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.
In talking to Admissions Representatives across the country, there is one aspect of a personal statement they all agree on _ BE YOURSELF and let them get a feel for the type of person you really are. This includes your motivations and the ability to evaluate your personal experiences and the effect they had on you. If you can understand that 8 out of 10 personal statements fail to do this, then you are well on your way to being 1 of the 2 applicants in every 10 that stands out.