How to Write a

A personal profile statement, also known as a summary of qualifications, or career summary, is essentially a covering letter in miniature. 

And just like your cover letter, it is intended to attract instant attention to your most compelling skills and qualities as they pertain to the roles you are attempting to target.

Appearing at the very top of your curriculum vitae, either on its own or immediately following your career objective statement, your personal profile may prove the only section of your document to be reviewed in full by potential employers. For this reason, it is imperative for you to

write a personal profile that immediately commands the reader's interest, then maintains their attention throughout—right up until your concluding statement.

Putting together an engaging and informative summary of qualifications takes time, effort, and a flair for pleasing prose. Without these elements firmly in place, the end result can do more harm than good.

At the most basic level, you need to make plain the sector of employment in which you operate, describe the pertinent aspects of your professional experience, and strongly convey the unique expertise and understanding that make you supremely suited to the role in question,.

Everyone is different. No one is the same. Everyone has something to offer. Your personal profile is the key to standing out from the crowd.

'Goal-orientated fundraising director, adept at not-for-profit initiatives. Proven ability to husband complex, resource-intensive project budgets for both limited and multi-million dollar projects. Respected leader, equipped with powerful communication, coordination, and analysis skills. Fully committed to providing and implementing dynamic, compelling solutions to the ongoing objectives of the charitable organisation.'

This example profile is exactly what potential employers are looking for. It clarifies the applicant's career objective within the first few words of the introductory sentence, and immediately supports this statement with solid evidence of the abilities and attributes essential to a position within the non-profit sector. It succinctly highlights the candidate's prior responsibilities, practical skills, and personal traits in a simple, straightforward, and arrestingly effective manner.

Here, the employer is given a strong reason to read on: if this is the candidate's personal summary, then what must the remainder of their curriculum vitae be like?

You'll notice that each sentence is original. Your career summary needs to sell you, so vague and generic phrases such as 'I am a team player who can also work on my own initiative' and 'I have good verbal and oral communication abilities' simply won't suffice.