Your CV personal statement is a great way to give your job application extra touch and flesh.
Personal statement, also known as professional profile, personal profile, or career objective is “a short paragraph that sits just underneath your name and contact details giving prospective employers an overview of who you are and what you’re all about,” CV Library
Creating a special section for personal statement is one of the ways to get the attention of your prospective employer as to what you’ve got to offer, the value that makes you employable.
In our previous post we shared with you the latest CV format in Nigeria recommended by a group of recruiters.
In this post, let’s look at how precisely to write a personal statement.
What to include in your CV personal statement, according a career coach, Corinne Mills, include stating your professional memberships where they are relevant ( it’s one of the ways of establishing your credentials), by “stating the years experience you have in the professional area they are looking for, and by using positive adjectives like “strong, adept, skilled” among others.”
This section also known as career summary in your Curriculum Vitae enables your prospective employer to quickly spot the strategic value you are bringing which you can add to their company.
In this regard, jobs.theguardian.com top recruitment experts advise that you should make your CV “a self-marketing document aimed at persuading the recruiter to interview you.”
Take a look at samples below:
“A conscientious and professional personal assistant with ten years experience in administration, PA and secretarial roles, currently seeking a new position as an Executive PA. A highly organised and efficient individual, whose thorough and precise approach to projects has yielded excellent results. Recent achievements with my current employer include the implementation of an innovative new filing and indexing system.”
The above sample is 59 words, and recruiters say a well written statement can be between 50 and 200 words.
“As a highly-motivated and results orientated manager within the luxury hotel sector, I have a proven track record of providing exemplary levels of service to a broad range of guests, including VIPs and high-profile individuals.”
So what’s the best way to write a CV personal statement?
Number one rule is: Read and pay special attention to the job specification in order to align your skills and experience with the job, which should be clearly stated in your statement.
1.5 line spacing is recommended for your statement to be neat and enhance readability.
Don’t write an essay, be precise and concise
Rule number two is: Don’t write a 350-word essay as personal statement. Keep it short, powerful, and relevant.
From Corinne Mill’s explanation, you should keep your personal statement short and straight to the point, stating the salient areas to captivate your prospective recruiter.
The best tone: first or third person?
There may be no definite rule about using the first or third person, but it’s preferably ok to adopt the first person “because the CV is all about you and your skillset. This doesn’t mean that you have to add “I” at the beginning of each sentence, however,” Corinne Mill says.
The fact that first person is chosen doesn’t make you to keep repeating first person pronoun “I” because the reader knows that the CV is about you.
See the sample two above, it flows even without the opening the opening “I”
The reason for this is that once you begin with “I” it becomes difficult for you to drop “I”as you move forward with additional information.
Avoid using combining first and third person in your statement so as to avoid confussion and to make it flow.
An example of such combination is:
“Tade is a recent graduate from University of Ibadan with a 2:1 honours degree in media arts. I have undertaken several internships within leading organisations. Tade is now looking to secure a position in a media organisation where I can develop my current skill set.”
Break the statement into three sections
It is also advised to break the statement into three sections: 1) Who you are, 2) What you can bring to the table, 3) Your career aim
Who you are
A fresh graduate from University of Lagos, with a 2:1 honours degree in Social Media, I have undertaken several internships within leading organisations such as Afro Media and Channels Tv. These placements have enabled me to develop not only specific social media industry experience, but also a valuable and transferable skill set in this fast-paced sector.
The above opening according to specialist “allows the recruiter to quickly identify where you are coming from, that you have had industry experience (something that may be in the selection criteria) and core transferable skills.”
What you can bring to the table
During placement with Channels Tv, I worked in the online unit contributing to engaging social media contents, also managed my own research, liaised with various divisions, formulated social media reports and participated in group project meetings. Utilising excellent communication skills, I developed and maintained successful working relationships with both internal and external staff.
Your career aim
Looking to secure a position in a media industry, where I can bring immediate and strategic value and develop current skill set further.
Did you notice anything in the above statement?
There is no mismatch of first and third person. Third person was adopted without the boring repetition “I” “I”
Above all, it is advisable to read your profile out loud to ensure it reads naturally.
Corinne Mills’s Guide on Writing Professional Statement