Succeeding with your Personal Statement…
When you embark on life after your HND or AAT studies, it’s important to sell yourself to employers or higher education providers as best you can. Personal statements are a great way of enhancing your job applications and can add depth to the details outlined in your CV. Here we discuss ten vital elements that should always be included in a personal statement.
Before we begin, it’s important to note what a personal statement is for; it’s an opportunity to connect your skills and experience directly with the details outlined in the application description. Keep this in mind when writing a personal statement.
- Simplicity is key. Much like your CV, the personal statement should be succinct, with only the most relevant details being included. Make it easy for the reader to find the connection between your skills and the those required by the role.
- Be professional, positive and focus on your strengths. The personal statement gives you an opportunity to sell yourself – carpe diem!
- Address why you’ve chosen to apply for the job or course. Reasons could include your professional and personal motivations and how that connects to the position. It may be the next logical step in your professional development journey.
- Research the role and use the knowledge gained from the research to connect the personal statement with the job criteria. You’ll be able to align your and the company’s ethos and show you understand what’s necessary to work in their environment.
- Highlight your skills and demonstrate how the skills prepare you for the role; this could be innovative thinking, organisational skills or team ethic. When possible, use professional examples to show your relevance.
- Give examples of where you employed anayltical and critical thinking in a professional or academic capacity. These skills are positive markers of potential and show an ability to think and work independently.
- Include any applicable extracurricular activities for a more friendly touch to the work-focused personal statement.
- Briefly mention your career aspirations and the direction you wish to head in professionally. You’ll show yourself as a forward-thinking worker with the drive to succeed.
- Explain the work, academic or otherwise, you’ve put in to arrive at this point in your career; this is an excellent opportunity to show how you’re willing to go further to make something a success.
- UKCBC provides a fantastic support network for students who want to embark on a successful career after an HND. This may also include using the qualification you have to go onto further higher education, such as getting a degree.
It’s important to understand the skills you have and how these transfer over to the role you aspire to have. Express why you are right for a role or course and show you understand what it involves and how this will help you develop. Enthusiasm is key and will help you stand out from the crowd.