What is a CV ‘About Me’ section?

A CV ‘About Me’ section is a 3–5 sentence summary of your job-relevant information (also known as a CV personal statement or CV summary). Similar to the purpose of a cover letter, its job is to introduce you and convince recruiters to read every part of your CV.

If you’d rather just watch a quick video, our Career Expert Sebastian Morgan explains what a CV ‘About Me’ section is by providing some examples and actionable tips on how you can write an excellent one:

Here’s a good CV ‘About Me’ example:

A CV 'About Me' example with three sentences describing the applicant's most job-relevant information

CV ‘About Me’ Template (Copy/Paste)

 

[Adjective that describes your best trait] [Job Title] with [# years of experience] [work that you do]. Knowledgeable in [most job-relevant skill] and [next most job-relevant skill]. Eager to benefit [Company Name] with my [job-specific ability] in your open [Job Title].

 

Find more CV ‘About Me’ examples, tips for how to describe yourself in this CV section, and answers to related FAQs about CV introductions below:

CV ‘About Me’ examples based on applicant type

We have examples of good CV ‘About Me’ sections for all types of applicants, including:

  1. students
  2. early-career applicants
  3. mid-level job searchers
  4. managers

1. Student CV ‘About Me’ examples

If you’re writing your student CV, create an ‘About Me’ section that connects your education, volunteer and internship positions, and any professional work experience on your CV to your target role. Here are two examples of how to do that:

Student CV ‘About Me’ (with work experience)

A student CV 'About Me' example that includes some internship experience

Student CV ‘About Me’ (with no work experience)

A student CV 'About Me' example with no work experience

Consider writing a one-page CV if you don’t have much experience to highlight. Putting your CV on a single page will help you avoid filling your application with irrelevant information.

2. Early career CV ‘About Me’ examples

Just learning how to write a good CV early in your career? Write an ‘About Me’ section for your CV that emphasises the skills and experience you’ve picked up so far, like these two examples do:

Early career graphic designer CV ‘About Me’

An early-career graphic designer CV 'About Me' example

Early career social media specialist CV ‘About Me’

An early-career social media CV 'About Me' example

3. Mid-level CV ‘About Me’ examples

Many applicants in the middle of their careers are ready to start making the leap to leadership roles. These mid-level career CV ‘About Me’ examples highlight skills and experience that indicate the applicants who wrote them have management potential:

Mid-level software engineer CV ‘About Me’

A mid-level software engineer CV 'About Me' example

Mid-level sales CV ‘About Me’

A mid-level salesperson's CV 'About Me' example

4. Management CV ‘About Me’ examples

As a manager, your CV bio should exhibit your accomplishments as a decision-maker. To get an idea of how to make a CV with an engaging ‘About Me’ for your manager CV, look at these two professional ‘About Me’ examples:

Restaurant manager CV ‘About Me’

A restaurant manager's CV 'About Me' example

Marketing manager CV ‘About Me’

A marketing manager's CV 'About Me' example

How to write your CV ‘About Me’ section

Let’s dive into what makes a good CV ‘About Me’. Here’s how to write the best ‘About Me’ section in three steps:

1. Get the reader’s attention in your first sentence

The first sentence of your CV ‘About Me’ section should get the recruiter immediately interested in you by starting with a descriptive adjective and listing your job title and years of relevant experience. Or you can showcase your degree title and job-specific skills if you’re still a student.

Including these details lets employers know right away that you can handle their workflows. Here’s a first sentence for a CV ‘About Me’ profile that shows the recruiter the applicant can make a positive impact from day one on the job:

Inquisitive journalist with 4+ years of experience breaking sports and entertainment news.

2. Explain why you should be hired

In the next 1–3 sentences, pitch yourself to the recruiter. This is where you describe your top skills and accomplishments, using hard numbers if possible to show employers what you’re capable of, like so:

Skilled interviewer, comfortable shooting/editing video and taking pictures to supplement my articles. Motivated by tight deadlines, maintaining a 100% on-time project rate.

