Preparing a Personal Statement

Below are some tips for preparing your personal statement, also called a statement of intent or admissions letter by some universities.

  • The personal statement is more than an example of writing proficiency. It will enable the admissions committee to learn more about you. Discuss your goals, your achievements, and your interests.
  • How did you first become interested in industrial relations and human resources? Are there particular work experiences, courses, class assignments or research papers that you have prepared that you would like to draw to the attention of the admissions committee?
  • Use the statement to reflect on your strengths. Highlight those skills and personal characteristics that you possess that make you a strong candidate for the graduate program.
  • Do you have professional, community service, volunteer, or extra-curricular activities that may not be reflected in your resume?
  • Elaborate on your career goals. Describe how this program coincides with your short and/or long-term career objectives.
  • Are there any gaps or discrepancies in your academic record that you should explain?
  • Have you had to overcome any unusual obstacles or hardships that may have impacted on your past performance?
  • Remember to keep the statement to one page (single spaced). Do not send samples of your academic work and publications unless the admissions committee requests these.