How to Write a Better Bio-Data?


How to Prepare a Better Bio-Data?


Content:
- Introduction
- How much information should a C.V. contain?
- What style should I use?

In good English, a bio data is a sort of ‘curriculum vitae’ (C.V.). It is a brief account of one’s career. It may be either academic career or professional career.

Thus, a bio-data can be better discussed into two broad sub-heads. The first one is academic bio-data or fresher’s C.V. Another one is professional bio-data or C.V. of an experienced person in a particular field of activity.

It is very easy to prepare a fresher’s bio-data. But people do generally get puzzled in projecting themselves as super, dynamic and result-oriented professional executive through their respective C.V.s.

It is customary to draw a ‘silverline’ in preparing an ‘attractive’ and ‘appealing’ bio-data in both cases. It will be sent to an unknown (something Known) reader and many have to compete with hundreds of other C.V.s. The fact that your C.V. will be one among many should not put you off, but rather encourage you to plan and develop your C.V. so it will stand out from others.

Unless the Company or concerned authority to which you are applying specifically asks you to send C.V. in handwriting, it is better to prepare the bio-data in well-typed or DTP composed for ensuring better impression. Your handwriting cannot be as neat as might be.

Always use good quality, preferably plain, white paper of standard business size. Write or type on one side of paper.

In this fastest changing market-led society higher authorities, who will verify and finalize your candidature, have very  limited to look into the C.V. at length. So, it is suggested that your C.V. should be in brief (a bird’s eye view) and to the point (relevant to the post being applied for). Unnecessarily, never kill your and examiner’s invaluable time by preparing a long and uneconomic C.V. it will create bad impression on you.

Thus, a C.V. or Resume is a documentary record of your education, qualifications and employment history. It is the documents that gets you in front of an employer. It’s the first stage of the selling process with the next stage being the interview or presentation.

When applying for a job you are effectively trying to sell your skills to the employer. The employer will decide whether to interview you depending on the contents of your C.V. the C.V. is therefore not just a documentary record of your career to date but also a chance to sell yourself. Spending time getting your C.V. right is therefore well worth the effort involved. Ensure the information supplied is relevant to the role you are applying for. A person making a preliminary decision on your suitable for this role may not have in-depth knowledge of the position and may well discount you if there are not ‘key words’ within your details that clearly illustrate your ability to fulfill the role. In addition, with a significant response to an advertising campaign, candidate may well be short listed electronically. The key is to ensure any experience you are supporting to offer is clearly reflected in your details supplied. I.e. if you include within your summary: ‘experience of project management, delivery of budget etc.’ you must ensure this is validated clearly in your roles and experience.

When you send your resume in, always accompany it with a cover letter; addressed to the person in charge of human resource matters for the department you are interested to joining. Call the company to ask the name, address, contacts, and appointment of this person, so as to personalize your demonstrated sincerity.

How much information should a C.V. contain?
The resume or CV should be 2 to 4 pages in length. However, with modern search engines it is imperative to add a separate page at the back with list of key words that convey your experience in totality. All ‘buzz’ words should be included. The list of words could well cover the whole page.

What style should I use?
Write in the first person. It must be relevant. Give maximum coverage to the most relevant experience. Don’t leave gaps. Employers are suspicious of unexplained gaps in the timeline of a CV. If you took a year off to go travelling or were forced not to work because of other commitments then say so.



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