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5 Tips for the Perfect Bio

5 tips for the perfect bio

One of the most important things for anyone in their career is to have a strong bio no matter what stage of their profession. I see many CV's and professional bios and it's the difference in quality that makes the best ones stand out. But how do you make your bio “perfect”? There isn't necessarily a right or wrong but you should find a style that matches your personality, your skills and the purpose of the bio. A bio can be used on your CV, your company website or on a presentation so it's useful to have one written that you can update quickly and use for different purposes.

Here are 5 tips to perfecting your bio.

 1) PREPARATION

Before you start, create a timeline of your education, and personal and professional achievements. You will probably already have this in the form of your CV. You won't be able to include everything but it's a good idea to list everything so you can ensure you pick the best bits.

2) HIGHLIGHT YOUR BEST ACHIEVEMENTS

How do you pick the best bits? You are a driven, career-minded professional but what have you actually achieved either through university, professionally or personally? Your achievements are so important to illustrate who you are, what you know, what you have done and how you have done it. Be specific.

3) KEEP IT PUNCHY, KEEP IT SHORT

The first sentence is the most important part of your bio. People are time poor and they won't necessarily have the time to read through all the detail. Keep it short and have the most important information at the top. That way you can edit it easily if you need to use it for different purposes.

4) CORRECT GRAMMAR/SPELLING

Often this is the first thing the reader will notice but the last thing people check. It should be high on your agenda to check this before you send it out to anybody. If you have obvious mistakes it looks unprofessional and lazy. If you are unsure, I would suggest you get someone to check it over before sending it out or using it on any formal documents.

5) PRESENTATION

Depending on the purpose of the bio, make keywords bold and use simple fonts such as Helvetica, Calibri or Arial. Don't use too many different font sizes as this could make it difficult for people to read. Use a picture of yourself as this makes it more personable to the reader.

 

 

8 Questions Great Candidates Ask

8 questions great candidates ask

“Do you have any questions for us?” is never a throwaway in an interviewer’s eyes. They are trying to establish how engaged you are with the business and the hiring process. By engaged they mean how interested you are in finding out if this is the right fit for you: ask questions that help you to form a picture of the business.

1. What is the company culture at the business?

As a top candidate who is serious about their career, you need to make sure that the company values are in line with your own and that the culture is a positive one.

2. What is your personal management style?

If you’re going to succeed you need to get on with your manager.

3. Why did the previous job holder leave?

Understanding what happened to the previous job holder means you’ll be mentally better prepared if you get the job.

4. How do you plan to deal with changes in the market?

As a top candidate you will have researched the organisation and the industry and you should want to know how the organisation is going to address possible weaknesses or threats.

5. What are the training and development opportunities?

Top candidates are interested in learning, developing and growing their careers so ask about formal and informal training.

6. What is the career progression potential at your business?

Find out how you can grow within the firm, how internal roles are advertised and how you can increase your responsibilities and your salary.

7. How did you get involved with/start the business?

An interest in the story behind the person or the business demonstrates your enquiring mind and thirst for insight. The answer will give you clues as to whether this organisation is the one for you.

8. How do your employees tend to relax?

Hard working, high performing candidates need to wind down too so try to understand how the organisation supports or encourages those things that balance work for you.

 

 

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