So at the moment I’m coming to the end of my Masters and am currently looking for jobs again! This is very time consuming and does involve a lot of rejection before hopefully finding the job that’s right for me.
I know looking for jobs is part of a process that everyone has to go through at different points in their life and I thought I would share with you a few tips I have picked up along the way that might help anyone in the same position.
- Read the job description and personal specification
Yes probably this seems really obvious but I am guilty of looking at jobs and thinking yes this jobs sounds amazing, not actually reading what is required for the job. I normally print off the job description and personal specification and then highlight the sections that I need to be focusing on in the personal statement.
2. Use headers to organise your personal statement
When writing your personal statement use the headers from the job description/personal specification as your paragraph headers. This way the person reading knows you have read the job advert and have spent time to apply to the job, not just sent a generic cover letter. Also it’s a great way to organise the document.
3. Tick off the requirements as you go along
Each time you write a few lines about how you meet the requirement in the personal specification for the job, tick it off on the already printed off copy you have next to you. This way you know you have met all the requirements.
4. Give yourself time!
Take time to write your personal statement to go with your job. If this is the first job you have applied for or the first job of it’s kind, you will be expecting a good few hours/maybe a whole day to write a good personal statement. Don’t rush it!
5. Read it! Read it! Read it!
If you really want the job, get someone else to read it! Even if they don’t know what the personal statement for, another set of eyes may be able to pick up on errors you have missed.
And remember, a personal statement is supposed to reflect you so don’t copy someone else’s from the internet! When you turn up for your interview, it will be quite a shock!
Love Katie xx