Writing Your Candidate Bio

At this point, you should have already updated your CV, but recruiters will get their first impression of you from your Profile Bio. This should be a short biography, aimed at attracting the kind of employer that you want to work for and should take no more than 10 minutes to pull together. Done properly it will will reap serious reward and is a great opportunity to get your application to the top of the pile.

Start with a quick summary of the kind of person you want people to see you as. If you’re uncomfortable blowing your own trumpet, writing in the third person can help but bare in mind that, being the greatest goal scorer outside the Premiership won’t help you get a job in an advertising agency. What’s more likely to impress a potential employer is your dedication to training.

Short, bulleted lists really help to get your message across, consider adding the following:

  1. If the job you seek is a progression from your previous roles, you should include a list of your most relevant position titles, companies you’ve worked for, and responsibilities.
  2. The ideal job title and function you seek, as well as other job titles and functions you’d consider.
  3. A very short list of some companies you’d love to work for, plus their locations.

Example:

Edward is a keen follower of social media and a dedicated athlete. As an accomplished amateur football player, he trains for up to nine hours per week. In his downtime he enjoys playing his guitar and reading crime novels.

Work Experience
- Account Executive, The Red Door, London: Served as main point of contact for tech clients including Microsoft
- Account Coordinator, Experian, Nottingham: Assisted data services team on high-profile consumer brands
- PR Assistant, University of Greenwich: Drafted press releases that resulted in media coverage in the Financial Times

Positions Sought
- Senior Account Executive
- Account Supervisor
- Public Relations Manager

Dream Companies
- Grey, London
- Ogilvy, London
- MBA, London or Brighton
- Tilt, Brighton