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.
6. REVISE, REVISE, REVISE. Have another person (several persons) critique your work. Use fellow students, trusted professors, your parents or significant other _ anyone who will read your statement closely and give you constructive advice. You, yourself, should read your statement out loud; the ear will hear errors (sentence fragments, grammatical missteps) the eye misses. Be aware of unconscious mistakes, like starting every sentence with the work "I", using cliches (example: saying you want to be a doctor to "help people"), or over_stating or exaggerating accomplishments or emotions. Once satisfied, put the statement down, do not over_write it and drain it of all intensity and enthusiasm. Lastly, think on this. Your personal statement is your opportunity to tell your "story" and a window into your humanity _ ultimately, that is what makes it engaging and memorable to the schools you are applying to.