Writing a PhD Statement of Purpose for Your CV
Should Your Statement of Purpose for PhD Cover Issues with Your Resume?
In general, your PhD statement of purpose should not cover anything that is covered elsewhere within your application. However, if you have any employment or educational gaps in your resume or any other issues it may be best to explain them within your PhD application statement of purpose so that the admissions committee will understand the reasons.
It is far better that you cover the reasons for any issues, especially if there are perfectly good reasons for them. Not covering them could lead to the committee making assumptions and turning to applicants who may not have any issues. Covering the issues effectively within your statement and knowing what you should raise is not always so easy.
How to Cover CV Issues When Writing Your PhD Statement of Purpose
The following advice will help you to decide what and how to cover any issues within your resume so that you inform the admissions committee effectively:
- Gaps in your education or working career: it is best to highlight what you were doing during those gaps rather than leaving it blank. Especially if you were traveling or undertaking some other useful and interesting character building activity.
- Changes in direction or career: often it is best to cover why you have made any significant deviations in your career or education paths and why you are following the route you are on now.
- Poor results: if you failed to achieve the expected grades you should highlight the reasons briefly and concentrate more on how you have recovered and resolved the issues.
- Never blame others within your statement for your own failings or fail to take responsibility for your actions.