To apply for jobs and postgraduate study you need a personal statement – it’s a chance for you to show that you have the right knowledge, skills, abilities and personal qualities.
Before you start
- Allow plenty of time to write and re-draft your statement.
- Read the person specification or course detail.
- Research the role and organisation and use this to show your wider understanding of the job.
- Always tailor your personal statement to each opportunity.
- Read any instructions – these might include restrictions on word count.
- Keep your statement direct and focused on the post.
- Address each specification point to show how you match the criteria.
- Use evidence to back up your suitability from a wide range of examples.
- Reflect the language and terminology that they use.
- Try to use positive examples that show you in a good light.
- Have I addressed all of the essential criteria?
- Have I stated what makes me different from my course colleagues?
- Have I offered evidence for the skills that I claim to hold?
- Have I mentioned why I’ve applied?
- Plan your statement before writing it: this will allow you to have a clear, concise structure.
- Always re-read and double check your personal statement and remember that grammar and spelling need to be spot on.
- Keep a copy! You may need it for an interview.
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