Hello, I am in the process of applying for a job that starts in October (hurrah for late bloomers on the job market!) The school has asked for both a personal statement that can be inserted in a box on the generic applictaion form, and a cover letter. I have read Theo's advice on the differences between the two, but the school's instructions make it more confusing still. On the generic application form, the personal statement asks for information on my experience, qualities, and how I would address the person specification with examples from my practices (I am an NQT). I read a bit around what makes a cover letter, and various sources tell me it consists of telling the reader how your work experience matches the job. This sounds exactly like a personal statement to me! Other sources state that a cover letter is only a few sentences/paragraphs long. Is a personal statement basically an extension of the cover letter? If anyone can shed some light, or perhaps offer a sample starter sentence for each example, I would be ever so grateful. Thank you!!