How to write a professional career profile?
Quick tips on writing a profile career profile that will make potential recruiters say ” We want to Meet him or her”
- Career Profile Summary is a quick snapshot about who you are, qualification, current role, career achievements, career aspirations and why you would like to be considered for the role you are applying for? No need to share your age, marital status, race, etc.
- Personal Contact Details in most cases in depends on whether you are sharing your career profile with a trusted source…protect your personal information. Be careful not to share the following information in public domains ID number, personal address and salary information. At minimum you may share your email address and contact details to ensure that you can be reachable.
- Education Information must be in detail, please include details on your grade12/matric certificate information (name of the school, year completed & province). Tertiary qualification should also include name of the institution, qualification obtained, year completed. In addition, please do not leave out any short courses or certification you may have achieved as well as professional bodies or institutions you belong to.
- Skills & Expertise
It is important to showcase what you are able to do .i.e “Ability to code using Python”. This should be based on what you are proficient in and capable of doing. Please refrain from using phrases like .i.e Excellent Communication Skills, Team Player, think about it everyone says that about themselves. Your career profile should tell a story on your behalf.
- Work Experience, always start with your current employer or last employer you worked for. Please be sure to include name of employer, job title, start to end date, role you reported into, number of employees reporting to you if any, size of your business if applicable, purpose of your role. Key responsibilities performed should include what you have done or are doing in the role, avoid copy pasting your job profile on your career profile.
- Reason for leaving or wanting to leave is always important.
- Reference contact details, in this case always verify and confirm with the referee for consent as well as ensure that the contact details are accurate. Always alert them about your job application, the role and name of company, where possible you can also share the job details with your referee.
In conclusion, have ready information like your current and expected salary and benefits information to discuss with the recruiter during an interview.
Lastly, please ensure that you present accurate information about yourself. No need to over-sell yourself or tell a lie!