Although a personal statement is deemed to be an optional part of a resume, it is a golden opportunity to grab the recruiting manager's attention from the moment he picks up your application. This is crucial since you have about 5┦ seconds to make an impression on paper, not an easy task! Basic personal statement tips include keeping it short and to the point, including your ambition, ensuring every single world counts and steering clear of dull and clichéd phrases. Few people seem to adhere to these guidelines and include one of the following mistakes instead.
So how do I know what universities want? Start by reading about the university, the course you want to study and the "entry profiles" as these will give you information about the type of student the university is looking for. Universities also want the truth so do not lie about your abilities and they want your writing so do not ask someone to write the personal statement for you. Some areas to cover include why you want to study this subject, what your future career plans are, what you do in your free time, what skills you have (academic and non_academic), what's interesting and/ or different about you.