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The One Page Profile

The PROFILE is a one page snapshot of your skills, abilities and accomplishments. It is a professional presentation of you; it is a writing sample; and it is a "commercial" to create interest and demand for you.


It does NOT replace the Federal Application. It does NOT replace the SF-171, the OF-612, or the Federal Resume. It does NOT contain all of the compliance information required by the OF-510. It is NOT to be used by itself to respond to a vacancy announcement. It will NOT get you certified or best qualified through the Merit Promotion Process.

Why do you need a ONE PAGE PROFILE?

The PROFILE is an effective marketing tool to introduce yourself to others. It should be brief, clear and concise. Today's managers do not have the time or the inclination to search through an SF-171 to discover what your abilities are. They want something short, succinct and to the point. People want to evaluate your writing ability. The PROFILE gives them a meaningful sample of what you can say in just a few significant words.

When and where would you use the ONE PAGE PROFILE?

The PROFILE is a "mega" business card that is effective when making cold calls, networking with colleagues, or preparing a Federal Application Package. It can be used in premarketing oneself for task forces, teams, details, career development programs, promotions and positioning for a new job.

The PROFILE will help you focus on what you want to do and what you can do. It will help you speak more confidently about yourself and in marketing yourself aggressively. It can help you in determining your marketability. You will be able to determine if your particular skills, knowledges and accomplishments are in demand.

What is the form and content of a ONE PAGE PROFILE?

The PROFILE should contain the following information:

  • Your Name
  • Telephone Number
  • Fax Number
  • E-Mail Address
It will have a "Summary of Qualifications" that will include:
  • The number of years experience in relevant work
  • Your credentials or training that pertain to the position you are seeking.
  • Several KEY accomplishments that relate to your objective
  • A personal characteristic or work-style characteristic that makes you an ideal employee
Next the PROFILE should contain relevant experiences and accomplishments that give evidence of your expertise with 3 to 5 skills. You must quantify and qualify your accomplishments. The CDRC recommends using the PAR formula:
The statement of the PROBLEM, the ACTION you took and the RESULTS. State the impact of your work in quantifiable results.

Writing a PROFILE is hard work and may take many hours to complete. The counselors at the CDRC are available to critique your ONE PAGE PROFILE.


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