How to write a personal statement for your CV
A critical aspect of creating a CV that has a dynamic impact is writing a personal statement, sometimes called a profile or career summary that will enable the recruiter to quickly identify the strategic value you can add to their organization. Your CV should be a self-marketing document aimed at persuading the recruiter to want to interview you and your personal statement is a critical part of making this happen.
Many candidates struggle with writing the statement part of their CV but it doesn't necessarily have to be a difficult as you may think. A well written statement can be between 50 and 200 words, although it is important not to ramble. Remember you always have your cover letter to include interesting and engaging information which will act as the gateway to them then wanting to read your CV.
It's important to read the personal specification of the job carefully and ensure not only that your skills and experience match but you reflect this in your statement. I am often asked whether a statement should be written in the first or third person and, while there are no definitive rules about this, my preference is always to write in the first person because the CV is all about you and your skill set. However, this doesn't mean that you have to add 'I' at the beginning of each sentence, the reader knows it's about you so avoid this type of repetition and keep the reader engaged in your value and transferable skills.
As a general rule, it's best to break the statement into three sections: Who you are For example: As recent graduate from Durham University, with a 2:1 honours degree in media communications, I have undertaken several internships within leading organizations such as Bertelsmann and Times Warner. These placements have enabled me to develop not only specific media industry experience, but also a valuable and transferable skill set in this fast-paced sector.
The above opening has allowed the recruiter to quickly identify, where you are coming from, that you have had industry experience (something that may be in the selection criteria) and core transferable skills. This in itself could be enough for your opening statement, but it can be expanded upon by adding some additional information.
What you can bring to the table For example: During placement with Bertelsmann, I worked within the media division contributing to projects such as the award-winning China Max Documentary and managed my own research, liaised with various divisions, formulated media reports and participated in group project meetings. Utilising excellent communication skills, I developed and maintained successful working relationships with both internal and external staff.
Your career aim For example: Looking to secure a position in a media organization, where I can bring immediate and strategic value and develop current skill set further.
An example of a poorly written personal statement Tim is a recent graduat
e from Durham University, with a 2:1 honours degree in media communications; I have undertaken several internships within leading organizations. Tim is now looking to secure a position in a media organization where I can develop my current skill set.
The mismatch of first and third person copy is not only confusing to the reader but it almost sounds like a profile about different people. It also lacks specific detail and proof of what value the candidate could bring to the company.
Key points on writing a dynamic and interesting personal statement: Get straight to the point: avoid lengthy descriptions and make your testimonies punchy and informative.
Keep it between 50 to 200 words maximum.
If you have enough space, use 1.5 line spacing to make you statement easier to read. Match person and job specifications with well written copy. Read your profile out loud to ensure it reads naturally. Don't mix first and third person sentences.
Name: Miss Lei Sex: Female National: Han
Political outlook: Party members
Date of Birth: December 1986
Account: Hangzhou Marital status: unmarried Education: Undergraduate Graduate institutions: Zhejiang Institute of Finance and Economics
Graduation Time: June 2009 Specialties: Finance
Language: English (CET-4)
Computer level: skilled
Work Experience: Internship / year
Contact: 15999999999 Job intentions Work type: Full-time Nature of units: open
Expectations of the industry: the financial sector (investment, insurance, securities, banking, funds), training institutions, education, scientific research institutes
Expect jobs: Financial / economic Working Location: Hangzhou Expectations of a monthly salary: Open / Negotiable Education
Zhejiang Institute of Finance and Economics 2005.10-2009.6 Western finance economics, finance, international finance, financial markets, professional courses, etc.
I learn the correct attitude, outstanding achievements, has won a scholarship. While studying at the school served as a Minister of the Department of Planning, the squad leader, Mission branch office, etc., work earnestly, to highlight the ability to work several times as colonel, a class of outstanding student leaders, organized a "flea market", New Year party , class gatherings, such as Mission Day, the teachers and students alike. I am thinking of progress and positive, in the college to become a member of the Communist Party of China. With selfconfidence, humor, humility, enthusiasm, dedication of the personality, strong sense of teamwork and communication skills with people and organization and coordination capacity.