You control your data

We use cookies to tailor the experience of creating resumes and cover letters. For these reasons, we may share your usage data with third parties. You can find more information about how we use cookies on our Cookies Policy. If you would like to set your cookies preferences, click the Settings button below. To accept all cookies, click Accept.

Settings Accept

Cookie settings

Click on the types of cookies below to learn more about them and customize your experience on our Site. You may freely give, refuse or withdraw your consent. Keep in mind that disabling cookies may affect your experience on the Site. For more information, please visit our Cookies Policy and Privacy Policy.

Choose type of cookies to accept


These cookies allow us to analyze our performance to offer you a better experience of creating resumes and cover letters. Analytics related cookies used on our Site are not used by Us for the purpose of identifying who you are or to send you targeted advertising. For example, we may use cookies/tracking technologies for analytics related purposes to determine the number of visitors to our Site, identify how visitors move around the Site and, in particular, which pages they visit. This allows us to improve our Site and our services.

Performance and Personalization

These cookies give you access to a customized experience of our products. Personalization cookies are also used to deliver content, including ads, relevant to your interests on our Site and third-party sites based on how you interact with our advertisements or content as well as track the content you access (including video viewing). We may also collect password information from you when you log in, as well as computer and/or connection information. During some visits, we may use software tools to measure and collect session information, including page response times, download errors, time spent on certain pages and page interaction information.


These cookies are placed by third-party companies to deliver targeted content based on relevant topics that are of interest to you. And allow you to better interact with social media platforms such as Facebook.


These cookies are essential for the Site's performance and for you to be able to use its features. For example, essential cookies include: cookies dropped to provide the service, maintain your account, provide builder access, payment pages, create IDs for your documents and store your consents.

To see a detailed list of cookies, click here.

Save preferences
My Account
Personal Statement/Personal Profile for Resume/CV: Examples

Personal Statement/Personal Profile for Resume/CV: Examples

As seen in:

Recruiters spend an average of 7.4 seconds on a single CV. That’s barely enough time to read two sentences. But you can encourage recruiters to read your application in full. How? Start with a CV personal profile.


A personal profile, also called a CV summary, is a short paragraph at the top of your application. It’s like an elevator pitch: a catchy summary of your expertise, skills, and achievements.


Think of it as an introduction to your CV. Write it well, and you’ll make your whole application memorable as well as buy yourself much more of the recruiter’s time!


This guide will show you:


  • Why you need a CV personal statement on every CV you send.
  • How to write a CV profile to land more job interviews.
  • 20+ right vs wrong examples of what to include in a CV personal statement to grab attention.


First, have a look at a sample CV with a personal statement at the top. We made it with our builder. (Notice how the paragraph at the top stands out!)


Want to save time and have your CV ready in 5 minutes? Try our CV builder. It’s fast and easy to use. Plus, you’ll get ready-made content to add with one click. See 20+ CV templates and create your CV here.


Create your CV now


Sample CV made with our builder—See more CV examples here.


Are you looking for resume examples? See:



A personal statement isn't the only way to start a CV. See:



Here’s Why You Need a Personal Statement/Profile for a CV


Some career experts claim that a CV personal statement is a relict of the past. In short—these experts are wrong.




Let’s confront popular belief with science.


Recent research has proven that all top-performing CVs have several common traits. One of them is a CV profile or statement located at the top of the first page of the CV.


To understand why it’s so powerful, have a look below at the results of an eye-tracking study by the Ladders. You’ll see two sample CVs juxtaposed. Only the one to the right has a CV personal statement.


eye-tracking study


Notice two things:


  • The heatmap shows visible eye activity on the personal statement area—that means it’s an effective attention-grabber.
  • More importantly, the CV with a personal statement got much more eyetime for all its contents. A CV personal profile worked as a “trailer,” encouraging the recruiter to find out more about the candidate.


Long story short: a CV personal profile will drastically boost your chances of getting invited for an interview. Time to learn how to write one.


If you're curious what the difference between a CV and a resume is, check out our guide: CV vs. Resume: Definitions, Difference & When to Use Which (Samples)



How to Write a Personal Statement for a CV?


A good CV personal statement or a personal profile has 5 ridiculously simple ingredients:


  1. Who you are
  2. 2–3 skills
  3. 2–3 achievements
  4. The name of your target company
  5. What you hope to do for your new employer


See this CV profile example for reference:


Personal Profile for a CV—Example


Passionate healthcare Project Manager and PMP (who you are) with 9+ years of experience leading projects in a competitive hospital. Seeking to use solid organizational and lean management skills (your skills) to raise profitability for Richmond Royal Hospita(the name of the target company and what you hope to do). At St Thomas’, trained 125 employees in lean principles. Cut stockroom waste by 52%. Saved £32,000 annually (achievements) through better use of tax deductions.


At first, it might seem difficult to come up with an equally good CV personal profile. Luckily, there’s an easy step-by-step strategy you can follow.


How to Write a CV Profile?


