How to Write a Career Profile

When you submit your resume to an employer, it is usually screened in less than thirty seconds.  You need to be able to make an impression quickly.  By including a career profile instead of an objective, you allow the employer to immediately see how your skills and experiences make you a good fit for the position.  Here are some tips that will help you create a career profile that will get the employer’s attention:

Use keywords.  Find keywords that were used prominently in the advertisement and include them in your profile.  This will help your resume pass through both electronic and human screeners.

Relate it to the position.  Be clear about how your skills and experience make you a good fit for the position.  Imagine if you were hiring for this role.  What type of person would you be looking for?  For example, if you were seeking a job as an accountant, you could say, “Accounting assistant with over five years experience in accounts payable and accounts receivable, budgeting and payroll within a retail environment.  Proficient in QuickBooks, Accpac, and Simply Accounting.”

Be specific about your accomplishments.  Employers are always more impressed with your resume when you are specific about your achievements.  Whenever possible, provide examples of quantifiable accomplishments, particularly those that include percentages and dollar amounts.  For example, you could say, “Implemented a new procedure in accounts receivable that reduced arrears by 10%.”

Keep it concise.  The reality is that employers don’t have much time to spend on your resume.  The purpose of your career profile is for employers to be able to quickly get a clear picture of your skills.  If you are too wordy with your profile, employers won’t even bother to read it.

Try to think about your career profile as a snapshot that shows the employer what kind of person you are.  Use it to introduce yourself and to give the employer a positive first impression.  Don’t forget that most employers care less about your ambitions and more about the skills and abilities that you can bring to their company.

(Written by: Karen Bivand, Photo by:: Imagery Majestic/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

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