How to Write a Personal Statement for a Care Assistant Role

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When applying for a new role, many of us can struggle when it comes to writing a personal statement. How do we know whether we are saying the right thing, showcasing our suitability for the role and highlighting our strengths and enthusiasm, whilst also keeping it short, friendly and to the point?

In this blog, we share our tips for writing a personal statement for a care assistant job, whether you have no experience, some or lots of experience. Learn how to highlight your skills and effectively communicate your experiences. Click here to find out more about the key duties of a carer, that you could expand on within your own personal statement. Read on to also see our template care assistant statement.


No experience:
If you have very little or no previous experience, it can be daunting to write a personal statement and you may be wondering where to start. When starting a career as a care assistant, you will likely find you already have many of the soft skills needed, and everything else can be learnt along the way. Soft skills are general character traits that describe how you work and interact with others, and are typically built through day-to-day experiences.

An example of soft skills are:

  • Communication - good communication skills means you are able to effectively share your own perspectives, whilst also being able to listen and understand others. This is essential when communicating with others such as service users, their loved ones, and other healthcare professionals.
  • Team work - being able to work as a team is extremely important when working as a care assistant.
  • Problem solving - unexpected problems can arise that you may need to resolve. Being able to identify a problem, think critically and determine the best resolution is an important skill, no matter how big or small the problem may be.
  • Time management - when working as a care assistant, you will have time slots dedicated to each client. Good time management skills are important, to ensure that you arrive at each client on time, and complete the tasks required within the time allotted.
  • Adaptability - for a care assistant, no two days are the same. Being able to adapt your approach depending on your client and their needs is an extremely important skill.

Soft skills are also transferable skills that you can use in many different situations, and you may already have examples of when you used these skills that you are able to highlight within your personal statement. Check out our blog on transferable skills for care to find out more.

A personal statement is a chance to express yourself to the employer. Don’t forget to include why you are pursuing a career as a care assistant. Let them know why you think you are the right person for the role, and why you have chosen this career path.

A personal statement template for a care assistant role with no experience:
Embarking on a career in care, I am determined to support and uplift others. With strong interpersonal skills and a compassionate demeanour, my ability to empathise, communicate effectively, and adapt quickly equips me with the skills needed to start a career in care. I am dedicated to delivering person-centred care with empathy, respect, and kindness, and I am eager to learn from experienced colleagues to further develop my skills. I am excited about the opportunity to contribute positively to your team and make a meaningful impact on the lives of those in need of care and support.


Some experience/Personal experience:
When writing a personal statement for a care assistant with some experience, it is important to highlight both your previous experience and your soft skills. You may have gained experience through looking after a loved one or doing some work as an unpaid carer. These experiences can equip you with more than enough skills to start your career as a care assistant.

Within your personal statement, you could include the condition(s) you supported with and how you cared for an individual. Highlight how you learnt to support them, and what you learned from this experience. Discussing the skills you have gained so far, through the support you have provided is sure to make your personal statement stand out.

Maybe you have gained some experience through studying. Whether you are currently studying health care or have studied in the past, the skills you have learnt and qualifications you may have gained are hugely beneficial when applying for a position as a care assistant. Within your personal statement, briefly discuss what you have learned and how you believe the experience will benefit you within your career. Highlight any moments that stand out for you, or if there are any areas you would like to explore further within your career.

A personal statement template for a care assistant role with some experience:
With a year of experience in providing care to a loved one, including support with dementia and mobility limitations, I am eager to bring my expertise to your team. My previous care experience has equipped me with the skills to deliver compassionate care tailored to the unique needs of each individual. I am able to collaborate effectively with others, and uphold high standards of care. I am passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of those I serve and am excited about the opportunity to contribute my skills and experience to your organisation.


Lots of experience:
If you are writing a personal statement for a health care assistant with experience, it’s important to highlight your most important experiences, skills and what value you can bring to your new role.

If you have worked as a care assistant previously, you could discuss what you have learnt, any conditions you have assisted your service users with and the interpersonal skills you have honed, such as time management and effective communication. Maybe you have experience working within a hospital, a care home, or a provided care in the community with another company. Whatever your role and wherever you were based, communicating your duties, learnings and responsibilities will help to create an effective personal statement.

Within your care assistant personal statement, you could discuss your future goals and what you would like to achieve within a new position. Are there any specific routes within the care industry that you would like to explore further, such as clinical care, nursing or branch management? There are many opportunities to advance your career within care. You can find out more about the different pathways you can take here. Or hear from our very own Lucy, who began her career as a care assistant and worked her way up to Branch Manager. You can also be inspired by Tony’s story about his journey from an unpaid carer to Quality Manager.

A personal statement template for a care assistant role with lots of experience:
I have over 5 years of experience in care. I've supported individuals with diverse health conditions such as dementia, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and mobility issues. My role involved medication management, assisting with daily tasks, and providing emotional support.

I have strong interpersonal skills, enabling me to build trust with clients and collaborate effectively with other healthcare professionals and loved ones. Looking ahead, I'm passionate about advancing in healthcare. I aim to learn more about clinical care and to continue making a positive impact on others' lives.

Overall, your personal statement should highlight your previous experiences, your future goals and why you think you’re the perfect fit for the role. Be sure to keep it between half a page to a page long, but most importantly, express yourself!

Has your personal statement helped you get that interview? Here’s our blog on some of the most common care interview questions and how to answer them.

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