Does my CV personal statement sound ok?

Thursday, February 12th, 2009 - CV Personal Statement, CV Writing, how to make a cv, How to Write a CV, Personal Statement, tutorial


CV Personal Statement

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Rebecca asks: I am updating my cv and wrote this to get started with. I am not sure weather it sounds to clinical and not unique enough! also does any one know if the personal statement should come at the start or end of the cv?

“An employer would find me reliable and responsible as well as being extremely flexible and co-operative. I am eager and willing to expand my skills and try out new challenges that may come my way. I am a bubbly and bright person who works well in a team and solely. I also believe I have enough experience and life skills to excel at any challenge thrown my way”

In answer:

It is interesting, expressive and energetic – but it doesn’t say much to get an employer to pick up the phone and call you.

Why? Because there is no evidence to back up the claims. For instance, what makes you and where is the evidence for:

  • reliable
  • responsible
  • extremely flexible and co-operative – makes it sound like a sexual offer!
  • eager and willing to expand my skills and try out new challenges that may come my way – in what way, in what markets? Do these align with the employers requirements?
  • I am a bubbly and bright person – honestly, every applicant would claim this. It doesn’t make you stand out from the crowd
  • who works well in a team and solely – so you can work in all circumstances. In which do you prefer?
  • I also believe I have enough experience and life skills to excel at any challenge thrown my way – OK, we have a need for a new heart surgeon!

CV Personal Statement examples

Personal statements appear one the first page of a CV, and this one is nice but lacking traction. A good structure for a personal profile/career objective is to use a three part form with evidence of the enclosed claims:

  • I am (sector)/am educated (level)
  • I currently do and achieve
  • I see my career going in this direction

The first two parts are based on facts drawn from function; you should then align your second part and wholly the third part on the job you are applying for.

Have a read of our article on How to write a Personal Statement which is part of our series on How To Write A CV.

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