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Personal statement guidance

The majority of our vacancies will ask you to apply by submitting your CV and personal statement. The difference between the two is that your CV acts an overview of your work/education history whereas the personal statement allows you to directly link your experience to the role you're applying for. If you're looking for some assistance then please read the tips below.

What does the role require of you?

Before you begin writing your personal statement, we recommend you read both the job description and the person specification attached. This outlines the duties and responsibilities required to successfully do the role and highlights the key aspects of the job. You can then use these as points to expand on within your personal statement.

Using examples

By providing and referencing relevant examples in your statement, you can demonstrate your experience and capabilities against the person specification and job profile. This makes it clearer for the manager during the shortlisting process and also shows you are aware of what the role entails.

Structuring your statement

Think about the structure of your personal statement. Life experience counts as well as your employment history. You can include community and voluntary work, leisure interest and your home life to provide examples of transferable skills.

Accuracy is key

It's really important that you spend time on your personal statement by double checking what you have written, spell-checking and ensuring your grammar is accurate. You want your statement to show you in your best light and wouldn't want mistakes to take away from your experience.

How long should it be?

This really depends on your experience and your personal circumstances. The maximum we recommend is 2000 words to ensure it is as clear as possible.

Copying and pasting

Many candidates copy and paste information from their cover letters. This is absolutely fine to do as long as the information is relevant and structured well. Ensure you don't copy anything too generic as it may not be relevant to the role or your experience.