Most CVs nowadays have a personal statement at the top, just under the candidate’s contact info. It might be called something else (profile for example). The statement is typically three or four lines long and tells the recruiter why the candidate should be considered for the position. If used properly, it can be a very powerful way to boost your interview chances.
To make your personal statement work for you, you’ve got to summarise in a few lines how you meet the job specification. The easiest way to demonstrate this is with an example.
In the above job advert, the employer is looking for a 1st or upper 2nd class (2.1) degree in mechanical engineering, or a related discipline. So you might write in your personal statement:
“I have a degree with upper second class honours (2.1) in mechanical engineering.”
The employer has also requested a range of skills and experience. You should address as many as possible of these in your statement. Your finished statement might say something like:
“I am a mechanical engineer with an upper second class honours (2.1) in mechanical engineering and 14 years of experience working with digital printing machinery. As a senior engineer I train and supervise a team of 8 including 3 juniors, managing our projects and setting technical direction with deadlines in order to secure overall team deadlines. Through comprehensive knowledge and strong communication skills, I have successfully lead this team for the past 5 years, meeting all targets and deadlines and exceeding customers’ expectations.”
Personal statements for jobs vs personal statements for university
We often see confusion amongst candidates about the meaning of ‘personal statement’. As a result, they will write a lengthy and very personal statement detailing why they are passionate about the industry and their role. Unfortunately this type of statement is used for applying to college or university to study on a course! To be clear about the differences, take a look at the examples on https://www.personal-statement-examples.com/ – the huge majority of these are academic statements (sometimes called application essays) and they serve a very different purpose.
Your job personal statement should simply tell the employer who you are, how you fit their job advert, and (optionally) what you’re looking for. The latter is very useful if you’re currently working part time for example and you want to make it clear you are looking for a full time role (or vice versa).
Jobs.ac.uk has some further great advice on writing personal statements for jobs. Birmingham University also has a nice PDF download you can grab which has some techniques you can use if you get stuck.