Resume Rewrite _ A personal statement should never be a mini_biography yet many applicants insist on doing little more than adding a chronology of their work experience, employment history and responsibilities of previous jobs. This does nothing to add to their desirability since the recruiting manager will glean all of this information from the rest of the resume. This is your chance to shine which means including details not included on the resume such as a description of 'soft' skills like analytical thinking and interpersonal skills.
When writing your personal statement as part of your medical school admissions packet, you are communicating your unique attributes and abilities. To give your statement greater clarity and substance, here are 6 important considerations. 1. USE ACTIVE VOICE. Active verbs convey power and authority. Your ultimate goal is to stand out enough to get accepted, so incorporating action verbs puts the emphasis directly on you. An added bonus of using active voice versus passive voice is that passive voice sentences take up more line space, an important consideration since the number of characters count. (Example of active voice: I shadowed several doctors..., rather than passive voice: I have shadowed several doctors..., note use of the helping verb making it passive).