With all the websites, blogs and social media profiles, you always need a short bio; may be more so than a resume. As an intern that doesn't have much experience or things to brag about, I have struggled a lot of times writing my own bio. Writing it is not difficult, but making it short and simple is the hardest part.
I finally came across this very helpful article: The Reume is Dead, The Bio is King by Michael Margolis. Here is a formula that Michael put together:
- Share a point of view
- Create a back story
- Incorporate external validations
- Invite people into relationship
Here are some questions that he raised:
- Who I am (what I do)
- How can I help you (my skills)
- How did I get here (school + experience)
- Why can you trust me (again, valiadations)
- What we share in common (put something easy to relate to like coffee, yoga...)
Plus, add your own little twist to spice it up! I also like to put a little “What people say...” section after my bio, just so employers get a sense of me without reading those long reference letters. Testimonials are always good. You can find it on my archinect profile:http://archinect.com/joannlui.
Have you tackled your bio yet? Do you have any suggestions for us interns on how to write our short bio?
P.S. 99u is such a great website for us creative kinds!
Thanks for reading.
Aspiring architect and graphic designer. I design buildings and write about it. My interests revolve around urban architecture, people, graphics, arts and culture.