”
2. Your area of specialization
This part of the profile describes your skills and their relevance to the job. According to career coach John Lees, it is important to avoid using empty adjectives such as ‘hardworking’, ‘loyal’ or ‘competent’ to describe your skills. The profile is also not the best place to describe your soft abilities such as ‘good communication skills’, ‘highly organized’ or ‘ability to work under minimal supervision.’ Instead, focus on actual competencies.
How to write about your specialization
A specialization is an area that you are exceptionally good at and will set you apart from the rest of the applicants.
For example: “I am specialized at contracting potential businesses and managing client accounts to secure maximum revenue.”
3. Your offer and functional attributes
Unlike an objective statement that tells the recruiter what you want, a profile tells them what you can do to make their organization better. Here, you need to emphasize the qualities that make you an attractive candidate. Both the job description and the company’s mission can tell you a lot about the kind of input they are looking for in a candidate to bring to the table.
For example: “Capable of delivering exceptional revenue growth and improving client experiences.”
4. Your expectations
Finally, the last part of your profile should describe the type of environment, culture and challenges you are looking for in your role. Avoid using generic or vague words to describe what you want. Instead, be clear and precise about your expectations from your prospective employer.
How to describe your expectations
This is an example of a poor statement of expectations: “I am looking for career advancement to improve my skills.”
An example of a good statement: “Seeking to work in an organization with a vibrant, collaborative culture that supports career advancement, professional development and offers challenging opportunities.”
Your profile could as well be the first impression you make on a recruiter. Write a hard-hitting statement that demonstrates your ability to perform the job and provide solid evidence to substantiate your achievements. But, remember to keep it short and sweet.