A great profile on ServiceYear.org has some or all of these elements:

  • Profile picture: while this doesn’t need to be a professional picture where you’re in dress clothes, you should use a photo you’d be comfortable sharing when applying for a service year opportunity 
  • Cover photo: this is the background photo that goes behind your profile. Oftentimes, people choose to put a picture of a landscape, skyline or something artistic
  • Why I want to serve section: this should be one to two paragraphs explaining your motivation for serving
  • About Me section: this should be one to two paragraphs giving some info on your background (e.g. your education, long-term ambitions, hobbies, etc.)
  • Characteristics: Are you more of a creative type or an analytic? Big-picture thinker or a details person? 
  • Qualifications or Certifications: Are you certified in CPR? Any important skills that will make you stand out?
  • Location: Indicate what city and state you’re in so that nearby organizations can make a recommendation to you.
  • Education: Whether you’re a college grad or still pursuing your high school diploma, you can share your education background.
  • LinkedIn Profile: You have the option of including a link to your LinkedIn Profile, if you would like to share it.

Now that you’ve read about the elements of a great profile, let’s see specific examples of great profiles!

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