A personal statement serves as a concise overview of your skills, experiences, and personal qualities.

We know that crafting an impeccable personal statement is one of the key ways to presenting yourself as the ideal candidate for the job.

We’ve written some guidance to help you create a personal statement that not only shows you at your best, but leaves a lasting impression on the recruiters making the decisions for the role at hand.

Research Your Dream Company

Just like getting to know your perfect partner, take the time to research the company you’re applying to. Understand their values, mission, and culture, and tailor your statement to show how your skills and experiences align with their ideal persona.

Keep the personal statement short and sweet however, you can give more detailed examples of your skills and experiences in the relevant sections of your CV.

Be Passionate

Employers are attracted to candidates who are passionate about what they do. Use your personal statement to convey your enthusiasm for your field and the role you’re applying for.

Let your passion shine through, and you’ll capture the attention of employers who share your career interests.

Relationship to the Role

One size does not fit all when it comes to personal statements. Take the time to highlight your statement and the relationship to each job you apply for. Research the company and the role, and personalise your statement to show how you’re the perfect fit.

Refer to the job description and identify the skills, experiences and personal attributes you have that make you the ideal candidate.

Speak From the Heart

Keep your personal statement concise and heartfelt. Employers receive many applications, so it’s important to grab their attention with your sincerity. Avoid clichés and unnecessary details, and focus on sharing the most genuine aspects of your experience and skills.

Fall in Love with the Company Culture

Use your personal statement to express your connection with the company culture and values. Show that you understand what makes the company unique and why you’re absolutely smitten with the opportunity to be a part of it!

Seek Advice from a Match Maker

Ability Plus offers support and guidance as part of our process when you register with us as a candidate. We’ll offer valuable insights and suggestions to make your statement even more magnetic to your ideal employers.

Be Genuine

Just like in dating, authenticity is key. Be genuine in your personal statement, and let your true self shine through. Avoid clichés and buzzwords, and instead focus on expressing who you are and what you can bring to the table.

Show Your Commitment

Just like in a relationship, employers are looking for candidates who are committed for the long haul. Use your personal statement to demonstrate your commitment to the field you’re applying for and your career goals.

Proofread With Love

Before sending your personal statement, proofread it with some TLC. Typos and mistakes can put a damper on your efforts, so take the time to ensure your statement is error-free and sends the right message.

Crafting a flawless personal statement is all about showing potential employers why you’re the perfect match for the job.

By following these tips and infusing your statement with your best bits and some personality, you’ll be sure to attract the right kind of interest this Valentine’s season.

Love, Ability Plus

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Anne Hanna ‐ February 7, 2024