Personal statement for universities and jobs
Yes, we know that writing a personal statement could be a difficult & confusing job. It sounds way overwhelming but trust me, it isn’t. If you follow carefully the steps in the blog, it would be a piece of cake. So here we go.
The reason that personal statement sounds difficult is that you have a blank page in front of you and you have to prove in that letter, that you are the most suitable person for the job or the seat or for the admission of your desired university.
Some people find it difficult because when they try to write it but they are unable to put their thoughts into words.
So after wasting so much time in thinking & finishing a red bull they finally come up with some following basic punch lines, which they think will help them in selection.
“I am the most suitable person for this job” OR
“I am interested in this firm and thought that it would be fun” OR
“I want to get admission because this is the rightful place for me & it will really polish my craft”.
But in fact the main reason to write this letter is they want to brighten their future and don’t want a miserable life. But it is difficult to put proper words in that letter.
But in this lesson I will guide you in such a way that you can write an impressive personal statement that will help you get your desired job or will get you in the university you want to go.
Guide for writing a personal statement
There are some steps that we use to write our personal statements.
- FOCUS ON YOUR FORMAT
- THE STRUCTURE OF YOUR LETTER
- HOW TO WRITE YOUR STATEMENT LETTER
- REASON TO GET IN
- WHY YOU ARE PERFECT CANDIDATE?
- AVOID IRRELEVENT THINGS
Always do your homework before you apply or write for anything. The first thing you do before writing a personal letter is to do some research. Research is the key. Your job is to get all the information about the university or about job description. let them know that you are interested & you did your research. Because you can’t get too obvious like, “this university/firm is the best in town so I thought that would be great to get in this university/firm”. Get information about the selection team and use that information in your favor in such a way that it would show how interested you are in their firm or how serious you are to get admission in this university. So research is extremely useful in writing your personal statement.
FOCUS ON YOUR FORMAT
You have to be careful about your format because it matters while writing a personal statement. The personal statement letter is a one page letter so don’t overdo it and overlong it. It should not exceed one page according to the requirement of universities/firms and other information about the font is also prescribe in it like, for writing style you can use Times new roman or aerial and the size of font should not be too small neither too big, it should be readable.
Examples of statement letters:
FOCUS ON THE STRUCTURE OF YOUR LETTER
There is a proper structure of writing a statement letter. The steps are further described below but let’s have a look at the proper structure of the statement letter.
The structure of the statement letter is divided into some steps. We’ll discuss these steps in detail one by one in our writing process.
HOW TO WRITE YOUR STATEMENT LETTER
It’s the first portion of the letter, In this section you have to write your personal information like your full name, contact no, you can write your firm’s/university’s name, its location and also the date of the submission. After these information you have to start your letter in a respectful way like address the name of head with Sir/Madame. The head section ends with this.
After head section, let’s move to intro section. Your introduction have to be very impressive that the reader will remember you through your statement letter. In this section most of the candidates try to describe their personal history that is unnecessary and totally irrelevant. You have to write about your achievements and motivations according to job description or you can write about your discoveries if you are applying for a university. You have to write about mains things like what you learn during that specific mentioned period which totally resonate with the vacancy.
This is the main section of a statement letter. In this section you have to explain about
How experienced you are?
How skillful you are?
How knowledgeable you are?
You have to also define that why you are suitable for their firm/university and
Why they should choose you and give you admission/job you desire. You also have to explain that why are you applying in this firm/university.
In this section you have to write about your aims and the goals that you achieved. Don’t forget to explain them about your research work and your experience.
This is the section of regards and best wishes. You can add some ending statements with some promises like you’ll work hard and become successful in your future. You can write your contact information at this section so they can contact you.
The main steps are discussed above, however I am also sharing my “Personal statement” to give you the answers of your questions. Like “What the employers or universities want to know?” OR How can they be the perfect candidate and what other information they should give? Find the letter below, but before going there don’t forget to read the mistakes people always make while writing personal statement & how they should avoid it.
REASON TO GET IN
You need to show them how enthusiastic you are about this job or in the university subject. Tell them about your plans that how you plan to develop yourself by this opportunity and also tell them how much you want this job or how eager you are to get in this university.
WHY YOU ARE PERFECT CANDIDATE?
If you just write that you are the perfect candidate and don’t give them the reason behind it then you are not writing your statement properly. You have to explain them why you are perfect candidate and you can show them by getting in their merit list. This will show them how skilled and suitable you are for this position/admission. You will sound much more convincing if you do your homework, don’t forget to do your research.
By writing about your interests in other extracurricular activities also show them what type of person you are. Your interests can be according to the job description or according to the university subjects that you are applying but it can be different like online activities, sports, researches or just reading books. You can tell them about your skills according to your interest.
AVOID IRRELEVANT THINGS
You should avoid irrelevant things like your personal history. You also need to avoid telling them how impressive you are. These things can only be judged by your achievements and experience so you have to discuss those. You should have also avoided telling them your life stories that are not relevant to the job/admission.