Are you confused about the difference between a professional bio and a standard[amazon_link id="B004WOZ1ZY" target="_blank" ]resume[/amazon_link]? If so, this article will help. We’ll look at the three key differences between the bio and the standard resume, along with some tips to keep in mind when creating them.
There’s no doubt it can be confusing to understand the difference between a bio and a resume. In the not-so-distant past there was no such thing as a “bio” (unless you were a prominent politician or celebrity), but in the past decade this document become as important as the resume for business and career advancement. In fact, it is becoming increasingly common for employers to ask for both a resume and a bio when screening applicants for positions.
Here’s the most important distinction between the two: your professional bio is intended to tell a flattering story about you, whereas a resume is intended to give a more objective summary of your complete work history. Both describe your background but the level of detail and presentation are different. Between the two, a bio is less formal than a resume. You could even think of your bio as being an advertisement for you and your achievements.
Your professional bio is an overview of you written in sentences and paragraphs. It’s usually written in the third person and is basically a short story about you. For this reason, it’s more interesting to read than the somewhat dry resume. Your bio usually includes includes years of experience, some well-known companies that you’ve worked for, any awards you’ve received and other outstanding high points of your career. It may also include marital status, number of children, place of dwelling, and other personal details – although this is entirely optional.
In contrast, a resume is normally written in point form and chronological order, and it provides a complete account of your work experience, job positions and responsibilities, education with colleges attended, and references. In a resume, it’s considered unprofessional to include personal details such as age, marital status, number of children, place of dwelling or other personal information.
To summarize, the main differences between a professional bio and a resume are
1) the bio is written in a narrative format while the resume is written in point form,
2) the bio just covers the “high points” or most significant achievements of your career, while the resume lists everything you’ve done with no gaps left unaccounted for, and
3) you can include personal details in a bio (although it is optional), but you never include personal details in a resume.
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