Keep it short and sweet _ It's tempting to write after page of additional information to include in your personal statement. To be most effective, however, you should cap your statement at no more than one page, or about three paragraphs. The last thing you want to do is bore the person reading your application. So find one or two things you'd like to talk about and address these points strongly. Try to make your statement pop__use strong words, active voice and short paragraphs. The goal should be to make your reader want to know more after reading your piece, not be thankful that it's finally over.
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.