Applying for college courses can be a challenging experience for first time students – especially when mastering that personal statement part of the application.
After making the transition from campus to career, the skills, tips and tricks learned during those days (or even weeks) spent painstakingly crafting the perfect personal statement for your college application don’t have to be wasted. Instead you can put these lessons to use when applying for your first job.
We have devised the 5 essential dos and don’ts of personal statements and demonstrated how these will come in handy when tackling your first job application…
Don’t Fill Your Application with Clichés
Just like the Administration Office at your college that reviewed your admissions packet, your potential employer is likely to loathe clichés. And unfortunately these are very common across job and university applications. Remember tutors and employers have heard it all before and have grown bored of phrases like “I’m an excellent listener, “I am an enthusiastic individual” and “I have the passion and drive…”
Instead of making these sweeping gestures, use your experience to demonstrate the qualities that make you a success. In some detail, discuss circumstances where you have gone the extra mile to prove your communication and listening skills are second to none or talk about an instance that shows real passion for the industry you wish to progress in. Give specific examples, and quantify.
Do Boast about Your Skills
Showing a certain level of confidence in your skills, qualities and experience within your career or education is highly recommended, especially when it comes to getting your foot in the door when submitting your cover letter and resume. It’s competitive out there and employers want to recruit a skilled and confident candidate they can rely on.
Many personal statement examples show students doing all they can to stand out and showcase what makes them better than the next student. Your job application should be no different.
While it’s important to show your skills, telling lies or making wild claims about your experience or qualifications is a step too far that tends to get candidates dismissed. Be trustworthy in person and on paper by giving real facts and figures behind your application. Remember: employers can and will verify your claims.
Do Use Your Personal Experiences
It’s not just examples of your professional experience that make an application stand out – how you’ve been challenged in your personal life can provide the perfect anecdote for an application and show the real you. However, make sure you don’t use this rule to share your life story or place a bid for sympathy.
Instead use your personal experience to demonstrate how it has influenced your professional progression or simply made you a stronger person.
Don’t Be Afraid to Be the Individual You Are
Whether you’re crafting the perfect personal statement or cover letter, the aim of both of these documents is to sell you! The first step to selling yourself is to be true to your personality, for example, don’t use pretentious language if it isn’t you; or if you’re known for your humor show it in your application. Putting your personality on paper as well as your personal and professional experiences is the key to success when filling out an application for your dream job.
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About the author: Brittany Thorley is from the Personal Statement Service, this UK-based service provides professional assistance to students with personal statement writing advice and personal statement examples.