Your personal statementWith a strong elevator pitch, you sell yourself in a powerful way
Your personal statement
Your personal statement is the perfect opportunity to show why you have chosen this particular job and why you think you will fit in.
A strong elevator pitch can be divided into three parts:
- skills and achievements
2. Skills and achievements
Next, you must outline your key skills and evidence your key achievements which set you apart from the competition. It is important that you keep this section of the elevator pitch relevant by identifying the desired skills and attributes outlined in the job description, and by ensuring that the skills highlighted in your personal statement mirror them.
3. Explain your ambitions
Finish your personal statement by outlining what you are looking to achieve next in your career, and make sure this links to the role in question. The hiring manager needs to know that your ambitions are relevant to the opportunity and that you would, therefore, be driven and likely to succeed.
Extra tips for your elevator pitch
Use relevant action verbs
The simple trick of including the below doing-words will help bring your achievements to life on your personal statement:
Efficiency use: enhanced, advanced, capitalised, maximised, leveraged, improved
Leadership skills use: headed, coordinated, executed, managed, operated, organised, lead
Improvements made use: refined, remodelled, strengthened, upgraded, transformed
Management skills use: guided, fostered, motivated, recruited, enabled, united
Bottom line contributions use: reduced, decreased, consolidated, saved, yielded, increased
Overall achievements use: awarded, exceeded, outperformed, surpassed, earned, granted
Be consistent with your narrative
Keep your personal statement to 150-200 words
Do not underestimate the power of a personal statement, take this opportunity to sell yourself as a potential candidate. Grab the recruiter's attention from the start and increase your chances of getting a job interview.