BioSpace Collaborative

Academic/Biomedical Research
News & Jobs
Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Channel Medical Device and Diagnostics Channel Clinical Research Channel BioSpace Collaborative    Job Seekers:  Register | Login          Employers:  Register | Login  

Free Newsletters
My Subscriptions

News by Subject
News by Disease
News by Date
Search News
Post Your News

Job Seeker Login
Most Recent Jobs
Search Jobs
Post Resume
Career Fairs
Career Resources
For Employers

Regional News
US & Canada
  Biotech Bay
  Biotech Beach
  Pharm Country
  Bio NC
  Southern Pharm
  BioCanada East
  C2C Services & Suppliers™


Company Profiles

Research Store

Research Events
Post an Event
Real Estate
Business Opportunities

 News | News By Subject | News by Disease News By Date | Search News
Get Our Industry eNewsletter FREE email:    

3 Tips to Writing an Awesome Career Biography

3/4/2013 10:55:37 AM

3 Tips to Writing an Awesome Career Biography 3 Tips to Writing a Strong Career Biography
By Laura Smith-Proulx, Executive Resume Writer

A career biography as a job search document is nothing new; employers and recruiters have often reviewed bios as a part of a leadership or executive portfolio.

In fact, don’t be surprised if you’re asked for an executive biography when submitting your resume.

However, you don’t want to resort to the tired, “James has served as the IT Director of XYZ Company for 6 years” type of bio.

Instead, power up your biography with these writing techniques – creating a vibrant, clearly written narrative of your leadership career that demands attention:

1. Summarize your work history – but consider where to start.

Many leadership biographies are designed to spell out your career chronology by starting with your current role.

This is because when you’re aiming for either a level up, you’ll want to grab the reader with a potent description of your authority and relevant achievements, as in this excerpt from a CFO bio:

“As the CFO for XYZ Company, Jason has taken on all the accounting and financial functions, quickly spearheading capital raising efforts that boosted the firm’s line of revolving credit by $25M in support of 300% projected growth.”

However, there are times it can make sense to write a narrative that starts at the beginning of your career. This is especially true if you’ve risen up in the same company for a number of years, and you want to show how your early work affected your career trajectory:

“Routinely selected for promotions due to his ability to create operations improvements, Ted began his career at ABC Corporation in field sales, where he quickly achieved 140% of quota in the first year.”

2. Wrap your job search intentions throughout your bio.

Like your resume, your biography should be written to show forward-projecting capabilities, with a message that tells employers what you can do for them in the future.

This opening sentence for a leadership biography (for a candidate targeting an executive role in an investor portfolio company) shows how your career goals can be stated alongside your past accomplishments:

“Frank Wilson, a former GM and VP of Sales for profitable ventures, holds a record of revenue growth and innovation that took companies from the idea stage through expansion, assisting investors to create go-to market strategies and lead successful exits.”

3. Weave your philosophy and approach into the story.

A bio gives you the chance to inject your personality, work style, and even your legacy into a career search document – allowing employers insight into what motivates you.

An executive biography can also spell out the reasons why your leadership approach has been successful in generating profits, as shown in this excerpt:

“A believer in open and transparent communications among employees, Sarah has created an environment that facilitated a 100% increase in gross income year-over-year, with top-notch staff motivated to outperform competing companies.”

So, take a creative approach when writing your career biography – allowing yourself freedom from the confines of a traditional resume, and injecting some colorful language that shows the reasons for your ROI as a candidate.

Read more biotech career tips. Find more biotech and pharma jobs by visiting the career center.

About the Author

Laura Smith-Proulx of An Expert Resume is an executive resume writer and former recruiter who partners with CEO, CIO, COO, CFO, CTO, SVP, and Director candidates to win interviews at major corporations. A certified Professional Resume Writer, Online Professional Networking Strategist, Career Management Coach, Interview Coach, and Microblogging Career Strategist, she is a multiple award-winning resume writer and author of How to Get Hired Faster: 60+ Proven Tips & Resources to Access the Hidden Job Market.

Check out the latest Career Insider eNewsletter - March 7, 2013.

Sign up for the free weekly Career Insider eNewsletter.

Related Articles
* How to Make Your Resume Look More Attractive to the Employer
* 3 Common Resume Problems – Does Your Resume Fall Prey to One of These?
* Do You Have a Resume or a ‘Job Description’?

Read at