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Writing a Personal Statement

A personal statement is always helpful to have and update at intervals, this is most commonly referred to on an application form as ‘additional information’. It is your chance to really sell yourself and let an employer know why you are the best person for the job. A personal statement will need to be tailored for a specific job depending on the job specification.

A personal statement needs to be clearly communicated and concise, don’t just waffle! It should be written in continuous prose with short paragraphs. You can use sub-headings for each point on the job specification to help break it up into sections.

What to include:

  • All skills that you have learnt from your previous work experiences that are relevant to the job (this can include: volunteering, internships etc.)
  • Experience and relevant knowledge that you gained from education
  • What has attracted you to the job
  • What skills, qualities and knowledge you have that would make you an ideal employer
  • What unique contribution can you make to the company
  • What is your career aims? What do you want to achieve by working for the company and how can you add value?

Top Tip:

Make sure you have asked someone to proof read your personal statement!

Please click the link for advice on how to create a personal statement.http://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/cv/CVProfiles.htm

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