The CV is one of the key tools an individual will have in exploring career openings. This is why you can’t know enough about how to create your personal master CV. The features of the CV are very simple to explain, as they are the skills and abilities which an individual possesses and the benefits are the achievements which have taken place.Whilst all the individual components of the CV are important, the Personal Profile must be considered to rank the highest. Let’s take a look at this important CV component.
The importance of your Personal Profile
There are three main reasons for the importance of your Personal Profile.
1. It firmly takes its place on the front page of the document, directly under the personal details of the individual, i.e. Name, Address, Telephone Numbers (landline and mobile) and e-mail address.
2. It immediately creates that all important 1st impression and sets the scene for the document.
3. It can be compared with a newspaper front page headline, so it has to capture the imagination of the reader and as with a newspaper the desired objective, is to make the reader buy the paper in the first instance and then start to read it and get to the inside to find out more about a story. The exact same applies to the CV.
We need to ensure that the interest of a prospective employer starts right here and that the reader of the CV is keen to turn the pages over to see what the job seeker has to offer and that it is firmly placed on the pile of candidates to call forward for interview.
Constructing your Personal Profile
To get started you want to gain a generic feeling of your character. To help identify some of your major characteristics you can start by answering the following questions: How much do you really know about yourself and others? Do you know the best words and phrases to describe yourself? Can you pinpoint your emotions and characteristics?
Being now armed with a range of personal characteristic words it’s now time to tackle the initial stages of how you will create your own Personal Profile(s). Remembering that this is a key statement about yourself, it must begin to start the selling process of what you have to offer to a potential employer. Following you find an example of how the Personal Profile of a student who has recently graduated from University looks like.
Personal profile example: A student who has obtained a degree in a specialised subject
A motivated and detailed conscious Graduate who holds a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering with Computer Science. Displays considerable strength across a wide range of personal skills in particular research, analysis, thinking, together with problem solving. Enjoys working within a team environment together with the challenge of carrying through individual tasks which has been experienced throughout the course of studying and complimented by securing employment during University life.
Start immediately with very positive words
As you will see from this example a Personal Profile should start immediately with very positive descriptive words. It should go on to describe the current role or present situation of the applicant and should state a number of the applicant’s key skills.
It must be remembered though that statements are not written in stone neither is the CV, so at the end of the day it is you who has to be satisfied that this captures the information you are wanting to get across. Remember that this is to catch the eye of the reader and very importantly starts the selling process of what you have to offer.
To learn more about the components of a great CV read “Creating your CV as a self marketing tool” written by Paul H Brisk of Peak Career Consulting.
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