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.
We started our revisions by looking at our current professional profiles:
Our advisor, Dr. Craig Engstrom, a vendor in the LinkedIn Career Expert Program, has produced a quick YouTube video with great tips on writing a Professional Profile. https://youtu.be/KvVrQitiEcE
The most significant piece of advice that stuck out to me was to think of writing the profile summary like it is a Wikipedia entry about yourself!
I also referred to this article indeed.com/career-advice/resumes-cover-letters/how-to-write-a-professional-profile. This article gives helpful examples and tips like, “Include quantifiable results that show how you perform on work tasks.”
Depending on your industry, you may not want a paragraph style profile.
Maggie, who had taken CMST 280: Business and Professional Communication, already had a strong professional profile but it needed a little cleaning up:
Trilingual (Spanish, German) award-winning public relations and sales specialist with significant experience in social media and advertising. Exceptional event planning and guest relations skills, capable of coordinating guests at large-scale events. Experience includes being the account lead on projects for a PR agency, poster design for events, and social media campaign management. Excels at crisis communication management, public speaking, press release writer, website copy, photography, and digital editing.
I had some more work to do. It was challenging, but using the resources mentioned above, I made my descriptions more specific focus on key abilities, milestones, and experiences that have prepared me for professional work.
Hospitality and customer relations team lead with a passion for human resource management. Formely a Chick-fil-A Team Trainer (2+ years); trained 50+ team members in task management, second-mile service, and customer service. Currently the HR Manager of the Communication Career Council at SIU Carbondale and lead an 8-part series blog training “How to Write a Professional Resume.” Experience with virtual team leadership and remote work: remotely assisted with the planning and executing the largest virtual events at SIUC in fall 2020. Bilingual (Polish)
The resume header and professional profile summary are what grab the attention of recruiters and hiring managers. They allow the job seeker to stand out as a candidate for a job. If you cannot catch a recruiter’s attention immediately, they will likely move on to the next candidate. Show them how awesome you are!
About the Author
Monika Fudala is currently studying Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She is the Human Resource Manager of the Communication Career Council. She hopes to become an HR leader after graduation in Summer 2021.