The Perfect Personal Statement

PART 1 – WHAT IS A PERSONAL STATEMENT?⁠

A personal statement, also known as a personal profile, summarises what you can offer an employer in relation to the job you’re applying for.⁠

“It needs to convince your audience that you’re a good fit for the role in hand” says McGuire, Founder of Giraffe CVs.⁠

Senior HR Business Partner at Amazon, Lucy Ventrice agrees “It’s your opportunity to sell yourself and highlight what sets you apart from others”.⁠

The personal statement shouldn’t be confused with a supporting statement, which is similar to a cover letter.⁠

The functional, chronological or hybrid styles of CV all require a personal statement.⁠

Writing a personal statement can be challenging. You have to condense your experience and skills into a few sentences., so join us tomorrow for more tips in part 2.⁠

And if you are looking for support and guidance take a look at our Career Toolbox, it’s full of resources to help maximise your potential when considering your next professional steps, getting interview ready, or getting ready for your first day. Head to the Career Academy link in our bio 👆🏼⁠

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PART 2 – WRITING A PERSONAL STATEMENT⁠

Recruiters and employers like personal statements as they can easily see if you are a match in skills, experience and attitude to their job.⁠

With over 100 applications for some vacancies, this is a brilliant time-saver. A recruiter will only read the rest of your CV if you’re personal statement signals you’ll add value.⁠

You need to be able to sell yourself succinctly in your personal statement to stand out from the crowd.⁠

Sharon Xenophontos, Senior HR Manager at Macfarlanes LLP sees it as “an opportunity to summarise your unique selling points and allow employers to quickly read ‘between the lines’ of your CV.”⁠

Lucy Ventrice, Senior HR Business Partner at Amazon agrees “in a very competitive market you must focus on what experience, skills or attributes you have that would benefit a future employer?” ⁠

PART 3 – HOW LONG SHOULD A PERSONAL STATEMENT BE?⁠

Sharon Xenophonotos, Senior HR Manager at Macfarlanes LLP recommends you “use proper sentences, a short paragraph of two to three sentences should be sufficient”.⁠

Sally Whiteside, Head of HR for Tesco Online agrees “It should be short and sharp, representing your tone of voice to set you apart”.⁠

Remember, the personal statement is a summary. You can expand on your successes elsewhere in your CV.⁠

Providing the first impression to potential employers, your CV and professional LinkedIn pages need to be professional, fresh and inviting. We can help you present your personal brand to ensure you get noticed. Head to our CV and LinkedIn Toolkits by visiting the RFS Career Academy – link in bio 👆🏼⁠

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PART 4 – HOW TO STRUCTURE A PERSONAL STATEMENT⁠

A personal statement should answer the question “why are you the best person for the job?” says Lucy Ventrice Senior HR Business Partner at Amazon.⁠

She suggests “Start with a mind map. Put yourself in the middle and [write down] your experience, skills and attributes. Do the same with the future employer in the middle, what are they looking for in the job advert? Then compare the two and build from there.”⁠

McGuire, a Professional CV Writer adds “while it may seem logical that your personal statement should be all about you, to be effective, it should be about your target employer and how you can meet their needs”.⁠

Break this down into:⁠

– The number of years of experience in the field.⁠
– What specialist or transferable skills can you offer?⁠
– What areas of expertise do you have?⁠
– What relevant industries have you worked in?⁠
– What personal qualities relevant to the role can you offer?⁠
– Do you have any relevant qualifications or interests?⁠

The answers to these questions will determine the structure of your personal statement.⁠

Sally Whiteside, Head of HR for Tesco Online agrees “The statement should be structured around your history of achievements, linking them all together to tell a compelling story of what it would be like to work with you and what value you will add to the company.”⁠

PART 5 – HOW TO START A PERSONAL STATEMENT⁠

While introducing yourself in a career summary format, your opening sentence needs to “hook your reader, compelling them to read the next sentence, and the next” says McGuire, Founder of Giraffe CVs.⁠

The opening sentence of your personal statement should include:⁠

– Your job title.⁠
– The number of years’ experience.⁠
– A particular expertise you have.⁠
– Active positive words or verbs.⁠

Join us tomorrow for the last part of the Personal Statement mini-series with How to close a personal statement…⁠

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PART 6 – HOW TO CLOSE A PERSONAL STATEMENT⁠

There are two ways to end your personal statement.⁠

Senior HR Manager at Macfarlanes LLP, Sharon Xenophontos, finds it helpful if candidates let employers know what they are looking for. “It’s all part of the matching process” she says.⁠

If you’re at a relatively early stage in your career state your career goal. Remember, your stated must relate to the role you’re applying for.⁠

Example personal statement ending – entry level⁠
My career goal is to gain responsibility for leading on a project and managing delivery successfully, actively contributing to achieving the business goals.⁠

If you’re a bit further along in your career, state more specific goals and why you’d like to work for the employer.⁠

Example personal statement ending –career developer⁠
Hoping to join an innovative and dynamic company, and develop my social media and marketing skills further.⁠

We hope you have found this 6 part series useful but if you would like more guidance on CV writing, interview tips or courses please do not hesitate to contact us via email – enquiries@recruitforspouses.co.uk⁠

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