  1. Read the job description carefully and identify the most important requirements and responsibilities.
  2. Write your CV, focusing on your skills and achievements most relevant to the job ad.
  3. Skim the cream: find the best, proudest wins on your CV and include them all in your personal statement.


Depending on your level of experience, your personal profile will work as a CV summary or a CV career objective.


Write a CV summary if you have a lot of relevant experience. Provide a snapshot of your career: list your measurable achievements and showcase your skill set.


Go for a CV objective if you’re writing an entry-level CV or a career change CV. Describe what you’ve learned so far and how well you’ll fit in.


Whichever one is right for you—I can’t stress that enough—don’t just write about what you want out of the job. Focus on the offer you bring to the table. Make the employer realize you’ll be there to solve their problems.


Before we move on to CV profile and CV personal statement examples for different industries and positions, remember about these universal tips for a good CV personal profile:


1. Keep your personal statement short


How long should a personal statement for a CV be?


A single paragraph of 30–80 words is about the sweet spot. That usually means 3 to 6 sentences. Try to include all of your most relevant achievements, but don’t repeat yourself. Make every word earn its place on your CV profile. End game: it's supposed to be your elevator pitch.


2. Add measurements to your achievements


Employers love to see quantified proof of your performance. Here are some questions to help you come up with metrics for your personal statement:


  • Did you save your company money? How much?
  • Have you boosted sales or revenue?
  • How large were the budgets you’ve handled?
  • How many colleagues were there on your team? How many have you trained or supervised?
  • How much work were you able to complete within a day or a week?
  • How often did you perform certain tasks?


3. Avoid jargon and CV buzzwords


Using CV keywords from the job description is a must. But don’t confuse them with industry jargon or generic buzzwords. Avoid phrases such as:


  • Go-getter
  • Hard working team player
  • Synergy
  • Go-to person
  • Thinking outside the box


4. Don’t mix the grammatical person


In a UK CV, it’s fine to write in either the first or the third person. But not both at the same time!


All that information above seem like too much to process at once? Don’t worry.


How to write a CV profile


When making a CV in our builder, drag & drop bullet points, skills, and auto-fill the boring stuff. Spell check? Check. Start building a professional CV template here for free.

When you’re done, Zety’s CV builder will score your resume and tell you exactly how to make it better.


If you think writing a non-traditional skills-based CV might be a good idea for you, apart from the CV profile, you’ll need to write a CV skills summary. Find out how: Skills Based CV Examples and Writing Guide



CV Personal Statement/Personal Profile Examples for Different Professions


Below you’ll see right vs wrong CV personal profile examples for XYZ professions. We’ve divided them into two categories: CV personal statements for experienced candidates and CV profiles for entry-level job seekers and recent school leavers.


CV Personal Statements for Experienced Candidates


Marketing Specialist CV Personal Statement Examples


Manchester-based growth marketer with a background in sales and 5+ years of experience growing conversion rates for an international mobile carrier. Increased sales by 44% in 6 months. Seeking to leverage leadership excellence to raise ROI and lead-generation efficiency for Symantec.
Experienced marketer (5+ years) with a good working knowledge of inbound marketing, SEO, ATL, and BTL. Worked for 3 major ad agencies and freelanced as a marketing consultant. Looking for a new challenging role.


The difference is clear—the right example lists skills and achievements, and proves them with metrics. On top of that, it makes a clear offer. The wrong example, in turn, is far too unspecific and impersonal.


Teaching Assistant CV Personal Statement Examples


Enthusiastic teaching assistant with 8 years of experience. Seeking to maintain graduate teacher assistant position at St Andrews University. Mentored 50+ students for 2 years. Delivered lectures, supervised 2 practical labs, edited 2 books. Commended by 3 professors for research quality. Graded 800+ student papers. Skilled in research and materials development.
Experienced teacher assistant with 6+ years of experience. Highly skilled in mentoring, delivering lectures, supervising practical labs, and doing research. Can edit academic books and grade papers.


Computer Science CV Profile Examples


Inquisitive computer science specialist with 8+ years of experience. Looking to leverage strong programming skills as a developer for Acme. Led a team of 11 coders at Halcyon-Berth Systems. Delivered projects an average of 10% before deadline, with 15% less errors than other teams. Trained 25 programmers in cloud computing skills.
Computer Science specialist with a solid background in Python, R, C++, Java, C# and Objective-C. Experienced in running a wide variety of software development projects. Looking for a new role in a fast-paced tech company.


Remember: a CV personal statement is not a place to randomly list all your professional skills. Write only about what’s important. Always provide examples that validate your expertise.


See some more samples:


Food Service CV Personal Profile


Three-plates-on-one-arm fine dining server with 6 years experience on some of the most renowned restaurant floors. Looking to work with other team-oriented servers to maximize the restaurant experience.


IT Consultant CV Personal Statement


Personable IT consultant with 4+ years expertise in a fast-paced global tech firm. Achieved company-best quality satisfaction rating according to internal review (99.76%). Seeking to advance my career by growing with the Lansing team.


