Overly Technical _ In many cases, the person reading your resume and personal statement will be part of a different department to the one where you are applying to work. Therefore, he may have no knowledge of the more technical aspects of the position so avoid the use of jargon. Your personal statement should be concise, informative and enjoyable and should be understandable to all readers. Vivid imagery always captures the attention of the reader so work on your writing skills! A strong resume needs to be backed up with an equally powerful and compelling personal statement if you want to get through to the first round of interviews. Take the time to craft your statement and you'll immediately be ahead of the majority of candidates who continue to make the above errors.
B. Questions a PS should answer _ What positive characteristics do you possess (e.g., honest, compassionate, loyal)? _ What skills do you have (e.g., analytical, communication, organizational)? _ How have you changed or grown over the years? What challenges have you faced and overcome, and how have they made you more mature? _ What makes you unique? What sets you apart from other applicants? _ Why should the admissions committee consider you? _ How have past experiences impacted your life? Can you relate these experiences to your goals? _ What are your study and career goals?