Everything you need to know about writing your personal statement
by Heat Recruitment
Writing your personal statement can certainly be tough, but this easy how-to should help.
It’s the first thing a prospective employer will read when they open your CV – for that reason, it’s also the first thing many ambitious job hunters struggle with when making their application.
On the surface, the task of writing a summary of your value as an employee seems straightforward: it’s only a few lines, after all. Yet, considering the competition in the market and the fact that even one spelling or grammar mistake can cause your resumé to be discarded, there’s a lot resting on the profile section of your CV.
When it comes to writing your personal statement, there are certain do’s and don’ts – the last thing you want is to give a hiring manager a good reason not to read on. This in mind, we’ve put together the following tips to ensure prospective employers take notice of your application.
It shouldn’t ramble on
Your CV personal profile should be succinct and to the point, summarising your value in no more than 200 words. Anything longer and you risk losing the interest of the hiring manager, who should have already received an introduction of your skills, experience and ambitions through your cover letter.
Try to keep it brief and impactful, weaving your most desirable traits, specialist subject and career ambitions into a few short sentences with a strong opening hook, e.g. “A highly-skilled paraplanner with experience in client-facing roles seeking exciting opportunities for progression in the field of financial advice.”
It should be honest
Stretching the truth might seem like the easiest way to get noticed, but lying on your CVis in fact a criminal offence. What’s more, lies can be easily uncovered and damage your reputation in your industry. Honesty is always the best policy, even for those who have just kickstarted their professional career. If you feel there is little experience draw on, highlight your key strengths and focus on your passion and potential – leave fabrications and fake news at the door.
It should be professional, but not robotic
Your personal statement is just that: personal. If you are to stand out from the crowd, you need to make it memorable and not come across as a robot. As much as core skills and experience matters, hiring managers also seek candidates who will bring something new to their workplace culture; they want people who aren’t just equipped with expertise but brimming with excitement and enthusiasm for the role. That said, don’t go overboard with the exclamation points, throw in jargon or attempt to be their friend – this is a professional application, not a social media profile.
It should use keywords, not buzzwords
Fancy yourself as a guru, an innovator or a wizard in your job? In the world of recruitment, buzzwords signal fluff and no substance and will only help you to stand out for the wrong reasons. Instead, refer to the job advert to pick out a few role and industry-based keywords.
Using the appropriate keywords will ensure your resumé is selected as relevant by the recruiting software known as an Applicant Tracking System (ABS). This tool is designed to make a recruiter’s life easier by scanning a document for the required skills taken from the job description. Just as in website development, keyword stuffing is never a good idea: as important as it is that the ATS selects your CV as relevant, your reader is still a human who seeks to know the person behind the skills.
Once your confident writing your personal statement, get in touch with Heat Recruitment to discuss our job roles