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How to Write an Online Bio

Résumés Are Out, Online Portfolios Are Where It's At

Résumés might catch someone's eye, but online bios tend to make a lasting impression on your potential employer. While you're on your job hunt, consider setting up a website, so you can tell your story and help people get a sense of who you are. Here is some great advice on crafting a bio from The 99 Percent:

  • How you are different. Employers look through a ton of résumés, so here's your chance to show them why you stand out above the rest. "Show us that you have a unique perspective or fresh vantage point on the things that matter most."
  • Where does your idea come from. It's nice to see that you have new ideas, but finding out how you arrived at them paints a fuller picture. "Explain the origin for how you came to see the world in this way. Maybe it was something that happened to you as a kid or early in your career."
  • Prove your story. You should always follow up your unique idea with an explanation of how this translates to the real world. After all a "fresh" perspective can easily be perceived as wacky if you can't prove your track record. " If you’re doing something new, different, or innovative – you have to anchor it into the familiar. Help people see that your novel ideas are connected to things they recognize and trust. That might be your notable clients, press, publications, or things you’ve created. Just enough to show people your story is for real."
  • Show your humanity. Being vulnerable is a good thing, because it allows people to connect with you. A lot of people are intimidated by interviews and potential employers and tend to show only show a polished side of themselves, which isn't always the smartest move. "Remind people you’re not so different from them. Vulnerability is the new black. Share some guilty pleasures. Describe what you like to geek out on. Reveal a couple things you obsess about as hobbies or interests. This will make you more approachable and relatable. You’re human, too."

If you're sold on the idea, check out websites that already specialize in creating online portfolios like about.me, so you won't have to worry about about creating and designing your whole page from scratch.

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