- It is essential to tailor your statement to the position and employer. It really does not give a good impression if your application for the post of Director of Oxford HR is headed “Sales Director – Alpha Sales.”
- Keep it succinct (no more than 2 sides of A4) and compelling.
- Strongly convey why you are interested in the role and how your skills and experience make you suitable for this position.
- Do not repeat verbatim what is included in your CV.
- Always provide demonstrable evidence to back up any statements or facts. “At Oxford HR, I was responsible for ensuring that invoices were issued and paid on time.”
- Check spelling and grammar – a statement showcases your writing ability.
- Follow business letter protocol e.g Dear Sir… Yours faithfully or Dear Name…Yours sincerely.
Remember, a statement is there to attract and maintain the interest of the employer, and demonstrate how your experience, skills, etc, make you suitable for this specific job.
- Poor spelling and grammar.
- Failure to mention the organisation and role you are applying for.
- Failure to provide evidence of competencies.
- Repetition of the CV.
- Introduction: State what post you are applying for and where you saw it advertised.
- First paragraph: Highlight why you are interested in the post and the organisation.
- Second paragraph: Relate your skills to the competencies required in the job.
- Third paragraph: Positive close and goodbye.
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