How to Write a CV Personal Statement

How to Write a CV Personal Statement

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What is a Personal Statement?

A personal statement is a few brief and direct sentences at the top of your CV. The personal statement is also referred to as a career summary or personal mission statement. This is used to grab the attention of the recruiter or hiring manager and summarizes essential experiences or training that you can bring to this position.

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Why do I Need a Personal Statement?

A recruiter or hiring manager is tasked with sorting through an enormous amount of resumes every single day. A personal statement is a way to separate yourself from the other applicants. This statement summarizes your experience and highlights your unique talents. The CV personal statement is meant to demonstrate why you are the 

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Why do I Need a Personal Statement?

perfect fit for the job. Even med students need a medical school personal statement, as it is what differentiates them from all the other students applying. Plus, it allows them to share their personal stories and objectives.

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Where do I Start?

Always begin by reading the job description carefully and thoroughly. Your personal statement should be tailored to each job description, so it explicitly states the value you’ll bring to the position you are applying. A generic personal statement cannot do that. Once you have a solid handle on the job description, you can begin 

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writing. It’s important to keep your personal statement brief, about 50-200 words will do. Don’t forget that you have your whole cover letter to show some personality and include engaging content. The personal statement should be a quick summary that highlights why you are the best person for the job. You’ll need to decide whether you are 

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writing your personal statement in first- or third-person. This should follow how you've written the rest of your CV. For example, if you've already written, “I grew and developed a team of 50 salespeople,” in your CV then you will want to keep your personal statement in first-person to match the prevailing style. No matter what you choose, make sure that you 

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keep it consistent throughout. Do not switch between first- and third-person as that will get confusing to the hiring manager. Writing a personal statement for your CV in first-person does not mean you need to start every sentence with “I.” There are ways to craft your personal statement to sound snappy, concise and personal, and 

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here are a few examples to help inspire your personal statement.

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