inShare506 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 make 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.
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