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Personal Profile examples

Here are some suggested personal profiles to be used at the start of your CV as a way of introducing yourself, who you are, what you have done and what makes you a good candidate. This is usually 4-6 lines, or 3-5 bold statements to grab the employer’s attention. Remember to adjust this if necessary and tailor it to the job you are applying for. Below are some templates which should be used as guidance, but be sure to make them more suited to you as an individual, reflecting on the skills you possess and the experience you have had.
WARNING: Whatever you include, make sure you can prove this to employers, and provide evidence of when you have shown the skills you say you have shown. Do not simply cut and paste the examples given below.

Suggested personal profiles:

Examples 1:

I am looking for management training which offers me the opportunity to develop new skills while strengthening those I already possess.
My degree in History has enabled me to develop good organisational skills, an analytical/logical approach to tasks and the ability to work under pressure. I am able to work well both on my own initiative and as part of a team. My main strengths are adaptability, dependability and the determination to get a job done as proven by my varied work experiences in retail, catering, hospitality work, teaching and patient care. I try to learn something new from every experience because I believe there is always room for self-improvement both personally and professionally.

Example 2:

I have a visual impairment (full details are available on request), but this has not in any way prevented me from successfully completing a demanding degree course and further education qualifications. Far from being a disadvantage, this has increased my awareness of the needs of others and has increased my determination to succeed and to persevere when obstacles are placed in my path.

Example 3:

A graduate with strong communication and organisational skills gained in nursing, now seeking to move into a career as an analytical chemist. Whilst my degree is in forensic science a large majority of the course consisted of chemistry, as highlighted by the list of modules completed on my course shown below. I feel I have learned more than just the theory behind Forensics but also many fundamental skills for my career and life.

As I am a mature student I have other qualities to bring to the work place such as good team work, organisational skills, efficiency and I am very meticulous, I show pride in all the work I do, I work well under pressure and I love a challenge. I posses excellent verbal and written communication skills and am able to relate to a wide range of people. All these skills have been enhanced during all the work experiences I have gained over the years.

Example 4:

To enter a graduate training programme in multimedia, preferably in the new-media sector where my creative initiative, ideas and a genuine enthusiasm would allow me to progress.

I have a good working knowledge of many industry leading software applications such as Adobe Dreamweaver, Photoshop and Autodesk Maya. I work to the highest standards and have an eye for detail with skills in design and organisation. Completing my course projects has taught me to provide originality and quality whilst successfully meeting deadlines.

Example 5:

A versatile IT graduate, possessing strong motivational drive to succeed in the industry.
Highly developed skills in problem identification and implementation of effective solutions. Comfortable with analysing and understanding data, working under time pressure and presenting myself in a professional manner. Excellent inter-personal communication and social skills built through extensive training with the Samaritans. A friendly, mature and flexible individual with a proven entrepreneurial approach towards objectives and tasks.

Example 6:

A Business Administration graduate from the University of Kent. He has skills and knowledge essential for managing key areas of an organisation and the problem solving skills needed in finance. He is looking for a graduate trainee post in marketing where he can use his strong influencing skills.

Through his studies, work and voluntary roles he has acquired the ability to meet deadlines while maintaining a high standard of work. He possesses a good telephone manner and is able to relate to a wide range of people.

Example 7:

An adaptable and responsible graduate seeking an entry-level position in public relations which will utilise the organisational and communication skills developed through my involvement with Kent Rag and promotional work during vacations.

During my degree I successfully combined my studies with work and other commitments showing myself to be self-motivated, organised and capable of working under pressure. I have a clear, logical mind with a practical approach to problem solving and a drive to see things through to completion. I enjoy working on my own initiative or in a team. In short, I am reliable, trustworthy, hardworking and eager to learn and have a genuine interest in PR.

Example 8:

A conscientious and self motivated individual with great enthusiasm and determination to succeed. Hard working, reliable and resourceful with excellent organisational and staff
management skills, combined with the ability to prioritise a substantial workload. Successfully receives, assimilates and evaluates information quickly in order to complete any task
efficiently. Friendly and good humoured whatever the circumstances.

Example 9:

Highly innovative, creative, self-motivated marketing executive with a great enthusiasm and determination to secure a permanent position with a progressive company. Proactive
management and leadership skills, combined with highly developed organisational skills and the ability to prioritise a substantial workload.

Example 10:

Honest, reliable and polite individual, well motivated and able to work on own initiative or as supportive team member. Hardworking and conscientious, combined with a sense of
humour and a friendly approach.

Example 11:

Positive, confident and conscientious person, capable of working as a motivated team member or independently adopting a practical approach using own initiative. Trustworthy,
hardworking and reliable with excellent communication and IT skills and the ability to adapt to new situations. Sociable personality with a friendly approach.

Example 12:
A versatile, enthusiastic and competent person who always strives to achieve a high standard in whatever is undertaken. Has gained a variety of administrative skills and can
work effectively alone or as part of team. Is looking to apply existing skills and develop further in administrative environment.

Optional statements (to form part of your Personal Profile):

Always a willing learner and is able to follow instructions well.
Can work effectively either alone or as part of a team.
Sociable personality with a friendly approach.
Resourceful and creative with an eye for detail and the ability to adapt quickly to new
Is looking to apply existing skills and develop further in administrative environment.
Works well within a team environment or responsibly using own initiative.

Suggested buzzwords:


Find which words and statements best describe you, and be sure to include examples and evidence of why you would describe yourself in this way, as the employer will be sure to ask you.

Key Attributes

  • Self motivated graduate with well developed project management and IT skills combined with a flexible attitude to work.
  • A critical thinker with strong analytical skills
  • Strong team-player skills developed through work in retail, in group laboratory experiments associated with the degree, and in particular group presentation work, in which good marks were achieved.
  • Good organisational skills developed in a variety of deadline orientated situations.
  • Get on well with people at all levels, easily making good working relationships.
  • Have good presentation skills combining sound analytical research and clear verbal explanation.
  • Seek out new responsibilities irrespective of reward and recognition.
  • Strive for quality in everything I do.