Succeed in the workplace
Succeed in the workplace

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5 A summary of yourself

Photo of a hand holding a card with 'Who am I?' written on it.
Figure 6 Personal statement

It is important for any interview situation to be able to give a clear and concise summary of yourself and your interests. This activity gives you that chance, so remember to keep a record of your final summary in your notebook – it could come in very handy.

Activity 3 Drafting a personal statement

Timing: Allow approximately 10 minutes

One of the ways of putting yourself in the right frame of mind for this task is to envisage that you are in a lift with someone very important at your workplace. You introduce yourselves, and then your very important person (VIP) asks:

‘What do you do?’

What would you say? Remember that it needs to be short and sweet because you only have the lift journey in which to say it.

Write no more than three sentences as your answer in your notebook.


You may have found it tricky to sum yourself up in three sentences, which also sounds natural when you read it out. That will also make it less memorable.

Let’s look at an example of the kind of thing you might have written. Sally is employed by a supermarket chain on the tills. It’s not her ideal job, but the prospects in the organisation are good if she can demonstrate her potential. The person in the lift with her is the Area Manager. Look at the responses below which she might give to the question ‘what do you do?’ and choose the one which you think it best by ticking the right hand box.


I am Sally, I just work on the tills … I like the fact that it keeps me busy


I am Sally and I work on the till in the food section. I really like the fact that I get to specialise in one type of product.


I’m Sally, I work on the food section. I really enjoy being able to answer queries and, of course, taking the customer’s money – because that keeps us all in a job.

The correct answer is c.


Yes – this says clearly what she does, what she likes and the value of it to her employer.

In the next section you’ll finalise the statement that says who you are.

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