Though each personal statement differs from another, general structure remains the same. Your personal statement should contain special information and should contain the following parts: introduction, supporting paragraphs and conclusion. As you can see, the structure is similar to essay. Also you should keep in mind that this paper must be no longer than 500 words (the average length is about 4000 characters).
The introduction must be catchy, easily attracting reader’s attention. Think about what connects your experience with the vacancy you are applying for; give an example of such a connection. Be sure to mention the name of this company, program or organization you are going to work in.
In supporting paragraphs, you should answer specific questions related to the application. For example, you may write about your own qualifications, which correspond to special requirements of the position or the program. Also you may write about your short-term and long-term goals. Devote each paragraph to one question and write a topic sentence, which will inform the reader of the paragraphs content. Use only your relevant personal information, which supports your qualification.
In the conclusion paragraph, summarize briefly all issues that were mentioned in your supporting paragraphs and repeat your interest in this position or program. Mention how the experience or degree that you hope to get will help you in achieving your long-term goal.