Your elevator pitch or personal summary is one of the most important parts of your CV and SEEK Profile. It needs to be concise, consistent and clear. It should succinctly articulate who you are, what makes you great and what your career aspirations are.
You can use the following template and examples as a loose guide to help you write your own killer personal summary.
Template: ‘I am a talented and enthusiastic … with more than … years’ experience in … I am currently seeking a … position to take my career to the next level.’
- Project Manager – Financial Services
I am a motivated and analytical project manager with more than 15 years’ experience in the financial services industry, specialising in business lending. In my current role I have been responsible for rolling out a new microenterprise program which has helped more than 100 small businesses kick start their operations. I am proud of my solid track record of delivering projects that have had proven business benefits and am now looking to take on greater responsibility, with project budgets greater than $10 million and leading larger teams of more than 30 FTE.
- Project Manager – Property Development
I am a professional and driven property development manager with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital and healthcare industry on large-scale projects with values of up to $150 million. With more than 10 years’ experience in property development, I am skilled in value engineering, cost management, urban planning, contract/design management and feasibility studies and am renowned for my ability to deliver projects on time and on budget. I am tertiary qualified in Project Management and Architecture and am seeking a senior management position.
- Recruitment Consultant
I am a personable and well-networked recruiter with more than ten years’ experience in the recruitment of Sales, Marketing, HR and Communications roles for Australia’s largest corporates. Having successfully recruited more than 200 roles in my career to date, I am an accomplished talent acquisition specialist who is able to tackle the most difficult assignments using contemporary tools, including pymetrics, video-interviewing, branded recruitment campaigns and market-mapping. I am currently looking for a new role that will utilise my skills and experience and take my career to the next level.
I am an enthusiastic and driven Commerce graduate with an Honours degree from the University of Melbourne. I am currently looking to secure a Graduate Business Analyst position to utilise my strong analytical skills and business knowledge.
- Communications Consultant
I am a talented and creative freelance writer and editor with more than 15 years' professional experience. My skills include writing, editing and proofreading a wide range of communications collateral including feature articles, website content, annual reports, newsletters, media releases and fact sheets. I have worked for a broad range of clients including financial services firms, government and non-government agencies, industry bodies and professional consultancies. I am now looking for a permanent role in Communications that will utilise my diverse writing and editing experience and take my career to the next level.
- Sales manager returning to work after parental leave
I am a highly motivated and proactive sales manager, with outstanding networking and organisational skills and more than 10 years’ professional experience. My keen ability to foster and maintain client relationships resulted in a 20% increase in sales for the last organisation I worked for. I am currently looking to resume my professional career after dedicating the last five years to raising my family.
Final note: Regardless of where you are at in your career journey, it’s a good idea to optimise your personal summary on your SEEK Profile to ensure that you are always putting your best foot forward for any opportunity that may come along. And remember, if you are applying for jobs you should always tailor your personal summary to each role you are applying for to make sure your personal summary is relevant to the job in question.