Writing a personal statement can be difficult. You have to try and include as much information about yourself and your expertise whilst keeping the content down to a paragraph of text…or less! So how do you write an effective personal statement?
The first thing you need to establish is what goes into a personal statement. Generally, you should try to include the following when writing your personal statement:
- You need to set your personal statement up with a brief introduction, outlining who you are as a candidate e.g “I have recently graduated from university and am a hardworking, driven individual, proven by my first class degree.”
- Your current position. Your personal statement should introduce your work experience by telling an employer what your current work status is e.g “I am currently working in Sales and enjoy target driven, challenging working environments.”
- Your experience and expertise. An employer will be able to find out your career expertise and skills when reading your CV, but why not give them a glimpse in the personal statement section and grab their attention? e.g “I have several years of experience working in both telephone sales and on-the-road sales environments and have built up a strong knowledge of sales processes and CRM systems.”
- What you are looking for. Lastly, your personal statement should briefly outline why you are looking for work. You shouldn’t go into too much detail (save that for the career objective and cover letter) but give the employer an idea as to why you are looking for employment e.g “I am now looking to further my skills and experience in a larger organisation where I feel my skills will be utilised and where my skills can develop more efficiently.”
If you are still unsure what to include in your personal statement we have listed below a few examples for different scenarios which should hopefully help you supercharge your CV writing!
I have recently graduated from ABC University where I gained a 2:1 in Media Studies. I have since worked for xxxx which has enhanced both my creativity and knowledge of the industry. I am a passionate individual looking for a new challenge. In my last role I worked on xxx campaign and achieved xxx which is why I am now looking to develop my career even further.
I am a highly dedicated and results driven individual, proven by my extensive experience in the xxx industry. I have worked for several high-profile clients including xxx and xxx and have enjoyed being an integral part of the events team for both companies. Having helped to organise corporate functions and deliver successful and profitable events, I have been able to develop both my organisational and negotiation skills. I am now looking to develop these skills within an organisation that can both utilise and benefit from my expertise.
I am a highly dedicated and results driven individual, proven by my extensive experience in the xxx industry. I have worked for several high-profile clients including xxx and have enjoyed being an integral part of the events team for both companies. Having helped to organise functions and deliver successful and profitable events – I have been able to develop my organisational and negotiation skills. Whilst I have enjoyed my time within this industry I would like to further develop my skills in a new and challenging environment. I feel I have attained a number of transferrable skills from my previous work experience and hope to use these in a dynamic company.
These are just a few examples of how you can write a personal statement. The key point to focus on when writing a personal statement is personalising it to the company and the job role you are applying to.
Before you write your personal statement visit the company website and familiarise yourself with the company’s goals and aspirations. Read through the job description and note down the key skills the role requires. Now you have this information you can write a bespoke personal statement. If you tailor this section (and the rest of your CV) to the employer’s needs you’ll be boosting your chances of being invited to a job interview.
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