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Personal statement examples

By Michael Cheary

Not sure if you’re going in the right direction with your personal statement? Here are some personal statement examples to inspire you:

A personal statement is a great way to bullet point your achievements and help sell yourself to the hiring manager. If you choose not to have one you may just be missing a golden opportunity to make an impression when it really counts.

Reading up on how to write a personal statement and looking over some personal statement dos and don’ts is a great way to start, but seeing real-life examples of personal statements can help keep you on the right track.

Not sure if you’re going in the right direction with yours? Here are some personal statement examples to inspire you:

 

School leaver personal statement example

All personal statements should be tailored to the role in question, so use the job description to help write the rest. Why do you want to work in this industry? What skills make you applicable? And where do you want to go in your career? Answer these questions, and you’re off to a good start.

And, rather than focussing on achievements gained through employment history, put the emphasis on your studies and the skills you gained through education.

 

Example:

A highly motivated and hardworking individual, who has recently completed their A-Levels, achieving excellent grades in both Maths and Science. Seeking an apprenticeship in the engineering industry to build upon a keen scientific interest and start a career as a maintenance engineer. Eventual career goal is to become a fully-qualified and experienced maintenance or electrical engineer, with the longer-term aspiration of moving into project management. 

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Graduate personal statement example

Similar to a school leaver statement, but with the extra attention paid to your higher education.

Once again, try and explain why you’re applying and where you’d like to go in your career, as well as the specific skills or knowledge you can offer.

And remember: a personal statement written for a CV differs greatly from one written for a university application. If you haven’t written one before, you should start by reading our tips on how to write a personal statement.

 

Example:

A recent business economics graduate with a 2:1 honours degree from the University of X, looking to secure a Graduate Commercial Analyst position to use and further develop my analytical skills and knowledge in a practical and fast-paced environment. My career goal is to assume a role which allows me to take responsibility for the analysis and interpretation of commercial data for a well-respected and market-leading leading company.

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Unemployed/redundancy personal statement example

Dealing with redundancy is never easy, but when dealt with in the right way, it needn’t be a hindrance when making applications.

Put the main focus on your employment history, and provide further information in your cover letter. Remember, your personal statement is intended to sell yourself. So emphasise your positives rather than apologising for a negative.

 

Example:

Driven Retail Manager with over ten years’ experience in the fashion industry. Proven track record of success, including managing the top performing store in the region, and having the lowest staff turnover rate of all UK outlets. Currently out of work due to company closure, looking for the right opportunity to bring my expertise to a well-established fashion brand in an upper management position.

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Career break personal statement example

There are many and varied reasons to take a career break, such as parental leave, plans to travel or long-term illness etc. Once again, leave any extra explanation for your cover letter and focus your personal statement on your career before your time off, and any skills learned during your time off which may be applicable to the role. 

 

Example:

A highly motivated and experienced PA, currently looking to resume my professional career after dedicating the last five years to raising a family. Excellent admin skills, thorough knowledge of all Microsoft Office programs, as well as proficiency in minute-taking and extensive experience liaising with clients. After volunteering for one day a week with a local charity to refresh my skills, now fully committed to continuing my career on a full-time basis.

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Career change personal statement example

If you’re completely changing industry, think about which skills will be transferable and applicable to the sector you’re moving into. Once again, any numbers you can give to demonstrate your success could be crucial, even if you’re moving into an area where your expertise may seem slightly different.

 

Example:

As an experienced sales manager, my tenacious and proactive approach resulted in numerous important contract wins. My excellent networking skills have provided my team with vital client leads, and my ability to develop client relationships has resulted in an 18% increase in business renewals for my current organisation. After eight years in sales, currently seeking a new challenge which will utilise my meticulous attention to detail, and friendly, professional manner.

 

Final thoughts

If you’re still not sure of what to write, don’t panic. Crafting a winning personal statement will take time, but if you read all the available advice, not to mention tailor it correctly to the role in question, it will be time well spent in the long run.

 

Here are our tips on how to write a personal statement »

Personal statement dos and don’ts »

 

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