At the top of your CV/resume, it’s common practice to include a few lines that describe you and how you might suit the job you’re applying for.
Your personal profile should include a brief description of:
- Who you are
- What you’re trying to achieve in the future
- What you can bring to the table
Different people recommend differing lengths of your personal profile, but given that this site is about part-time and relatively unskilled work, it’s probably best to keep your personal profile around 60-70 words. Much less and you won’t be adequately describing yourself, much more and you’ll be rambling or talking about stuff irrelevant to the job you’re applying for.
Anyway, allow me to explain the three points you should be trying to cover in your personal profile.
Who you are
For this, you’ll want to describe what you’re doing with your life right now. If you’re studying at college or high-school, then it’s a good idea to say what you’re studying. If you’re studying lots of things, just pick a few favourites. If you’re not studying something, then just give a small character description or a description of your prior employment or hobbies.
I would suggest limiting this section to a sentence, two at most. This sentence might go something like:
I am a student at Imaginary College currently studying A-Level Physics, Computing, and Magic.
If you’re not a student, then describe your prior or current job. Alternatively, you could use an activity you do as a hobby. For example, you might write:
I am a football coach for the local football club’s under-16s team.
The important part is that you keep it concise and relevant. It’s important to note that skills are transferable. Just because you’re applying for a job at your local supermarket, does not mean that the people skills you developed coaching a football team are irrelevant. Furthermore, this sort of thing is also good to include in the final section.
What you’re Trying to Achieve in the Future
This is the part where you write what your aspirations are.
What sort of career are you after?
What about further education? University? Other training?
What other long-term goals do you have?
These are all questions that you should ask yourself here. The stuff you put here doesn’t have to be relevant to the job. Nobody is going to expect you to desire to be a career checkout worker. Show that you have aspirations and the drive to achieve them. An example might be:
In the future, I’m looking for a career in space piracy. To achieve this, I would like to study pillage and plunder at university.
As you can see, this is irrelevant to stacking shelves. If you were looking for a full-time job, then it’s important that you show how the job is an important stepping stone to where you want to go. However, this website is about part-time work, and nobody is expecting you to produce a detailed diagram of how waiting tables furthers your long-term goals.
Writer’s Note: Space piracy was an example. Please refrain from telling employers that you want a career of violent crime.
What you can Bring to the Table
Now you want to explain what skills you have that would assist you in performing the job you are applying for. It’s imperative that you give evidence of these skills here. It’s all well and good saying that you’re a hardworking individual, but if you can’t give an example of a time when you worked hard then the point is moot. Remember the example of being a football coach? That sort of stuff is useful here. Football coaches have experience with teamwork and leadership. Furthermore, football coaches are going to have to deal with members of the public such as the parents of your proto-players. You might want to write something along the lines of:
Outside of education, I coach the local under-16s football team. This has helped me to develop my skills in interacting with people, which I feel are transferable to a customer-based role.
Naturally, this isn’t a perfect example and I’d strongly advise that you consider how your experience is relevant to the position you are applying for.
Keep your personal profile concise. Always keep in mind that it’s going to get skimmed over by a person who’s likely going to be half-way through a stack of CVs. They are not going to want to read a wall of text. You might have started several successful vineyards at the age of 12, but the poor bored soul who’s sifting through your CVs isn’t going to want to read your autobiography.
Just remember to be honest and keep it suitable for the position.
Now go get yourself a job, you future space-smuggling-wizard-coach!