4 Things You Must Have In Your Resume Profile

Of all the sections in a resume, the Resume Profile, or Profile Summary, is the only section everyone will read. This is where you need to create a Value Proposition that distinguishes you versus the other 300 people applying for the same job. Related: How To Follow Up On Your Resume Your Resume Profile should give a quick overview of what you have to offer in terms of experience and skills. It’s your elevator pitch or sales pitch. It takes top and center stage and replaces the outdated Objective Statement. The message should come across as “Here’s what I can do for you." Use these four tips to produce an effective Resume Profile:


1. Properly label your profile title.

The OBJECTIVE section is gone. Instead of saying I am looking for a manufacturing position, now you just title your resume with PROFILE: MANUFACTURING MANAGER. Note that you need the word PROFILE to tell the Applicant Tracking System that this is the beginning of this section, otherwise it will ignore it.

2. Tell the employer what you can do for them.

Employers are looking for the best candidates which are those who can exceed performance goals. So start by telling them you can do that and you can be sure they will keep reading. For example, this kind of opening will catch their attention. “Manufacturing Manager with a consistent track record of driving dramatic improvements in productivity, profits, quality and safety."

3. Summarize your skills and experience.

Now that you have told them what you can do for them, you have to prove it. Stat by telling them how you do it. Try to avoid fluffy soft-skill statements that anyone can say. Example: “Dynamic manager able to motivate staff to peak performance," Really, what manager couldn’t say the same thing? Compare that with: “Over 15 years of experience using Lean Enterprise and Six Sigma principles to optimize operations and meet financial and business goals."

4. Provide Proof Statements.

This is where your resume becomes uniquely yours. Here you quickly summarize where you did it and some of the results you have achieved. For example: “Career marked by progressive manufacturing manager roles at DuPont, including managing 3-shift plant with over 400 personnel. Noted for increasing productivity 13% while reducing costs 9% and defects 22%.” If you’re not winning employers over with your Resume Profile, you have a hard chance of getting them to look over the rest of your resume. Take these tips to write an effective resume profile!

Related Posts

How To Customize Your Resume 3 Tips For Flaunting Your Value On Your Resume How To Make Dates On A Resume Work For You

About the author

Don Goodman’s firm was rated as the #1 Resume Writing Service in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Don is a triple-certified, nationally recognized Expert Resume Writer, Career Management Coach and Job Search Strategist who has helped thousands of people secure their next job. Check out his Resume Writing Service. Get a Free Resume Evaluation or call him at 800.909.0109 for more information.   Disclosure: This post is sponsored by a CAREEREALISM-approved expert. You can learn more about expert posts here. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

When most people think of Nike, they think of shoes, retail stores, and, of course, athletes. That's all true, but there's more. Behind Nike's walls, you'll find the doers and thinkers who design, create, and innovate every day. There are also data scientists who discover and leverage athlete insights to create the future of sport.

You might be surprised to learn about the impact you can have in Data & Analytics at Nike versus at a major tech giant. Nike employees get to work on a wide array of challenges, so if you're obsessed with math, science, computers, and/or data, and you love sport, these stories may inspire you to work at Nike.

SHOW MORE Show less

Employee loyalty is something every company longs for. It's estimated employee turnover costs as much as 130-200% of an employee's salary. When a talented, knowledgeable, trained employee leaves, it's bad for business. And, when lots of them leave, it can be the kiss of death.

SHOW MORE Show less

If you saw our first video, you might have heard about the interview situation one of our viewers, Remi submitted. He was in an interview and was asked the question: How many cows are there in Canada right now? - What a weird question but this is a technique that some hiring managers are using these days.

SHOW MORE Show less

If you saw our first video, you might have heard about the awkward situation one of our viewers, Kevin submitted. He is a college student who's working a part time job to make ends meet. The manager/owner of the company has become a micro-manager who watches him work on camera and reads his company emails. A bit over the top wouldn't you say?

SHOW MORE Show less

All work and no play can create a tense and unwelcoming environment. Studies have shown that employers that offer additional perks have employees that are happier and more loyal to their place of employment. If you are looking for an employer that acknowledges how important it is to give its employees a place to de-stress and bond with their co-workers, check out these companies!

SHOW MORE Show less

In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if you worked for an owner who micro-manages you my watching you work on camera and reading through your company emails.

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

SHOW MORE Show less