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Personal statements function as the introduction to your CV and include a brief overview of your professional profile and career objectives. Personal statements are designed to grab the recruiter’s attention and keep them reading further.

 

Top tips:

  • Tailor your personal statement to every job you apply to.
  • Personal statements should be punchy and attention-grabbing. Keep your personal statement between 50 and 150 words. Short, sweet and to the point.

 

There is no specific layout to a personal statement, everyone is unique and ‘personal’. It’s up to you how to structure it but there are things you should include.

 

Things to include in your Personal Statement:

  • A Personal Profile – Introduce yourself, letting the employer know a little bit about you. Present yourself using keywords.

 

  • Your Motivations – Tell the employer about your aspirations and motivations. What drives you to succeed?

 

  • Skills and Experiences - Elaborate on your past experiences. Include skills and qualifications that are relevant to the job you are applying for.

  • Your Career Goals – Detail what do you want to gain from this job and what your career goals and future expectations are.

 

Keywords:

Make your personal statement stand out by using solid keywords. Keywords are a great way to express yourself positively and confidently.

Examples:

  • Confident
  • Flexible
  • Adaptable
  • Hardworking
  • Reliable
  • Dedicated
  • Dynamic
  • Enthusiastic
  • Resourceful
  • People-oriented
  • Loyal
  • Driven
  • Motivated

 

What tense should your personal statement be written in?

Your personal statement can be written in any person or tense – as long as you maintain consistency throughout.

CV Tips - Personal Statement
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