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Editing is generally much easier than writing, especially for perfectionist types who struggle to get going. Just get your pen moving and give yourself something to start whittling down. When I say pen, I mean it literally - it can be really helpful to start drafting on paper rather than on the computer.
Start by brainstorming a list of your positive traits. Don't filter it, just write down anything that comes into your head - good at Boggle, nice to your nan, it doesn't matter at this stage as long as you're filling up the page. Once you've got a list that seems excessively long, do the same for the requirements of the post.
Compare the lists and look at the overlap. Pick a personal attribute and a job requirement that roughly match up, and write a paragraph or two on how you developed that attribute - think about your life and educational experiences and try to pick practical examples of where you demonstrated that trait. Repeat this for as many of the attributes you think might be even vaguely relevant. Again, we're looking for quantity rather than quality.
By now, you should have far more than 500 words to pick from. It's only at this point that we should start getting critical. Think about which are the most relevant skills to showcase. Cut out the waffle, refine the sentences, start squeezing things down to fit in the word limit. Shuffle things around to highlight the most important parts. Now you're on easy street - it's just spit and polish. If you start running out of steam, just set it aside and come back later with fresh eyes.