Struggling to write a personal statement - or should you really be writing a career objective? And what on earth is the difference anyway? Read on....
Personal statements may be requested by organisations as part of the application process which is the case for Internz profiles.
On the other hand, a career objective is useful to include on a CV if a personal statement is not required, and it can be an extremely useful addition to your CV if written well.
Here is what each is designed to do.
A personal statement for an internship application should be a few sentences that highlight your unique fit to the subject area or area of work you are interested in.
A personal statement for a job application should be a few sentences that highlight your unique fit to the role you are applying for.
Whether aimed at an area of work or a role, it must be personal, it must talk about you, it must not just be copied from another.
A personal statement is a short introduction of yourself. It highlights your current employment situation, your personality, your skills, your career aspirations and the point of difference you can offer the organisation in that role.
Organisations may stipulate a length, but if not, it is best to keep it to approximately four to six lines – one or two paragraphs maximum.
It should focus on your skills and achievements – the ones that are relevant to the job. The idea is to make the employer feel you’d be a good fit for the role and want to find out more. It is NOT a career objective.
The health and education sectors will most commonly ask for a personal statement rather than a career objective.
“I’m Fatima, a third year aspiring designer and entrepreneurial student. Throughout my degree I have worked on a diverse range of projects that have immersed me in the creation of digital experiences and content for potential businesses, customers, and organisations. I am driven by collaboration, innovation and a thirst to explore creative ideas. With a human centric design background and a love for stories, I want to use my communication design skill set to help contribute to digital and physical experiences that transform brands, engage customers, build relationships and grows businesses.”
A career objective is short and simple – think stripped back! It sits on the first page of your CV, after your contact details. It states the type of job you’re interested in and explains why you are interested. This is where you show your motivation for applying in a way that highlights your strengths. (And that isn't by saying you're wanting an amazing job in a great company!)
A career objective is more commonly used on a CV than a personal statement unless the application specifically requests a personal statement or you are applying for a role in the Health or Education sector.
“To gain a graduate position working in a branding team for [ name of organisation], where I can utilise my communication design and social media skills and experience to further improve brand awareness and engagement.”
For more help or information on how to write CVs, cover letters etc please sign up for an Employability and Careers workshop through CareerHub.
Written by Angela McCarthy, AUT Employability and Careers writer