Your personal profile is a chance to say a bit about yourself and to tell the employer why they should give you a job. It should go right at the start of your CV. It gives employers a summary of:
The first sentence or two should say who you are and what you are looking for. For example, you might say:
I am currently doing A-levels in maths, French and history. I want a career in accountancy and am looking for a higher apprenticeship that will give me the opportunity to build on my existing skills and to gain qualifications.
Next, mention any qualities, experience and skills you have that make you suitable for the job. The employer needs to know that you can offer the things they are looking for. For example:
For the past year I have had a Saturday job in a local supermarket. This has given me experience of dealing with customers and recently I was given the award of Employee of the Month. I am hard-working and good at managing my time. Last summer I did a one-month work experience placement in the financial department of a large building company. I gained valuable skills such as using spreadsheets, sending out invoices, and helping to set budgets.
General tips when writing a personal profile:
When starting out in work, it is helpful to have things to write about in your personal profile when applying for a job. But it helps if you have a job so that you have things to write about in your personal profile. It's a bit of a 'Catch 22' loop.
As a way of breaking out of this loop, look at what things you can do as a hobby or as a volunteer. Seek out those things which you can do which you are passionate about and are relevant to the career you want to do. That way you are doing what you enjoy, adding to your experience, and giving yourself more to write about in your personal profile.
Not all CVs include a personal profile. If you feel you do not have very much experience yet, then it is probably better to leave it out.
Last updated 13 November, 2014