I have just finished writing personal statement and as far as formal etiquette concerns, there should be a date at the beginning. Is this a date I started writing the statement or the date I am sending it?

And is this the right format of the date: February 24, 2014?

  • 4
    My personal statement did not include a date, and I don't think a date is required.
    – Aru Ray
    Feb 24, 2014 at 15:58
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    DO you mean a personal statement or cover letter ? As @AruRay points out, personal statements don't typically include a date, but cover letters do.
    – Suresh
    Feb 24, 2014 at 16:37
  • It's for Masters studies and it's a personal statement. I think it's always better to include a date. So what do you think? Which date?
    – emil.c
    Feb 24, 2014 at 16:57
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    I would probably use the date of when I finished writing the statement (which might be earlier than sending), but I don't think there's a rule for that. Feb 24, 2014 at 17:47
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    Nobody will care about the date or even notice it (unless it's wildly off).
    – JeffE
    Feb 25, 2014 at 12:28

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If this is for an application for university, then you do not need to date your personal statement. That is because your application as a whole is dated and signed by you at the very end.

Otherwise, you can initialize and date it at the end of the document, e.g.:

KN 2014.06.30

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