Prospective employers will have no idea who you are, your personality, how good you are at your job or your proudest achievements. This is your opportunity to tell them. Most of your CV should be written in a factual professional format but this is your chance to give a bit of yourself away.
I would recommend including some of the following:
- A brief summary of your career including why you made choices you did
- Your career goals
- Your proudest achievements
- Your proudest personal attributes and strengths
- Any unique points about you that may not be obvious
- Your coding personality
This statement does not have to include all of the above information but should be able to give the employer an idea who you are and why you would be an asset to a company that you joined.
When writing a personal statement try to think about what separates you from other people you know in a similar position. You should write with confidence but not arrogance, sell yourself but don’t boast about yourself.
Try to make this one paragraph. It is a brief summary rather than a complete description. The best Salesmen, when making presentations do not list EVERY SINGLE selling point of their product or service. They are selective and only offer relevant information. In other words, don’t feel that you have to list every single attribute that you have, just select the most relevant ones to the employer.
Avoid fluff. Do not use phrases like “I’m a creative problem solver” or “I am a team player” instead Tell the prospective employer your story – why do you like coding, when did you get into it and why. It gives a bit of you away.
A good starting point is: “I first started working with software…”
Barry Cranford is the Managing Director of RecWorks Ltd. An IT recruitment consultancy aimed at spotting and developing technical talent with a focus in Java and Graduate developers.