SIUC Dept. of Communication Studies RSOs
A professional profile is to your resume as a thesis is your English paper or speech.
If written with high-impact in mind and without grammatical errors, a resume profile can get the document through application scanners and provide a recruiter a quick summary of the key highlights in a resume. The difference between a good profile and a great profile could be the difference between a recruiter reading your resume (great profile) or immediately passing on it and moving to the next candidate (bad or good profile)!
In this blog, we continue our resume writing journey (see our first post on the header) by providing a before and after look at our profile summaries.
Students are constantly asking us how to write a high-quality, impactful resume. Therefore, we're providing a how-to series that offers a step-by-step, top-to-bottom approach to writing a resume. As you read each post, complete a review and improvement of your document following our advice. At the end of the series, we'll reveal our improved resumes to you.
Your header is the title of your resume, and the first piece of information a recruiter will see. It provides a quick reference to your contact information and it is the first impression. Therefore, it is important to keep it neat and informative.
We are two students setting out on a journey to polish up our resumes. Here are two samples of what our original headers looked like when we started this project.