Writing a Personal Statement

The purpose of a Personal Statement

Many application processes include a requirement to state why you believe that you are suitable for the job or course in question. This section of the application form is often referred to as a personal statement. It is your opportunity to convince the reader that you are interested in the position and that you have all the necessary skills and aptitudes to be successful in the role.

What do recruiters look for in a Personal Statement?

A good indication of what an employer is looking for in a personal statement is what they have identified as the key requirements of the role and the type of skills and experiences that are important. These are often identified in the ‘person specification’ for the job, which is a comprehensive list of all the criteria against which candidates will be measured.

Personal Statement Guide:

1. If there is a job description for the post you’re applying for, look over the list of duties one-by-one and think of examples of how your experience of could match these duties.
2. Remember to include experience with groups or voluntary work.
3. Do not worry about trying to fill all the space provided. Keep sentences short and simple.
4. Try not to use short forms (i.e. I’m, don’t, wouldn’t……use I am, I do not, I would not).
5. Summarise with a short concluding paragraph.

Intro: Why I want this job and what especially interests me about it.
Main Body: (Go through the personal specification/ duties list and give a short sentence of how you could meet each one. If possible give examples of how you’ve demonstrated each in the past or at least how you would strive to meet them in the future if you don’t have experience).
Conclude: What personal qualities can I bring to the job?

 

Personal Statement

Many application processes include a requirement to state why you believe that you are suitable for the job or course in question. This section of the application form is often referred to as a ‘personal statement’. It is your opportunity to convince the reader that you are interested in the position and that you have all the necessary skills and aptitudes to be successful in the role.

Example:

I am interested in applying for the post of Nursery Nurse at St Bede’s Children’s Hospital, I have substantial experience of working with children in various childcare settings, in both educational and social care settings, and am still enthralled and challenged by how children develop, learn and interact. I would particularly love to work with sick children to help them to make up time lost from school through illness and/or help stimulate them at a frustrating time.

I understand something of the quality of care offered at St Bede’s through my short-term volunteer placement at the hospital last year. I have worked with children of varying ages and abilities in one-to-one and small group situations, and can offer a caring attitude, patience, an interest in creative activities and music. I play the piano and guitar and have recently begun a course in sign language.

One of my recent personal achievements was offering respite care to a child with severe behavioural difficulties, who needed 24-hour care, for a week, to enable her parents to have a break. Through empathy, hard work and developing an understanding of personal needs I built an excellent relationship with the child.

Additionally I have the skills to cope with various ages of children with varying health problems and who can offer flexibility and breadth of experience, both of which I possess.

Finally I am a naturally cheerful, capable, adaptable person with good teamwork and interpersonal skills developed in my previous employment and I would enjoy the challenge of working in a hospital setting. I can bring examples of creative and musical projects, undertaken with children, when I attend an interview.