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How to write a good personal statement for a job

Updated April 17, 2017

A personal statement is a document an employer uses to decide if an applicant meets the requirements for a job. While writing a personal statement can be stressful, it's your chance to showcase your talents and skills. A personal statement that's honest, direct and personable can persuade a potential employer to offer you an interview.

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  1. Gather the relevant information. You'll need a list of your previous employers and a concise description of the jobs you've held. Your personal statement should clearly list your strengths and abilities at those jobs (Reference 1). Having this information on hand will save you frustration and time later.

  2. Write a draft. Keep it between 250 and 500 words. Type the draft on a computer so that you can print and proofread it later. Begin your personal statement with an anecdote or brief retelling of a significant moment that relates to the position you're applying for. Transition from the introduction to a summary of your professional experiences, detailing your job duties and the skills you bring to the job. Mention the company and position you're applying for. Keep the tone serious but positive. Conclude by bringing together your earlier statements and your passion and interest for the position.

  3. Proofread for grammar, spelling and concise expression. Don't rely only on your computer's spellchecker. Proofread the statement yourself. If you're unsure of your proofreading, have someone else proof it. Be sure to give accurate and pertinent information that focuses on the position and how your experiences make you the best candidate for the job. Read your personal statement aloud to get a feel for its flow and tone. Set the statement aside for a few days and then come back to it, reading it as if you were the hiring manager considering interviewing the person who wrote it.

  4. Write the final version of your statement. Be sure you're specific about your job duties and performance and that you've accurately represented yourself as an employee. Type the statement on a computer and print it on clean, crisp paper once you have a final version.

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Things You'll Need

  • computer
  • printer
  • paper

About the Author

Ashley 'Ash' Brooks is a writer living in the Midwest. She has worked in the writing industry for over five years as a writer, editor and teacher. Brooks enjoys writing about animals (preferably cats), mental health, spirituality and computers. She has been published on Brooks has a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing and a Master' of Arts in composition and rhetoric,

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