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