How to write a killer bio

For a growing swath of the workforce the resume has been replaced, or at least supplemented, by the bio. If you’ve ever had to be introduced by someone at a conference, you know it’s wise to give the person introducing you a written bio rather than sit back and hear how she decides to describe you. Written bios are posted on websites; abbreviated bios show up on sites like LinkedIn; even shorter ones appear next to our profiles on Twitter; and snappy taglines trail the bottoms of our emails.

With the bio in full bloom right now, it pays to take some time to write yours in a way that that reflects how you want to be perceived. Perhaps you want to show a sense of humor or wit. Maybe you want to show your technical prowess by delivering your bio in a video format. And while you’re at it, why not let your bio accomplish some personal branding for you. As you write yours, consider a few things.

If you’re a writer, show off your writing

While writers should have an advantage in crafting well-written bios, it’s remarkable how few unleash their facility with language when profiling themselves. Which is why I love the bio and “about Laura” sections of novelist Laura Zigman’s website. They are composed entirely in the third person and the opening few lines of the bio give you an idea of her tone: “Laura Zigman grew up in Newton, Massachusetts (where she felt she never quite fit in), and graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (where she didn’t fit in either) and the Radcliffe Publishing Procedures Course (where she finally started to feel like she fit in).” {Read the rest at Yahoo!}

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3 Responses to “How to write a killer bio”

  1. pati Says:

    Marci,

    Who is LZ’s audience? I liked her splash page, but was turned off after entering. Just not my thing, I guess.

    p

  2. heymarci Says:

    P, She’s a novelist, and I think she’s doing a great job of introducing her literary style on her site.

  3. Writing a Good Bio « HearLauraBrant Says:

    [...] Laura and Marci had a great exchange and it turned out that Marci included a link to Laura’s third-person-website bio in the blog she was writing about bios — which is the point of this post.  Here’s the link to that post and Laura is not only [...]

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