Personal profiles are the ideal way for you to grab a recruiter’s attention and persuade them to continue reading your resume. This small paragraph sits directly at the top of your document, concisely and effectively displaying who you are, your skills and strengths relevant to the sector or job role, and your career goals.
The vital thing to remember when writing your personal statement is to keep it around four sentences in length. As with your cover letter, If your opening statement is too broad, you’ll give the impression that you haven’t done your research.
When drafting your personal statement split it into three sections: who you are, what you can offer the company, and your career goals.
Get straight to the point and provide evidence of your skills and experience, but be brief! Offer just enough information to hook the reader.
Market yourself and make the statement look purposeful, show the recruiter you know what you’re talking about.
Be personable! Recruiters ultimately want to know you as a person and what you can bring to the table and always proofread for spelling and grammar. Mistakes are an instant turnoff.
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What personal information should you include and exclude from your CV or resume and why?
The standard inclusions are pretty straight forward so they don’t need much explaining. Include your full name, your direct phone number, your email address, a link to your LinkedIn profile and the city in which you live or are planning to work in if you are relocating. You don’t need to enter your full address, this is a privacy concern and nobody has physically posted employment acceptance or rejections letters within the last ten years.
The equality act has made it no longer necessary to include your date of birth, race, marital status, sexual orientation or nationality. To ensure you don’t fall victim to discrimination don’t include these in your resume, they are not required. Also, don’t include your visa status, this will show that you are foreign and this is the leading area of discrimination candidates face.
If you hold a specialist driving license relevant to the position, show this on your resume. However, if you’re a seasoned professional, and driving isn’t an aspect of the position, don’t include your license information, this isn’t relevant.
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