Add your professional biography to our CFO directory
Your professional bio is, arguably, the most important piece of copy you’ll ever write about yourself. It’s the first introduction to who you are, what you do and what you’re interested in—whether a blurb on a social media platform, a personal website or company team page. What you choose to highlight may play a role in others deciding to follow you, call you in for an interview or invite you to participate in an event. It’s an opportunity for you to—in a few lines—showcase your work, competence and areas of expertise. In short, it’s the first look at your personality.
Because of this, writing it is not only important, it’s also really hard. Contemplating who you are as a human being is like practicing mental gymnastics. You’re basically tasked with trying to distill who you are and what you do in a way that’s compelling to job seekers, potential clients, colleagues and influencers all at once.
In spite of the myriad ways bios can vary—from super serious to light and fun—fortunately, the standard ones all follow a similar format and are somewhat formulaic in their approach.
[Name and Surname] is a [Professional Title] who works with [who do you work for] to [how you help them].
[First name] [knows/believes] [what you know/believe about the work you do].
[First name] has [landed/secured/garnered/worked at/supported] [insert your most compelling experiences and wins].
[First name] is a [trained/certified/awarded] [insert relevant training, awards, honors, etc].
[First name] holds a [insert degree] in [insert area of study] from [insert university].