Resume Example with a Headline and a Profile

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The following is an example of a resume that includes both a headline and a profile. A headline (also known as a resume title) is a brief phrase that summarizes what makes you an ideal candidate for the job.

resume profile also provides a summary of your value as a job candidate, but it is often longer. A resume profile is typically a small paragraph or a bulleted list of points. Both are located at the top of your resume, with the headline coming first.

Including a headline and a profile in your resume provides even more information about yourself for the employer.

Read below for advice on how to write a resume headline and a profile. Then read a sample resume with both a headline and profile. This sample resume is for a sales position.

Tips for Writing a Resume Headline

Put your headline at the top. After your name and contact information, your headline should be the first thing the employer sees at the top of your resume. Even if you include a resume profile as well, your headline should come first.

Use a phrase, not a sentence. A headline should not be a complete sentence. Think of it as a title – it should be a concise phrase that explains why you are an ideal fit for the job.

Capitalize the entire headline. Because the headline is a sort of title, capitalize each word in the headline, as you would a title. Like with other titles, don’t capitalize short words like “a,” “an,” and “the,” unless they are the first word in the headline.

Use keywords. Make sure the headline demonstrates why you are a good fit for the specific job. One way to do this is to include keywords from the job listing in your headline. For example, if the listing says the candidate needs strong “data processing” skills, you might make a headline that includes the phrase “10 Years of Data Processing Experience.”

Tips for Writing a Resume Profile

Put your profile below the headline. You want your profile towards the top of your resume, under your name and contact information. If you have a headline as well, put the profile right underneath the headline.

Use sentences or bullet points. Unlike a headline, you can use complete sentences in a resume profile. You can either write a short paragraph, or create a list using bullet points. Either way, don’t capitalize every word in the profile, as you would in a headline. Instead, just capitalize the first letter of each sentence, or of each bullet point.

Use keywords. Just like a headline, you want to include keywords from the job listing in your profile. Look at the job listing, and circle any keywords that are important for the job. Include as many of those keywords in your profile as you can. This will show the employer that you are an ideal fit for the specific job.

Resume Example with a Headline and a Profile (Text Version)

James Applicant
123 Main Street
Denver, CO 80022
c: (111) 555-1111

Award-Winning Sales Clerk with Seven Years Experience

  • Acclaimed for customer service and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent money-handling skills and familiarity with POS systems
  • Developed and implemented techniques to increase front-counter sales by 10%


Sales Clerk, Amy's Boutique
Denver, CO
September 20XX-Present

- Provide private shopping appointments for high-end clients

- Assist customers in handling returns and exchanges

- Selected to participate in team project to design and arrange window displays and rearrange floor layout

Sales Clerk, MediaPlay
Madison, WI
September 20XX-August 20XX

- Assisted customers in selecting and purchasing electronic equipment

- Managed customer product returns and exchanges, and answered any questions regarding return policy

- Led training courses for incoming sales clerks 

- Nominated for Employee of the Month three times for exceptional sales record

Cashier, Shaw's Grocery Store
Madison, WI
September 20XX-June 20XX

- Provided customer service at cash register and scanning stations for hundreds of customers daily

- Responsible for stocking, arranging floor displays, and opening/closing procedures 

- Greeted patrons at door and assisted in retrieving their items

- Received Employee of the Month award for outstanding customer service


ABC College
Madison, WI 
Bachelor of Arts, May 20XX
Cum laude


  • Skilled at operating computerized cash registers, scanners, and other POS systems