But don’t try to squeeze every one of your accomplishments in and make your pitch too long, or you’ll risk losing the recruiter’s interest. You can go into more detail when you write your cover letter.

3. Customise your ‘About Me’ to your target role

You may think you’ve cleverly written a CV introduction that fits every role you’re applying for — but don’t be fooled: employers can always spot a generic CV. And they don’t appreciate you not taking the time to make a CV that shows how you’ll fit their needs specifically.

So in your final sentence, state the company name and the job title you’re targeting to show employers that you’ve taken the time to make a CV just for them, letting them know you’re genuinely interested in working for them.

Additionally, be sure you connect every skill and experience you describe in your CV ‘About Me’ to the specific job you want. To do that, use skills-based keywords from the job description (e.g., if the job requirements emphasise ‘pivot table expertise’, use that exact phrase).

Here’s a customised CV bio that shows you how to write your own using all the information we’ve covered in the tips above:

A journalist CV 'About Me' example
If possible, include hard numbers in your CV ‘About Me’ section to impress recruiters.

4. Generate a CV ‘about me’ section online

If the above guidance seems too much like hard work, you can save yourself time by building a CV online. Most CV builders get the job done in a few minutes — just answer a few questions and your CV will be ready before you know it.

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Frequently asked questions about writing a CV bio

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about writing your CV’s about me section:

1. Do you need an ‘About Me’ in a CV?

Yes, you need an ‘About Me’ in your CV. Employers quickly read CVs, so putting an introduction at the top ensures that fast-reading recruiters see your best selling points. Also, employers appreciate having a summary of your CV that helps them decide whether to read the rest of your application.

2. How do I write a resume ‘About Me’ section?

You write a resume ‘About Me’ section the same way you’d write one for your CV. There are various differences between a resume and CV, but both documents start off with an introduction. So write a resume ‘About Me’ section like this:

  • First sentence: Introduce yourself with your job or degree title and years of experience (if applicable).
  • Body (1–3 sentences): Explain how your skills and achievements make you the ideal fit for the role.
  • Last sentence: Tell the employer how you’d help them achieve their goals, and what role you’re seeking.

This is a well-written resume ‘About Me’ section from a good resume example:

Friendly and organised receptionist with 3 years of professional experience. Effortlessly manage multi-line phone systems while greeting visitors and scheduling appointments. Looking forward to providing exceptional service and creating a positive first impression for clients and visitors as the Front Desk Receptionist at Family Medical.

3. What are good words to describe yourself on a CV?

Good words to describe yourself on a CV are unique adjectives and action verbs that paint a clear picture of how you work. Below are examples of adjectives and verbs that’ll make your CV stand out to employers:

Descriptive CV adjectives

 

  • Focused
  • Conscientious
  • Upbeat
  • Engaged
  • Knowledgable
  • Reliable

 

Engaging CV verbs

 

  • Lead
  • Analyse
  • Collaborate
  • Maximise
  • Coordinate
  • Motivate

 

A comparison between a dull CV and an eye-catching CV, with a button that leads to the CV Genius CV maker.

Aaron Case, CPRW

Aaron Case is a CPRW & Senior CV Expert at CV Genius with 8+ years of experience in writing and career resource spaces. Job seekers around the world and in various stages of their vocational journeys have landed fulfilling work thanks to his thoughtful career advice, which has also been showcased in publications like MSN, CareerAddict, Ladders, Best Colleges, Ivy Exec, Capitalism.com, and vidIQ. Currently living in beautiful Taiwan, Aaron has a BS in English & Communications from Liberty University bolstered by a professional credential from UC Berkeley. He’s collected practical experience while following various career paths, and he enjoys sharing the resulting insights with everyone. You can contact him through his LinkedIn profile or on Twitter. Please note, we don’t accept guest posts, and all such requests will be ignored.