Your professional resume profile is the initial introduction to the rest of your resume. Hooking the reader right at the beginning is key if you want the hiring manager to consider you for the position they have open. Use these helpful tips to make sure your resume gets read!
Unlike an entry-level resume, a professional resume should start with a profile and a clear career goal. Starting with a target career goal gives the resume direction and clarity. The reader immediately knows what positions you are targeting based on the title listed at the top of your resume. The rest of the resume then becomes further proof of your skills and capabilities rather than a hunt to figure out what your intentions are. With resumes only getting about a 30 second initial review (and sometimes LESS!!), establishing a clear direction right from the beginning is essential.
If you are somewhat flexible and looking for a variety of similar positions, you can still be clear with your title but use a more general heading for your field. For example, if you are targeting several accounting type positions you can simply list “Accounting Professional” as your career goal. Or, if you know the exact title of the position you are specifically applying for, you can use that as your career goal as well. (See here for more accounting resume help!)
Following your career goal or title, you should include a brief summary paragraph that is compelling. Include your overall expertise, a few of your most notable accomplishments, and particular character qualities that compliment your career. Although you may be inclined to stretch out this paragraph in order to include as much as you can, the longer the paragraph, the less likely it will be read. Make sure to keep it brief, usually about 4-6 sentences, so that hiring managers will be drawn into the rest of the resume instead of overwhelmed with information right from the start.
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