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Top Tips for applications and personal statements

2012 GSTG Programme

Adrienne Jolly

on 4 February 2014

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Transcript of Top Tips for applications and personal statements

What to avoid?

Applications to different subjects/phases.
Generalised & bland assertions.
Highly opinionated views.
Negative comments.
Reference to money/holidays/pension.
Applications and Personal Statements
CV's and Applications
Don't confuse me!
Applications are always in response to a job description and should always be accompanied by a Person Specification
Covering letters - may be speculative, and not in response to a job description
Some will ask for an application, a CV and a supporting statement - e.g. UEA!
SO - Question One:
Can I do it?
Be realistic but FAIR on yourself!
The Job Description
Will help you to understand the context and activity......
Essential and Desirable.......
Do I like the sound of this?
Do I like the sound of them?
Do I think I could do this?
Have I done something like this before?
The Person Specification:
Be Precise
Be Accurate
Be Unambiguous
Be Honest
Be Thorough
Be Concise
Be Factual
The Personal Statement
Person specification
Evidence! Evidence! Evidence!
CARS - Be a competent driver!
Intros and Outros
The bigger picture
Reviewing it all....
Have you?
Answered the person specification?
Do they know you are interested?
Do they see how you could fit?
Have you had it checked?!!!!
(Have you read it aloud?)
Stop, John! That's not the kind of troubleshooter they're looking for!!!!

Context: Worked on a fundraising event for Management Soc
Action: Coordinated a team of event helpers
Designed, printed and sold tickets
Helped on the day
Result:Raise over £700 for charity

Statement (use the verbs first):
Designed and oversaw marketing materials and coordinated a team of helpers for a Management Society charity fundraising event, which raised in excess of £700

a passion and enthusiasm for working at the cutting edge of Internet Marketing
Strong commercial awareness
A passion for business
High level of interpersonal skills?
Business acumen
Social conscience
Values that are in tune with our organisation
How do you demonstrate:
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