The traditional college resume format is effective in many cases, but some revision to the classic template is most certainly due. The top few lines of your resume represent valuable real estate. The traditional way to fill this space has, until late, been the objective, an explanation of why you are submitting this resume to its reader. The objective is usually formatted as such:
“Objective: To obtain a career as an intern in the field of interior design at Design Innovations Incorporated.”
The Objective Statement:
An objective is often looked over by the reader of your resume, as it contains information that they most likely are already aware of. If you are sending in your resume to a company, they must know that you are interested in a position there. And they will know soon enough what your focus in your education is as they keep reading. All of these things can be translated from the traditional job search resume to the college resume.
The Profile Statement:
So, if the top lines of your resume are so crucial to its success, why use them up giving information that the reader will most likely pass over? When constructing a resume for college, the profile statement is a valid substitution for the objective. A profile statement is somewhat of a trailer for your resume, much like a movie trailer. It contains an introductory phrase telling your most valuable attributes pertaining to your objective, then goes on to highlight the main points of your resume. If this trailer was the only thing that your reader actually took the time to review, they would walk away knowing much more about you than they would simply from an objective statement.
How to Format the Profile Statement:
The profile statement should be formatted as a short paragraph with no introductory phrase and no conclusion statement. This cuts down on the unnecessary verbiage that was present in the objective statement. A successful profile statement should include the following:
- Skills: Tell the reader about the most important traits that you possess pertaining to your field.
- Experiences: Do you work well with others or on stringent deadlines? Have you had work or education experiences that set you apart?
- Goals: What do you plan to bring (in general) to the field that you are studying?
- Highlights: What are the most important things about you (listed in the body of your resume) that you want the reader to walk away knowing?
It is best to present these four points in the order that they are shown here. Beginning with your pertinent skills will entice the reader, while finishing your profile statement with highlights of what is to come will keep them reading on.
We hope that you realize from this presentation of the profile statement its validity in today’s job market as well as the world of education. Students and professionals alike can certainly benefit from the profile statement and what is has to offer in the way of uniqueness and arousing interest.