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Should You Include a Personal Statement in Your Resume?


9/27/2011 4:56:10 PM

3 Crazy Resume Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them!) By Anish Majumdar, Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW)

Here are the pros and cons of including a Personal Statement:

1. Competitive Edge

Jumping into your work history without an introduction has been shown, time and time again, to be an ineffective approach. Starting with a succinct statement of what you’d like to get out of a position, as well as what attributes you can bring to the table, can really help you stand out from the competition.

2. Increased Reader Interest

Most hiring agents spend approximately 10-20 seconds scanning a candidate’s resume. Having to sort through multiple paragraphs and bullets in search of key skills can be a daunting task. A Personal Statement piques interest and encourages a reader to delve further into your work history.

3. Industry Expertise

Why relegate professional certifications and/or advanced training credits to the tail end of your resume? Play them up right at the start, thereby sending a clear message to potential employers.

4. Effective Targeting

Most job seekers have switched between multiple industries and worn a variety of hats throughout their careers. A focused Personal Statement can clearly communicate where you’d like to go and which particular skills you can apply.

CONS

1. Increased Clutter

An overlong and/or overwritten Personal Statement adds clutter and saps reader interest. Don’t try and cram in every possible skill you posses. Instead, focus on 3-4 in-demand ones that pop up regularly in job postings and highlight them.

CONCLUSION

Including a Personal Statement is a strong choice for job seekers spanning all major industries and levels of experience. Just keep it brief and focused on the types of positions you’re seeking.

About the Author

Anish Majumdar is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Owner at www.ResumeOrbit.com. 95% of clients report a significant increase in interviews within 30 days, and all work comes backed by a 100% Satisfaction or Money Back Guarantee (in writing).

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