Why You Should Have a Personal Biography
Every professional should have an updated personal biography. This can be used a part of their LinkedIn profile, as an introduction to potential employers and clients, as an internal company introduction after obtaining a new position, for use in a college application and for multiple other purposes. A well written biography will enable you to create a first impression with the reader that is consistent with the way you’d like them to perceive you.
Personal biographies are different than a resume in that they provide details about a person’s credentials and achievements in a general manner as opposed to a chronological listing of their career. It provides readers with insight into the person’s character, personality and accomplishments in both their personal and professional lives. After reading a personal biography, the reader should feel like they’ve already met the subject of the bio and would like to get to know them better.
Components of a personal biography include:
• Introduction and Summary
• Education and Credentials
• Notable Achievements
• A Closing Statement
The first step in writing a personal biography is to identify the purpose of the paper and who your audience is. This will allow you to target the information to the objective you’d like to achieve or the response you’d like to elicit from the reader.
Next, be concise and to the point. Limit the use of anecdotes and present your information in an orderly fashion, guiding your reader through the story of what experiences have made you who you are. Write in the third person as if someone else is describing you.
Finally, conclude with a summary of any ongoing projects you’re working on and a statement of your claim to fame, based on your life’s experience and achievements.
A well written personal biography is a great professional tool. Let us know if you’re interested in creating your personal biography and would like some assistance. We’re here to help you with any of your job search needs.