How to Write an Outstanding Personal Statement (With Examples)

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A good personal statement can help sell you as the best candidate to prospective employers and universities. When applying for a job employment or university program, the employer or school may request you include a personal statement that details your qualifications for a position or degree program.

Writing a great personal statement can help you stand out among other candidates vying for the position or school program, since an effective personal statement highlights your skills and goals to the university or employer,

Want to create an outstanding personal statement? We got you covered. In this guide we will show you how to write a compelling personal statement proven to get the job done by increasing your chances of getting the job or course.

What is a Personal Statement?

A personal statement is a piece of information that highlights your achievements, talents, experiences, skills, and goals usually included in a job application, university program application, resume or cover letter.

When written well, a personal statement can be an effective tool that makes you stand out among other applicants for the position or program you are applying.

How Long Should a Personal Statement Be?

If you are writing a statement for job application, it should contain no more than a paragraph or about 70 – 150 words.

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But when you are writing a statement for a university program (masters or advance degrees), it ought to be more detailed and should contain about 3 – 4 paragraphs.

How to Write a Personal Statement

Your personal statement should highlight who you are, your strengths, qualifications, education you’ve got, and/or any experiences you have. It is also best to include your interpersonal skills like teamwork, time management, leadership skills, etc when you are just starting out and have no related technical skills, and hard and soft skills if you are an experienced candidate

A good way to create a strong personal statement is by breaking the statement down to small and manageable steps. Below are chunks of information you can come up with, and when gathered together will result to a perfect personal statement that can help you win any role or program you are applying for.

1. Start with a Compelling Personal Introduction

Although there is no hard rule on what type of information to start with, but a god way to encourage the reader into reading your personal statement is by starting your statement with catchy and interesting information about your personality, and if deemed appropriate, chip in some of your experience with the job or course topic.

If you are applying for a job, use a strong sentence to mention the most relevant aspects of your personality and interests in the role you are seeking.

For a university application, you should write a full paragraph statement that discusses part of the program or school that interests you.

2. Highlight More of Your Skills, Interests, and Experiences

The next part of your personal statement should highlight most of your relevant skills, interests, and experiences.

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You can write on the below elements that will make this part of you statement catchy and interesting.

  • Your relevant key skills
  • Your talents related to the application
  • Your experiences and achievements
  • Achievable goals during the course of the program or employment.

3. Write a Strong Conclusion

In order to conclude your personal statement, you should use a strong statement that will encourage the employer or person in charge of the university program application to take action. It can be a restatement of what you stand to gain with the experience you will get from the role or program, and why you should be considered for the position or program.

Some key point you can write about when concluding your personal statement includes:

  • Summary of your body and introduction contents
  • An extension of your goals

If you are writing for a job application, a single sentence is enough for the conclusion, but for university application, a full paragraph is best to use.

4. Proofread

Before you send your personal statement, you should take some time to go through it and edit it. You can read aloud to learn how it sound, and also be able to detect errors in it like grammatical errors, typo errors, wrong spellings, hard to understand phrases, etc.

Your personal statement is a vital information about you and any atom of error in its contents will ruin your chances of getting the job or program you are seeking for.

Tips for Writing a Quality Personal Statement

Personal statement tips
  • Include key skills
  • Attract the reader by using a polite, professional, and positive tone
  • Keep the statement short, concise and within the recommended  length for the statement
  • Highlight key areas you specialize in
  • Indicate the role you are seeking
  • Avoid unnecessary clichés
  • Include keywords from the job description in the statement

Personal Statement Examples

Below are example of personal statement examples for job application.

Experienced and qualified Accountant with a sound understanding of financial controls and processes. A strong commercial awareness combined with the ability to analyze and produce high quality management reports to tight deadlines. Specific experience of developing cost saving practices, budget management and forecasting within the retail and utilities sectors. Now looking to broaden experience specifically in an IT firm.

A well-presented, patient and friendly Customer Service Advisor with a proven track record of building relationships by providing information on additional products and services and helping customers find the right ones to meet their needs. A genuine ‘can-do’ attitude demonstrated through a number of staff awards, and an excellent telephone manner combines to contribute to the growth of any business. Trained in effectively resolving customer complaints and now looking for a suitable position to take on more responsibility and expand retail experience.

Now it’s Your Turn

That’s it on our guide on how to write a personal statement, tips and examples.

Hope you found it helpful?

Which steps do you plan to take right now to come up with your statement? All steps?

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