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Personal Statements

To apply for jobs and postgraduate study you need a  personal statement – it’s a chance for you to show that you have the appropriate knowledge, skills, personal qualities and experience.

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/course.
  • Address each specification point to show how you match the criteria/course requirements.
  • 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.

Ask yourself

  • 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 to the course at that particular institution or job with that particular employer?

General Tips

  • 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.
  • Get some feedback on your personal statement from a careers adviser by booking into one of our appointment slots via:

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