How to write a personal statement for a job application form

Written by jennifer brister
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How to write a personal statement for a job application form
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A personal statement should introduce you to your perspective employer and provide information about your personality and goals. Personal statements should reflect on the applicant positively while making him stand out.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Write about what makes you unique. Contemplate what is special about you, and use the personal statement to assess your life and describe why you are passionate about your career.

  2. 2

    Grab the employer's attention with an intriguing opening paragraph. Lead with the most interesting facts about yourself to hold the interviewer's interest.

  3. 3

    Don't forget about your accomplishments. You may be tempted to craft a beautiful piece of prose. But no matter how lovely it is, if you don't write about why you are the best person for the job, you will not get an interview. Outline personal accomplishments that are related to the job. This part of the statement should have a professional tone.

  4. 4

    Conclude your personal statement with a meaningful personal observation. Explain why your career is meaningful to you and give the employer something to remember.

Tips and warnings

  • Have at least two people proofread your personal statement before you use it. It should be checked for structural elements, grammar and spelling.

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