25 September, 2015

Personal Statements and CVs

To do or not to do?  Should you write a personal statement on your CV or not?  A personal statement is an optional section of your CV, so it can be left out.  However, a well written personal statement can be just the thing that makes your CV stand out from the crowd and entice the employer to read on.

Tips to writing a personal statement:
• Keep it concise and do not ramble – it should be no longer than 6 lines
• Watch your grammar – do not mix first and third person sentences
• Highlight your key strengths, skills and experience (keep it short!)
• Target your skills to the position you are applying for – make it clear you are a good match for the job

With a personal statement you are trying to get the employer to very quickly identify you as a potential employee and put your CV into the ‘yes’ pile for interviewing.  You need to read the role description carefully, identify the key skill areas they are looking for and make sure your statement reflects this.  In some role descriptions, emphasis is often placed on values; if this is the case you want to make sure that you identify those values which will make you a good fit for the company.

A good general rule is to think of your statement in three parts:  who you are, what you can offer and what you aim for in your career.

There are a number of good examples online to give you inspiration.  Just google ‘personal statements for cv’ and start writing!

 

 

 

 

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