Who am I?
So you want to start getting your life back on track or take a new direction? The first thing before you start a CV is to build a personal statement or profile.
What is a personal profile or statement ?
A personal statement is generally the first thing included on your CV and is a brief personal summary given to prospective employers or person to help you stand out from the competition.
A personal statement can be used in various settings including applying for college or training courses and volunteer work.
Why do I need a personal statement?
Your personal statement is your chance to sell yourself to the employer or person and can help you put across the specific skills that make you perfect for the position.
Quite simply, it is one of the most important parts of your CV and a well written personal statement can mean the difference between standing out from the crowd and your application being rejected. It is the first thing someone will read and can give that WOW Factor. The part that makes someone want to meet you.
Successful personal statements often consciously try and answer the following questions: who you are, what you can offer and what you’re aiming for in your career.
What should I include?
When starting your personal statement try bullet-point answers to help make sure you’ve ticked all the boxes. If you’re struggling for inspiration use your ideal job description to help you identify the specific skills that an employer is looking for.
A personal statement for someone returning to work should be sharp and concentrate on the skills you have or what you can bring to that potential employer or person and what makes you different.
For example, “I am an outgoing, dynamic and highly organised person who has the ability to adapt to any given situation.”
Or “After a career break this highly motivated individual is looking for a new challenge. With excellent communication and organisational skills this dynamic person has the ability to work alone, achieve results and can adapt to teamwork with great ease.”
You may use a personal profile or statement, outside a CV, if you feel that you want to focus on yourself and what you can bring. Rather than use or build a CV, develop a detailed personal statement. This gives you a chance to not only sell yourself but list skills, ideas and background in a statement format rather than a CV.
Next month we will be looking at building your CV but give your personal profile a go. It’s a great start to the stepping stone of getting your career and life back on track.