“Steph is an extremely driven, talented and versatile professional footballer, who has successfully honed her leadership skills on and off the pitch.” Now, go on to provide evidence of your skills through specific results or accolades.
This list of career highlights will have the most impact if they are related to the key requirements of the vacancy and backed up by fact.
As you can see from the below example, Steph gets straight to these facts in her introduction, while at the same time, avoiding clichés and vague information.
This makes for a clear and strong opening statement: “Steph Houghton is the Captain of both Manchester City Women’s team and the Women’s National Team.
It is the first thing a hiring manager will read on your CV, and will, therefore, have a huge bearing on whether they choose to read on and ultimately invite you for an interview.
Most job seekers are well aware of the power of a strong personal statement, and as such, many get writer’s block.
To the candidate, this may seem fair enough: they want to try out different things to make up their mind about a career.
But to us, this suggests that the candidate hasn’t done enough research (otherwise they’d at least suspect that working as an editor is just that little bit different from working in PR or marketing) and that they don’t really want an internship in editorial: they’d be equally happy in our marketing department.
To do this, you need to steer clear of anything like: ‘I want to take on new challenges and progress in my chosen career.’ Instead, consider the specifics of the career sector.
For example, if a civil engineer was very clear that they wanted to work in the water sector at a consultancy, an example of a good opening sentence would be: ‘A civil engineering graduate with experience of working for a contractor and a consultancy seeks a graduate role with a consultancy in its water division.’ This career goal is very specific and clearly articulated – and by highlighting that they’ve done work experience with both types of construction organisation, they are telling recruiters that they’ve made a considered career choice.