Highlight Your Passions
Express your qualifications, goals, strengths, and experiences confidently.
A personal statement, or statement of purpose, often takes the place of a cover letter. While a personal statement can include why an organization should hire you, it focuses more on highlighting who you are, why you are passionate about a specific field, and what you hope to gain from the experience.
Personal Statement Structure
Address the guiding question with anecdotes of your past experiences.
- Emphasize your strengths and field-related passions.
- Articulate the skills, experience, and personal qualities you will bring to the position or program.
- Demonstrate how the position or program connects to your long-term goals.
- Indicate why you are drawn to the organization and/or type of work.
All Show, No Tell
Draw from specific examples of your experiences. Use clear, direct language.
- Include detailed anecdotes and examples of experiences you discuss in your statement.
- Ground your claims in experiences that demonstrate those qualities of yourself.
- At the same time, strike the right tone: be confident, but not boastful. Avoid exaggerations and clichés.
- Your personal statement should be more personable than a cover letter, but still professional.
- Additionally, it should tell the reader something about you that isn’t necessarily obvious from your resume.