15 July 2019
When you’re choosing a film, TV program or book, what do you look at? The summary. The blurb. Those crucial few lines in the bottom-right-hand corner of the Netflix tab, on the back of the DVD, or the book are all you need to know. In a fraction of the time you’d take to decide on a meal in a restaurant, your judgment is made and the DVD is either bought and taken home or tossed back on the shelf.
It’s the same with personal statements. Does yours sell yourself to the absolute max? When you’ve spent hours crafting a CV and cover letter, it can be tricky to decide what to put in those scary few lines at the top. You might think “surely I’ve said all there is to say already!”. Piecing out what information should go where on your application is no easy task, we know! But in order to give yourself the chance to shine you deserve, it’s worth taking a few extra minutes to perfect the finishing touches.
As experienced recruiters, we’ve seen our fair share of personal statements in our time. From career changers to graduates to people who have just been made redundant, we’ve seen the good, the bad and the just plain bizarre! When you’re trying to stand out whilst looking like a good fit, we understand it can be tricky to get the balance right.
To help you get an idea of the type of concise, clear and callback-ready personal statements that will help get you to that crucial interview stage, we’ve put together some examples for you to work with. The key thing all of them have in common is that they convey the unique selling points of each candidate and focus on the positive aspects of their current situations.
If you’ve been staring at that blinking cursor, trying to think of an original way to introduce yourself then have a look at some of our key examples below for a little inspiration…
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Experienced Welder/Fabricator with strong MIG and TIG welding, alongside fabrication experience gained over a 10-year career. Adept at using both hand and power tools. Confident reading and working from detailed engineering drawings. I am now looking to join a larger company with more scope to develop my skills in order to progress.
A driven and conscientious individual with strong ambition. I have recently completed my BTEC Business Administration at college, where I gained excellent grades in all modules. I am eager to enter the workplace and begin a career in the commercial sector. My long-term career goal is to become a Sales Consultant and then eventually an Account Manager. An outgoing and personable worker with the skills to make this aspiration a reality, I hope you will consider my application.
As an experienced journalist, I have spent 12 years honing my skills in copywriting, producing original and engaging content for both digital and printed media. My outstanding interpersonal skills enabled me to build an extensive PR network, developing key relationships with local business stakeholders. I am now eager to begin a career in commercial content writing within a marketing team, producing exciting and on-brand material for an innovative company.
Following a career break
A passionate and focused support worker who is looking to rejoin the workforce after taking a career break to travel. Outstanding communication skills, proactive approach to providing excellent care. I pride myself on having an empathetic nature and adjusting my approach to suit people with a wide range of specialist needs. I am now looking to join an established care home with the view to building my skill set and one day becoming a Senior Support Worker.
A recent Human Resources graduate with a First Class Honours Degree from The University of X, looking to secure an HR Administration role in a hands-on and stimulating environment. Having gained a depth of insight into HR throughout my degree, I am keen to gain practical experience and build the foundations of a strong HR career.
A reliable and meticulous Quality Assurance Coordinator with 15 years’ experience specializing in nutrition-focused brands. With a strong track record maintaining the highest standards of quality assurance seen in a leading packaging supplier for over 20 years, I am currently seeking a new opportunity following recent company liquidation. As someone who embraces new challenges and is passionate about quality, I look forward to bringing extensive value to a welcoming QA department.
It's all about you, you, you!
When all is said and done, it simply comes down to selling yourself! Why not imagine … what if you were the recruiter, instead of the candidate? Imagine that you are the one doing the hiring and you’ve decided to hire … you. Why did you make this call? Whatever your reasons for seeking a change in your career, you should be able to hold your head high with the confidence that you can bring real value to your next company. Get this across in your opening personal statement and it’ll be time to prepare for interview stage before you know it…
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