How to get your CV personal statement right

Colleagues reviewing a CV

Job hunting is all about first impressions, but this doesn’t just mean being well presented at interview. It all starts with your CV and the very first thing that a Recruiter or Employer will read about you – your personal statement.

Get this right and you’ll be one step nearer to your new job, get it wrong and you might not even make it to shortlist.

What is a personal statement?

A personal statement is your opportunity to highlight your skills and achievements to a potential employer. It’s your chance to stand out from other candidates and prove how and why you are suited to the job.

You may sometimes hear the personal statement referred to by some another name, such as “Personal Profile”, “Career Objective” or “Career Goal”.

It explains where your career experience has taken you to this point and what your ambition is for your next job. The purpose is to show why you would be ideal for the job, so it is important that you tailor your personal statement to the job you are applying for. Do not use a generic personal statement for every job application.


What to include:

The key here is to be brief, between 100 and 200 words maximum, use your cover letter and employment history to elaborate on your achievements.

  • Keep your focus on the important components
  • Who are you?
  • What can you bring to the role?
  • What is your career goal?
  • Quantify your achievements, this adds value and enhances your credibility
  • Avoid clichés like ‘great communicator’ and ‘a team player’, these are unquantifiable statements and unoriginal
  • Take your lead from the job description, pinpoint the skills and attributes that an employer is looking for and tailor your skills to prove why you would be perfect for the role

Once you’ve drafted your statement, as with the rest of your CV, make sure it reads well and that there are no spelling or grammatical mistakes.

For more helpful information and examples, see these guides:

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