To avoid falling into the common traps, it’s good to put a little thought and revision into your personal bio before letting out for the world to know. You’re likely to need bios of different lengths for different purposes, so writing keeping in mind your intention can be a great way to streamline your writing. You’re likely to need a version to put before your resume (sometimes referred to an objective), one that you can use on professional networking sites such as LEAP or LinkedIn, and finally one that’s ultra-short, the elevator pitch version of a bio you can use on social media platforms and the like.
When you’re writing a personal bio, it’s good for it to be as focused as possible, but don’t forget to let your personality shine through. Some experts recommend writing in the third person to achieve a sense of objectivity while creating a narrative arc – for instance, you could write: Jane Smith graduated with a first-class degree from Oxford University, where she studied Art History. Her research areas lie in the intersection of digital technology and contemporary art. She’s had her work published in the New York Times, The London Review, and The Guardian. In her spare time, she enjoys talking about tech with her cat, amongst others. There’s enough here about personal achievement to end on a lighter note that will draw attention to the candidate’s personality. There’s no set format to achieving the perfect personal bio: treat it as a showcase for your personality and work goals, one that allows you to set yourself apart from those who will have similar qualifications to yourself.
Once you’re done with your basic personal bio, it is well worth knowing it can be worth revisiting every now and again to tailor to the needs of your application. For example, if you’re applying for a position in Sales, adding an important client you’ve managed to find for a past company or the amount of growth you’ve achieved in the past will focus the reader’s attention onto the most important information first, before allowing them to skim through other details. When you’re dealing with limited attention and time, a personal bio that contains key details can be a life saviour in terms of getting yourself a little extra of both. Make sure to include contact details and interlink your various social media accounts, which will help you boost your own personal branding.
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