I hope everyone had a great bank holiday weekend and enjoyed the Easter break. Let us know in the comments what you got up to over the long weekend. Onto the blog, and this week we are looking into how to write the perfect suitability statement to accompany your CV when applying for a new position.
When you are applying for a new position, completing a suitability statement is essential as it will enhance your profile and express in more detail what you can do. Your CV may be filled with previous experience and skills you have gained, but a CV doesn’t always give examples of how you gained this experience or how you learnt a new skill and how you use it. Whereas a suitability statement will go in more depth on previous experiences.
A suitability statement should always be tailored to the position you are applying for. You can either write a statement from scratch or start off with a generic statement that you have saved, but always amend it to reflect what the position requires. Read through the job description thoroughly and pick out the experience points that are required and give examples of how you have previously done these tasks and explain the outcome.
There are a few ways you can present your suitability statement, such as using bullet points, writing in paragraphs or listing out the experience points and writing a small paragraph below. All hiring managers have different preferences on how they like to see the information presented, although EGB recommends listing out the experience points and writing a short paragraph below each point. This allows you to write about experiences directly to what they are looking for in the position. You should ensure that you detail how and when you gained this experience or used this skill and describe the outcome that came from this.
All candidates are different and like to present their statement in their own way. Some candidates like to use bullet points and this can be effective as they are short and straight to the point. Some hiring managers may like reading through bullet points as it is easier and quicker to get a grasp of what the candidate can offer. Other candidates like to write their statements in paragraphs detailing their previous experience as it allows them to go into very fine detail of tasks they have completed and skills they have gained. If you have a specific way of completing the suitability statement that has always worked for you, let us know what it is in the comments below.
To finish off your statement, carry out final checks on spelling and grammar, as once your statement has been submitted, you don’t want any mistakes which could have been amended before submission, potentially stopping you get to the next stage. Also ensure the formatting of your statement is the same throughout. You want your statement to come across professional, so you don’t want the text in your statement to change font or size halfway through the document.
There are quite a few points to consider when completing a suitability statement, but the most important part is that a statement should always be completed and always tailored to the position you are applying for. Remember you want to maximise your chances of getting the position, so having a detailed suitability statement attached with your CV is a must.
Have a great weekend.