Updated December 16, 2013: Here's the latest information on resume and cover letter writing for 2014.
Updated August 22, 2013: What do employers want to see when they review a resume? For 2013, including a resume profile, instead of an objective, is a good way to show the hiring manager why you are qualified for the job.
What's the difference between a resume profile and a resume objective? Rather than listing what you want in a job, when you use a profile you show the hiring manager what you can do for the company that is considering you for employment.
It's not a major difference, but it's a strategic one because you are showing the company why you are qualified for the job compared to what you want to do in your next position. That can help win interviews.
How to Include a Profile on Your Resume
When you're working on a profile, keep in mind that it's important to write a profile that's a match for the job for which you are applying. Here's information on how to write resume profiles for specific job listings, and information on what to include in your profile.
When you add a profile to your resume it should be listed at the top of the page, below the header and above the Experience section. You can add a resume headline above your profile to show the reader to quickly and concisely see what makes you the right person for the job.
Resume Profile Examples
A profile takes a little time to write because it's customized for every job you apply for, but it's worth the effort. Here are examples of resume profile statements:
In addition, your profile and your headline can include resume keywords that will help your application get selected by recruiting management software, so you're in contention for an interview.
Providing Additional Information
It's also important to provide companies with as much information as possible about you, upfront. One way to do that is to include a link to your LinkedIn Profile or personal website in the Contact section of your resume.
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