How to Create a Bio That Stands Out

An engaging, well-crafted bio makes your resume or application stand out from the stacks an employer receives in response to a job advertisement. A hastily thrown together, dull bio, however, could cause your credentials to end up in the "no" pile. Because people are drawn in by narrative, creating an effective bio that tells your story can help you score an interview and land the job.


Make a list of your most impressive professional accomplishments, including past employment, the leadership roles you held and the projects you led. Refer to the list of accomplishments when writing your bio. You do not need to include all items on the list, but you should choose the ones that are most relevant to the position for which you are applying.


Write a gripping first sentence, such as a statement of your work philosophy, to give your potential employer incentive to keep reading your bio. Sharing your philosophy right away piques a reader's interest, and she may want to know more about how you plan put that philosophy into action as her employee. Such as statement also personalizes the bio and shows the reader your viewpoint.


Tell your story. A resume states facts, while a bio paints a picture about who you are. You may, for example, reflect on your past experiences and select one incident that played a major role in shaping your professional career such as a college course or a first job. Doing so helps the employer connect your past experiences to your desire for the open position.


Build on your credibility by discussing your awards or recognitions. Include information such as papers published in relevant journals or work mentioned in the media. To keep your bio flowing smoothly, discuss your awards together in one paragraph. You also can conclude each mention of a job or professional experience with a sentence about the awards you won as a result. Noting awards and recognitions raises your profile, especially when a potential employer is familiar with them.