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A profile summarises your offer to an employer ie what you are, what you have and what you are looking for. Easier to get wrong than right, they are often a generic list of cliches or bland statements. They can be useful for career changers or to set the scene if your career aspiration is not obvious from your degree subject. They can also be a useful prompt for recruitment agencies. Your profile could read “History of Art graduate from Warwick University with customer service experience seeking a front of house position in a professional firm” but this could be communicated more effectively in your covering letter.

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Reformatting this information would give it more impact and avoid repetition. “University of Warwick, BA (Hons) History of Art (First Class)” with the dates displayed on the right of the page to be consistent with the style you have used later in the Professional Experience section.
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An AS is not an A-level and should be included on a separate line. 

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Choose a tense and use it consistently throughout. Starting bullet points with active words <link to words handout> rather than a personal pronoun has more impact.

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After you have selected the most relevant aspects of this experience for this position, consider the order in which you list them. Clearly being approachable is important for a front of house role but might responding to enquiries (bullet point 3) be more relevant than behaviour management (bullet point 2)?

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As with your previous experience, you may wish to review the order in which you “rank” your activities - in a client-facing role you may wish to focus more directly on communicative and interpersonal skills.

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Be consistent in how you present information throughout your CV. You have chosen position followed by a comma and the name of the organisation. This should read “Waitress, Presence Coffee Shop”.
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Whilst we would not advise that you include work experience carried out while at school, you may feel that it makes a genuine contribution to your CV. Ensure that you do not simply repeat skills identified already. Summarise the outcomes so that the balance of your work history focuses on your more recent activities.

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This section is often titled “Additional Skills” and is used to describe specific abilities not mentioned in sufficient detail previously.
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Indicate your proficiency in spoken and written Italian.
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If you are trying to highlight your experience, it may be more effectively conveyed with appropriate examples within the Work Experience section.

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Whilst clearly demonstrating your passion for your degree subject, consider the relevance for this position and whether you need to include it, and whether it has been put in the correct context.

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You should only need to provide two referees, one of whom is typically an academic from your Department.

You should request permission before sharing a potential referee's details with anyone else as a matter of courtesy but use the contact to highlight any skills/qualities that you wish them to mention when supplying your reference.