Today we are returning back to the Personal Statement – a very important document of the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application. You may be a real digital star but with bad and unclear wordings in the Personal Statement, your personal score during the visa assessment process will be dropped. I have already wrote a couple of articles about basics of this document and its details. By the way, all of my previous blog postings are based on pages 12 and 18 of Guidelines so you can always double check the interesting facts.
Today I need to clarify one more point. The question for today is: are the quotes and links relevant to include into the Personal Statement?
Short answer – probably, no. But you need to understand three main things about the Personal Statement and then you will understand why my answer is negative.
Writing a personal statement is similar to creating own vision for your life as a startup. Indeed, your life is the most important project of your everyday routine. What extra bonuses you will have with Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa? How you will change not only your life but life of other people in the UK and around the world?
Your Personal Statement has to be a monologue about your future and a couple of sentences about your past. But again – a past as a foundation for future achievements, not a main body of your Personal Statement.
One creative trick – imagine that you will read your personal statement in front of auditory. Nobody likes pure facts of history and all of us like stories to dream about. That’s why your Personal Statement has to be a good storytelling – start with what you already have had and go directly to what you want to achieve with Tier 1 Exceptional Promise Visa. By the way, write about:
- the city where you plan to live and why you have chosen it. ;
- what will be your occupation after obtaining this visa;
- the focus industry (or industries) that you will enter with your digital skills;
- what benefits for the UK you will bring with you.
Some accuracy in your imagination will be a plus (if your startup will create job places – approximate number in the next 5 years according to your growth plan; investments – what round and what size; name your target auditory if you know it and so on)
Your Personal Statement should not be a collection of quotes by people who signed your Recommendation Letters. As you can suggest – all the documents are scrutinized. Assessment Board at Tech City UK reads all the recommendations. Hence, even if CEO Google (Amazon, Tesla, etc.) wrote that you are a talent, you should not duplicate his or her words. No need for repeat. Almost the same situation is with quotes extracted from the Supporting Documents.
The only trick in this situation – if you want to mention some recognition that is important for you, you can write something: “After I was named as “a digital guru” by Forbes, I have understand that I need to share my knowledge and created own EdTech startup” or something like this.
Your application is a pure text, not HTML (moreover, if you are applying using a paper form). Do not be silly to waste your word count with links. The reality is cruel – your application will be among others (ten other applications or hundred others…). Hence, write as much as you can using own words. Provide not links but a screenshorts of the links if the content can prove your digital skills, world recognition or support your visa application in any other way.
Additionally – a practical thing (again – a trick 🙂 ). If a web document after printing consists of 3 and more pages – you need to choose only the pages with information about you.
For example, if your startup are among the 20 most interesting startups of the world named by Guardian, but all of them are listed in one document, please, be short. Print the page with a title of the article on the first page and the description of your startup in the list – on the second page. When printing directly from the webpage – link will be included and prove the identity of the informational resource.