Graphic Designer CV Personal Statement


Creative graphic designer with 5+ years of experience. Seeks to use exemplary time management skills to lower project time at Yahoo!. At Pasalacqua Designs, developed over 300 graphic projects and and increased client transactions by 30%.


Marketing Executive CV Profile


Highly capable marketing manager with 6+ years of experience, seeking to leverage proven leadership and strategy skills to grow revenue at Eskelund Global. Met 150% of revenue goal in a fast-paced tech firm. Led 7 cross-functional product teams to 25% efficiency improvement and £1.2M cost savings.


Not too keen on the plain paragraph style? In your CV personal statement, you can experiment with bullet points, too!


Office Manager CV Profile


  • I am a professional, efficient office manager with 6+ years of experience working for a large corporate organization.
  • Promoted to executive secretary in 2017.
  • Introduced a time management system and increased the efficiency of the office by 15%.
  • Looking to leverage excellent project management and organization skills to help Hogan & Partners’ team reduce office administration costs.


If the CV personal statement samples above seemed too intimidating, don’t worry. Even without a wealth of job experience, you can successfully sell yourself in a CV profile. Have a look:


CV Personal Statements for Recent Graduates and Entry-Level Candidates


Graduate CV Personal Statement


Highly-motivated LSE Business Administration graduate looking to fill a position as a Management Assistant at ABC Corp. Wishing to use strong data-analysis and management skills to help ABC Corp optimize the workflow and cut production costs.


See that? The bottom line is “I’ve learned a lot already and I have what it takes to help you.”


Recent graduate in Business Administration looking for a first full-time job. Not much work experience yet, but I’m a quick learner with a go-for attitude. Skilled in project management, data analysis, economics, and budgeting.


That one is actually not awful. But there’s no real value for the hiring manager. Most candidates have similar skill sets. Not to mention, a majority has more experience.


School Leaver CV Personal Statement


Senior year biology student at Anytown University, looking to join XYZ University Department of Marine Biology Research Team. Seeking to leverage strong data entry and lab maintenance skills gained through volunteer lab experience at the campus to ensure all research databases and libraries are easily accessible to XYZ State’s students.
Medicine student with strong academic record looking to join a research team to gain new skills in gathering, processing, and analyzing clinical data.


The wrong example doesn’t mention any specific position. That’s an instant red flag for recruiters. It suggest the candidate is probably spamming identical CVs to all employers within a 30-mile radius.


Entry-Level Business Analyst CV Personal Profile


Enthusiastic Business Analyst, skilled in leadership and communication. Seeking to enhance understanding of key metrics for IPSoft. As business report writer for Valens Securities, helped grow employee grasp of key concepts by 37%. My PowerPoint presentation of GBMP's Policy Deployment plan was turned into a webinar that got 1,400 views.


Even if you were just a part of a team that achieved impressive metrics, it’s perfectly fine to refer to that on a junior CV personal statement.


Medical Assistant CV Personal Statement


Efficient medical assistant with volunteer experience in a fast-paced private practice. Seeking to leverage proven skills in patient care, EHR, and inventory management to help MedFast maintain industry-highest level of patient satisfaction.


CV Personal StatementPersonal Profile Examples for Different Professions


If you can’t find a personal statement for your position or industry, see our list of full CV examples for most professions. We break down how to write each section: 100+ CV Examples for All Jobs: Samples and Writing Guides


Plus, a great cover letter that matches your CV will give you an advantage over other candidates. You can write it in our cover letter builder here. Here's what it may look like:


matching set of resume and cover letter

See more cover letter templates and start writing.

Key Takeaway


Universal tips for a good CV personal profile/personal statement


To write a perfect CV personal statement or a CV personal profile, follow these key tips:


  • Write your personal statement after you’ve written the rest of your CV. Pick the best bits that highlight your skills and achievements.
  • Tailor every personal statement to the job you’re targeting: use the name of the company and the name of your prospective role.
  • Center every personal statement around these details: who you are, your skills, your achievements, and what you hope to do for your new employer.
  • Keep your personal statement/profile between 30 and 80 words.
  • Don’t overuse jargon or generic buzzwords.


If you have any questions on how to write a job-winning personal statement or need help crafting yours, drop me a line in the comments. I’ll get back to you right off!

Rate my article: cv personal statement profile
Average: 4.53 (72 votes)
Thank you for voting
Michael Tomaszewski, CPRW
Michael is a career writer, Certified Professional Resume Writer, and the newsletter coordinator at Zety. Apart from sharing his own resume-writing expertise, Michael reaches out to recruitment and hiring gurus to help you learn the most effective strategies for managing your career.

Similar articles

Academic CV: Example, Template, and Guide for 2023

Academic CV: Example, Template, and Guide for 2023

An academic CV template better than 9 out of 10 others. Read our complete guide on how to write an academic CV, follow our academic curriculum vitae sample, and get actionable tips. Ready to create the perfect academic CV? One worthy of tenure? Give us 10 minutes and become the most sought-after scholar!