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Writing a personal statement or cover letter is a common challenge many candidates face when preparing their CV.

Where do I start? How long should it be? What should I include?

A personal statement or cover letter should introduce you and your key skills. It should act as the platform to showcase your main selling points. A short paragraph identifying the following is all that you need to create the perfect overview of your career so far and why you’re a worthy candidate:

  • Who are you?
  • What is your current situation?
  • Why are you seeking new opportunities?
  • What are your biggest strengths?

For example:

“I am a dedicated, ambitious Account Manager with a proven track record in building strong relationships and achieving results. Throughout my career I have learnt the importance of service excellence and being a team player. I’m now seeking a new opportunity where I can continue to develop my existing skill set and be responsible for a more varied work load. I’m motivated by career progression, exceeding targets and being part of a successful team. I consider myself to be a driven and focussed professional who is passionate about building and maintaining relationships with my clients.


  • Include personal information. Your future employer should not be interested in your marital status, age, etc
  • Oversell yourself or over complicate things. Stick to the point and keep it simple

We hope you’ve found this post useful and the very best of luck in applying for your next role!

For more information or guidance on how to write a personal statement, please do not hesitate to contact us at MARS and one of our experienced consultants will be on hand to help.