5 Steps to Pump up Your Profile and Bio Online Posted By Jay Buerck
Anyone who has spent even a second online dating has seen someone write a message to this effect: “It’s hard to write about myself, but …” And it is. But you certainly don’t need to state the obvious in your online dating profile, nor do you need to say so in your professional online presence.
No recruiter or company wants to see a bio about you that says “I don’t know how to promote myself” in so many words. They want to see something straight to the point and simple, yet creative and detailing as much as possible about your relevant experience in as few words as possible. This can be a daunting task for any job seeker, especially one who is not a good writer. So here’s five steps you can take to take your bio and profiles from blah to BAM!
1. Take a look at other bios to learn what works and what doesn’t.
While you should not steal someone’s identity or bio, you can learn from what they wrote about, what sounds good, and what bothers you. You can learn from both the best and the worst in this area to craft an inspired, yet original bio for yourself.
2. Write down the basics about yourself.
Look at common job interview questions and answer these questions, in addition to writing other basics about yourself, to learning more about who you are as a job candidate. After you’ve learned about yourself and have seen it on paper, it will be much easier to turn it into a bio than it is to do so from the thoughts swirling around your skull.
3. Be yourself.
It sounds cliché, but you don’t want to put on a total act to get a job interview. Because who you really are will quickly come out and you will have wasted both yours and the recruiters time if you’re not yourself up front. Just be the best and most professional version of who you are.
4. When you finally get to writing it, make a long and short version.
You’ll want both in case some sites require a more in-depth summary or jobs ask to learn more about you up front. It’ll be easier to have multiple options on hand than it is to write up something every time you’re applying for something new. Although you will still have to craft your answers to the specific job posting or recruiter to which you are responding.
You can learn from both the best and the worst in this area to craft an inspired, yet original bio for yourself.
5. Promote, promote, promote.
You didn’t waste all that time coming up with a bold bio just for it to sit out there in cyberspace. Promote your professional pages, follow companies and recruiters on social media sites, and ask friends and colleagues to help you promote it.
All that’s left to do after this is to maintain your new bio and update it as your skills and experience change. Then let the jobs and recruiters come to you – with as much baiting as is required of you.