• Profiles

    Not essential, some employers like them and some don’t. Must be short and snappy i.e. no more than 2/3 sentences including relevant experience, qualifications, skills (but not a long list of them) and your career aim.

    See the examples below:

    What's Wrong with This?

    I am a self-motivated, enthusiastic, hard-working and very determined individual with excellent communication and team-working skills who thrives in a challenging environment. Looking for a position that will allow me to further my career and build upon my existing skills.

    Top Tips

    1. Wishy washy, what do you really want? This profile could pretty much have been written for ANY job! It is too general.

    2. What a long list of adjectives, with no evidence! Meaningless and anyone could write it, but unfortunately employers see a lot of profiles like this.

    And What's Right With This?

    A final year Business and Marketing student with one year’s experience of business to business marketing, on track for a 2:1. Excellent communication and customer service skills from developing relationships with clients at ‘Bank Busters’ to ensure repeat business. In addition, has 6 months retail experience, now looking for an entry level marketing position with an innovative retail company.

    Top Tips

    1. They say clearly what their current situation is and sell their experience with evidence. The year’s experience might only be several voluntary posts combined together but it’s effectively presented. Highlight key points where you can.

    2. They talk about their skills in the context of their experience, i.e. they provide EVIDENCE.

    3. They use the profile as an opportunity to sell their relevant experience.