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#1 » by All Besties (m) (β337) » January 8th, 2011, 7:16 am [✓Bestie]

How To Make A Powerful Personal & Career Statement

Every CV must start with a personal statement. This short paragraph is your opportunity catch the attention of a prospective recruiter, and to convince a recruiter that the rest of the page is worth reading. It should consist of just about 50 very hard-working words that will sell, at a glance, you and your skill set to a time-pressed recruiter.
Here's one crucial piece of advice to get the pitch right: do away with meaningless, clichéd statements. Everybody on the planet claims to have excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a team.
Don't be tempted to list out your virtues, from timekeeping to organisational expertise! Consider this:

Personal Statement: "I am a committed and hard working individual who enjoys a challenge. In addition to strong communication skills, I am able to work effectively in a team. I can also demonstrate advanced problem-solving skills and thrive under pressure. My drive and ambition ensure I am a valuable addition to any company." (Not advisable)

Out of the 200 or so CVs stacked up on the desk, what evidence is there this particular candidate is worth investigating further? Remember, no recruiter is going to take your word for it. If the above skill set is genuine it will have been formed off the back of real experience, and that's the part employers want to know about. Try this:

"An ambitious and hard working individual, my significant tenures at highly respected companies are testament to my commitment and ability. I handle multiple tasks on a daily basis competently, working well under the pressure. Frequent acknowledgment of my contribution from senior management illustrates still further my potential value to your company."

Not only is this candidate ambitious and hardworking, he has worked at some impressive companies for a good amount of time, proving his worth and dedication to both work and employer. If senior management has taken notice, this individual must be a high achiever who can juggle multiple projects under stressful conditions. It's a convincing pitch. The candidate has got around the clichés by linking them to tangible evidence and, in doing so, has got 50 compelling words to make his story worth reading. He has also stuck to the following best practice:

Never start every sentence with 'I'. This is admittedly difficult when you're writing a paragraph all about yourself, but think carefully about how you might restructure your sentences to avoid it.
Address your Reader. Whether it's "your company" or the company name, address the employer directly. Your words will instantly become more personal and relevant.
Don't think it, know it. Don't water down your words by stating you think you're a good candidate – tell them you know you are.
Edit Again and Again. Force yourself to cut out as many unnecessary words as possible; the finished statement will have a far greater impact.

Follow this advice and you'll have a concise and powerful paragraph to make your CV impossible to ignore. :clap:

Now,what is/are the difference(s) between a Personal Mission Statement and a Career Statement?

Your personal mission statement declares how you perceive life and your role in it, while your career statement helps you to identify what your role in the career field will be. The career statement should be focused on your main goal and the employer who you plan to work for if you use it as part of the objectives section.

For job seekers, please never stick to a rigid career statement while applying to different companies. Like your CV or Resume, your statement must be adapted to the company you are applying to. Courtesy of bestnaija Forum.

Consider the following examples as guides as you fight harder in your career to get a job, or to get a better job.

Career Statement Examples


Example 1

My career mission is to develop into an outstanding person in my work and to contribute to the understanding of left-handedness in education.

Example 2

My career mission is to become the first women CEO of Software Engineering Inc. and to build a network of companies related to this field, which will contribute to the development and wide spread usage of the company's software packages.

Example 3

My career mission is to develop a product that will revolutionize the way that windscreens are repaired.


From the above, you can decipher how each statement is adapted to specific company/industry/sector. You can do it too.
Here is wishing you the very best in your career endeavors.

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#2 » by frankaddey (β137) » January 8th, 2011, 4:42 pm

9c one agent,it seems your talking to me lol

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#3 » by Jegz (m) (β2022) » July 13th, 2011, 8:13 am

Unfortunately, many people still dont know the importance of the career/personal statement. It can make or mar your every little chance of being chosen. :mrgreen:
About me: An energetic young man whose shy demeanor conceals a steel-trap mind of tremendous intellectual capacity and force.

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#4 » by hot (β141) » August 2nd, 2011, 4:50 am

I like this... Am beginning to like this

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