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The employment market is getting more competitive as each day passes; it is now essential that you’re CV/Resume makes maximum impression right from the start. In general the potential employer will go straight to your personal profile and access this and this will determine if they read further on or not.
This means that your personal profile has to pack enough punch to get them to read on. Your personal profile can be included with your CV or in some cases this would accompany it in a cover letter. A cover letter and personal profile are in general the same thing but you will get some that differ.
Should I Include A Personal Profile?
If you are applying for a specific job then every effort should be made to include your skills and experience that the job description desires or deems essential. If your writing a CV/Resume to cover many job types across the board, it should include; experience, key skills and moveable skills in a concise manner. In either case you should support your statements with some sort of evidence;
e.g. “I achieved this while working for Microsoft for 3 years”.
Identifying Your Key Skills
People in general have difficulty in identifying key skills that he or she may have. Once you can identify these skills this will greatly improve your CV/Resume or cover letter etc. The simplest way to identify your key skills is to take note of the tasks you carry out on a daily basis in the role that you do and then consider the skills that is required to carry out these tasks.
As a secretary you may speak to clients on the telephone, keep records and do different types of reports or using a computer for typing etc.
The skills needed to carry out these tasks are:
- Very good organizational skills
- Communication skills
- Typing skills
- Computer skills
- Dealing with customer skills
When you have identified your key skills, these can be included in your personal profile, preferably with some evidence i.e. these skills were performed in previous or present employment.
How To End Personal Profile
A one sentence finish to your personal profile that demonstrates your willingness to further your career in employment would be a good finish.
e.g. "Your company’s fast pace and vibrant policies are the perfect opportunity in developing my skills and knowledge in this chosen profession".
Now that you have included the above information to your personal profile, go over it to see does it make sense. Also make sure you have provided some kind of evidence where possible in relation to your skills.
One very important issue is that you proof read your profile for spelling or other mistakes. Even get someone else to read it for you if you don’t mind.
On a final note be patient and take your time in generating your profile. This could be the difference in getting to the interview or not.
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