writting a bio

mike   Fri Sep 22, 2006 2:59 am GMT
I am trying to talk about myself for a new job. I usually write a CV – though I haven’t written any since ages, but for this time a Bio is required.

How a bio differs in style from a CV…Any tips or examples?

thornell kirven   Tue Oct 10, 2006 1:36 am GMT
I am trying to write bio of myself for a program booklet
Guest   Tue Oct 10, 2006 3:00 am GMT
What is a CV?
Mary   Thu Oct 12, 2006 2:42 am GMT
For those unfamiliar, job applicants are often asked to present either a resume or a CV. Both are short documents that summarize one's professional career, so that a potential employer can easily decide whether or not you are qualified for a given job. The distinction between CV and resume, and what is included in them, varies from country to country. Here is the American version:

A curriculum vitae (CV) is like a resume, but it is usually used in academia and is longer than one page. Like a resume, a CV lists job experience and education. However, a CV also lists publications in academic journals, professional seminars and colloquia, awards won, etc. Also, CVs shouldn't be fluffed with bull***t: mentioning your "can-do attitude" or mountain biking hobby may be all right on a resume, but never on a CV. In America, you do not include a photo with your resume or CV (unless you are a model or hairdresser). For more info see http://jobsearch.about.com/od/curriculumvitae/

Resumes and CVs often contain incomplete sentences. Ideas are presented through bullet-points or lists, and short paragraphs may describe your thesis or job responsibilities. A biography, however, is written in essay format and uses full sentences. A biography you write about yourself is called an autobiography. You will need to describe where you are from, where you studied, and where you have worked. Take a look at http://www.africaresource.com/content/view/54/131/ (the Traditional Biography example). Autobiographies aren't often used in job applications in the US, but they are used when applying to professional and grad schools; in this case they are called personal statements. See http://www.accepted.com/grad/sampEssay02.aspx for an example. As you can see, personal statements list your professional goals as well as your past accomplishments.