Probably, yes, but… In reality many of the applicants who thought they can, actually, CAN’T. They write a long text with information about themselves, their startups and their expectations however, occasionally they miss something important and afterwards – do not get Endorsement. So, let’s start from the basics of the Personal Statement – this important document for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa.
If you are searching properly, you have seen that I wrote a couple of articles on the similar topic here, here and here. But since repetition is the mother of skill, it is better to clarify the main aspects one more time.
Make a plan of your Personal Statement
Everyone knows about the 12 key questions to answer in the Personal Statement. They are published in the Tech Nation Guidelines (page 25) and I will not waste your time to re-read it here. Hence, you need to create approximately 6 – 8 paragraphs to answer them. By the way, you can mix your answers and write in any order but you must not forget to answer any of them.
Write within wordcount
To write a clear Personal Statements you need no more than 1000 words (or 7000 characters). It is approximately two sides of A4 with text in Times New Roman (12 pt). If you can cover all the points in 6000 characters, that is not bad, however, you still miss a chance to tell more about your future projects or occupation. Hence, this is not a good practise.
Keep the ratio
Using a word “ratio” I mean an approximate size and content of every paragraph in your Personal Statement. Sure, you can write three big paragraphs and disclose the required information there. Or you can write ten paragraphs and do the same. But you need to keep your eye on what you are writing. If you will focus only on your past – you will not write about your future plans appropriately. However, if you will be focused only on the bright future in the UK – you will miss the foundation and the Endorsement Panel will not understand why you are exceptionally talented and they have to endorse you.
Forget about formatting
Sometimes applicants send me their Personal Statements to read and share my opinion. It is not a problem for me to write what I think about strong and weak points of their document.
However, when I see any kind of (1) subheading, (2) links, (3) Q&A format, (4) bold text, (5) quotations from Letter of Recommendation, I am sad. The Personal Statement is not a blog post or an article, it also is not an exam paper or pitch deck. It is a pure text that contains your thoughts and ideas. Dot.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about 8 typical mistakes of Exceptional Talent Visa applicants. However, I need to say this again: you are exceptional talent (I hope so!) not because of your 10+ years of experience in technology, your gender or, perhaps, your completed courses in Udacity. You are unique because of your value that you can bring to the United Kingdom as a holder of Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa. You are the mix of your achievements, qualities and plans. That is why you must focus only on this aspect and write your Personal Statement from this point of view.
If you are still struggling with writing a Personal Statement, don’t understand how it looks like and what to put into it – I suggest Examples of Personal Statement will be interesting and useful for you. You can download them (with other insights about Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa) in Talent Visa app and get answers and tips to the core questions of the whole visa application process for this unique and prestige visa route. Have questions? Write them to me!