Timeout. We want you to take ten seconds right now to think of someone you really, truly respect, admire, or appreciate.
(Take your time. We’ll wait right here.)
More often than not, whoever that person is, he or she most likely has confidence that you really, truly respect, admire, or appreciate. That confidence could be personal or professional. He or she might be confident about their job, their role, their skills, their experience, their relationships, themselves. (It can mean a lot of things.)
In this context, we’re talking about the confidence that comes from knowing who you are, what your strengths are, what your value, and how that value brings impact.
So, how do we get to that level of confidence?
We think writing a personal statement is the ultimate boost of confidence.
Let’s write one for you. Because right now, everyone needs that boost.
Let’s start here – so, you worked your way through school and earned your degree. You kept working to get your license. And now you’re making a successful career as a dental hygienist. This is no easy feat. Not to mention the knowledge and experiences you’ve gained over the years that are unique to only you.
But if you don’t tell potential employers how awesome you are, how are they going to know?
Enter: The Personal Statement.
A personal statement summarizes your experiences, strengths, achievements, and career aspirations for an employer. It’s a major opportunity to stand out among other candidates and make yourself SHINE.
Your personal statement should be a small, bite-sized representation of who you are as a professional, and what you have to offer in terms of experience and ambition.
Whereas a cover letter is a more long-form note written specifically for each employer, your personal statement is all about YOU.
So…How Exactly Does One Write A Personal Statement?
Writing a personal essay can seem daunting, but can actually be fun, and is not nearly as overwhelming as it seems. Below are some tips to get you started.
What To Include In Your Personal Statement
Your personal statement should include a brief overview of who you are, what makes you awesome and any work experience and/or education you’ve got. Be sure to include skills you’ve gained, whether specific to dental hygiene or not. You could talk about great time management skills, your ability to make personal connections with patients, or your unwavering responsibility.
Make sure you don’t clutter it up with boring business speak, and banish clichés such as ‘hard worker’ and ‘works well individually or as part of a team’. You’ll also want to steer clear of any personal information that isn’t relevant to the role you’re applying for.
How to Write Your Personal Statement
Knowing what and what not to include, you’re ready to get started.
Here are a few of our must-know tips for writing a personal statement:
- Keep it short, sweet (or sassy if that’s your brand) and to the point. Try keeping yours between 50 and 150 words.
- Write in your tone. This is all about YOU, and it’s so important that your personality shines through! Don’t use stiff, robotic language. Unless you’re a robot. In which case, cool.
- Highlight career turning points that cannot be shown on your resume. This is NOT your resume. Think of your personal statement as your resume’s synopsis: It tells the story in a condensed but captivating way that will make it impossible for employers not to want to keep reading — and impossible not to reach out to you.
- Be CONFIDENT. We’re not saying you have to be Taylor Vaughn from She’s All That level of self-obsession, but show that you know who you are and what you’re great at.
Above all, write about that one special thing about you that makes you stand out.
Not All Employers Will Request a Personal Statement
But it’s still a great practice to write one. You can always fit it in other places, like when you email your resume and cover letter, or you could even use a version of it in your Biteline profile.