Most of our vacancies will ask you to apply by submitting a CV and a personal statement. The difference between the two is that your CV acts an overview of your work and education history, and the personal statement allows you to directly link previous experience to the role you're applying for. If you'd like some help with your personal statement, please read the tips below.
Being clear about the role
Before you begin writing your personal statement, we recommend you read both the job profile and the person specification attached to the vacancy. Together they outline what your duties and responsibilities will be, and highlight key aspects of the role. You can use these as points to expand on within your personal statement.
By providing and referencing relevant examples in your statement, you will be matching your experience and capabilities against the person specification and job profile. This makes it clearer for the manager during the screening process and also shows you understand 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 interests 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, as long as the information is relevant and structured well. Be sure you don't copy anything too generic as it may not be relevant to the role or your experience.