6 Professional Bio Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Juliet D'cruz

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Struggling to write your professional bio? Well, then you’ve come to the right place. 

Whether you’re an engineer, artist, or medical professional, everyone needs a professional bio. It tells people about you, your work, and your passions. But if you’re not used to writing about yourself, it can be a real challenge to get it right. 

Keep reading to learn 6 professional bio mistakes you might be making. 

  1. Not Knowing Your Audience 

Knowing your audience will determine the perspective, tone, and length of your bio. 

If it’s informal, write in the first person, use some humor, and make it a bit longer. But if it’s formal, write in the third person, keep it professional, and make it brief. 

  1. Going In Chronological Order 

While you may have an extensive history of employment, you shouldn’t open with the first job you ever had. Instead, start by talking about your current work. Then you can go back and mention your other accomplishments that may not be as recent. 

  1. Under Explaining Your Work 

When it comes to writing a bio, be sure to check your modesty at the door. Tell people exactly what you do and why you’re good at it. You also shouldn’t assume people understand what it is that you do, so be sure to explain it clearly. 

For example, this bio on Dr. Jasdeep Singh, COO of 3BC demonstrates his business, accomplishments, and reliability. But at the same time, it doesn’t come off as braggadocious. 

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  1. Giving Too Much Information 

While you want to explain your work clearly, your bio shouldn’t read like a list of everything you’ve done. Instead, mention your accomplishments that pertain to the role you’re looking to land or the job atmosphere you’re currently in. 

And if you have additional skills you wish to share with the reader, put them under a bio skills section apart from the main bio paragraph. 

  1. Not Providing Links

After people read your bio, there should be a call to action. This means that if they’re interested in your work, they have a way to contact you or view demonstrations of your work. 

For example, if you have a portfolio, a website, or even just an email address, link it in your bio! That way, the person can understand you and your work better. 

  1. Showing No Personality 

While you want to remain professional, you shouldn’t be afraid to show a little personality in your bio. The majority should be work-related, but you can add a line at the end that mentions your family, hobbies, or passions. 

It also demonstrates who you are as a person as well as an employee. 

Have You Made These Professional Bio Mistakes?

If you’ve ever made these professional bio mistakes, don’t sweat it.

Everything is a learning process. So going forward, fix your mistakes and grow from them. And pretty soon, you’ll have a bio that others take inspiration from. 

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