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Personal profile: a snapshot of your core competences

Learn what Danish recruiters expect to find in a personal profile so that you can make an informed decision about whether you want to meet that expectation or not.

A snapshot of your core competences. A cocktail of your main skills. The aim of your personal profile or summary of competences section of your CV is to make the recruiter see that you match a vacant job, and it has to make the recruiter want to read your full CV and motivation letter – and ultimately want to meet you for a personal interview. In this article, you will learn what Danish recruiters expect to find in a personal profile of a CV. What is the purpose, what should it contain, and how do you meet the expectation of a Danish recruiter?

The layout of your CV is a personal choice and should reflect your professional background and personal qualities. If you want to apply for jobs in Denmark, you might want to know what Danish recruiters look for and to some extent expect to find in a CV in order for you to incorporate that knowledge when choosing your layout.

Templates are widely used, but keep in mind that it is common to start your CV with a short section that provides a summary of your primary qualifications – both professional and personal – targeted towards the job you are applying for. This section is typically placed at the top of your CV, sometimes next to your photo, and is typically between 4-8 lines. This section has many names, some call it a Personal Profile, a Summary of qualifications, or a Summary of Competences. The content of this section should enable a recruiter to quickly – within a few seconds – determine if you are a match for the vacant job or not. Recruiters use this section in their first scan of all the applicants that they have received for a vacant job. Therefore, you can help the recruiter by listing your top three competences that match the requirements of the job and thereby let the recruiter know why you think you are qualified for this specific job. This often includes your degree, any experience related to the vacant job, and your reason for coming to Denmark. In Denmark, internships, part time jobs and projects done as part of your degree all count as experience.

Please note that recruiters expect you to change the content of your personal profile each time you apply for a new job thereby making sure that you match the exact job you apply for.

Let us provide you with two very different examples of a personal profile – one that illustrates what you should not do, and one that illustrates what Danish recruiters expect.

What not to do:

Refrain from using your personal profile to list your aspirations or career goals. This is widely used in other countries to signal that you are a candidate that wants to learn and is willing to work hard. This is not how Danish recruiters will understand this type of content.

One example of a personal profile that is not useful in Denmark could be:

To employ my knowledge and experience with the intention of securing a professional career with opportunity for challenges and career advancement, while gaining knowledge of new skills and expertise.

Why is this text not usable in Denmark?

If you have a personal profile at the top of your CV, Danish recruiters will expect you to list your top qualifications for the specific job you are applying for. If you state no degree or work experience – like the above example which states a desire to advance a non-specific career – Danish recruiters will interpret this as a lack of relevant professional skills – otherwise you would have stated these immediately. Chances are very high that the recruiter will not look further at your CV and you will be rejected for the job.

What you should do:

Start with mentioning how you match the requirements of the specific job, e.g. educational background, relevant work experience and interest within certain fields or why you want to move to Denmark.

Example:

Graduate (Summer 2020) with the title MBA and BA in Engineering. Within the last years of my degree, I have done internships in areas of supply chain and marketing. I have gathered experience in organizing transport, coordinating customer relationships, business analysis, and process and optimization through the use of world class tools (e.g. DMAIC/Six Sigma). I am Polish and am eager to move to Denmark because of your country’s big effort in Green Energy

Why is this text usable in Denmark?

Danish recruiters can quickly get an idea of the candidate’s main qualifications

  • Educational background – Graduate with the title MBA and BA in Engineering
  • Relevant work experience - internships in areas of supply chain and marketing. I have gathered experience in organizing transport, coordinating customer relationships, business analysis, and process and optimization through the use of world class tools (e.g. DMAIC/Six Sigma)
  • Why Denmark – your country’s big effort in Green Energy

It is up to you to choose your layout and style when it comes to your CV. But consider the audience and know what Danish recruiters expect – it might help you get your dream job.

Want to learn more?

Watch our job search video tutorial: How to write a personal profile 

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