In today’s tight job market, one of the most important ways to set yourself apart from the competition is by writing an effective resume. This starts with having a Career Profile section at the top of it. Whether you just graduated or have more than 20 years of experience, a Career Profile provides a key advantage over resumes that don’t have one.
With recruiters and hiring managers sorely pressed for time, they only take a moment to glance at your resume--so you want to make every second count. With a Career Profile, you define who you are as a professional. It allows you to set the tone for the rest of your resume and clearly illustrate how your qualifications match the employer’s needs.
Here are steps you can take to create a valuable Career Profile:
1. Read over the job description carefully and determine which key skills the employer is seeking. Use their language wherever possible in this section, as well as throughout your resume. Remember to stay focused on one job description at a time, as each one may have different prioritization of skills.
Example: “Dynamic, performance-based sales executive with proven success delivering double-digit sales growth, building and restructuring teams, and managing sales organizations through change.”
2. Back up your claims with key data showing how you have brought value to previous employers. Review old performance reviews and ask for feedback from trusted colleagues if you need help determining your key accomplishments. Keep it concise.
Example: “Improved and sustained sales growth by 20 percent while maintaining previous year’s budgets.”
3. Proofread this section to be sure it is 100 percent error free. Take a step back and ask yourself, “Would I want to hire me for this position based on what I’ve written? Does it clearly illustrate the value I bring?”
The Career Profile section can be written in paragraph or bulleted form, or even a combination of both. Even though writing this section can take time, it will be well worth it when you start getting those interviews you had been seeking!
Danielle Rubenstein, a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), is an associate director of alumni relations at Goizueta Business School, where she manages Goizueta’s Mentor Program. Goizueta alumni may email Contact_ACS@bus.emory.edu for further career services assistance.