How to write about yourself
Unless you are an egomaniac, writing about yourself can be challenging and frustrating. After all, how do you write about yourself without sounding as if you think so much of yourself that you come off sounding as if you have a God complex.
Finding the right balance is difficult, but there are many situations that will require that you write about yourself in some detail and some of these situations, such as writing a cover letter for a resume, will require that you make yourself look like a superhero in a suit in order to get the job.
Read on to learn about how to write about yourself.
Writing About Your Work Qualities
When applying for a job, you need to stand out. Often the only item that makes an applicant more appealing is a good cover letter. However, many people worry about sounding to pompous when writing their cover letter. This is one situation where you should boast as much about yourself as possible. When in comes to a cover letter, the more you believe in what you are writing, the more appealing you will sound to your potential new employer.
- Write about you skills – make sure you include only what could be used in the workplace, they will not care that you have are an excellent runner in a marketing firm.
- Write about your experiences – often your experiences at a church or in a volunteer position will be pertinent to the position you are applying for, especially if you had leadership roles or served on a board.
- Write about your education – include all relevant courses, especially if your degree is not in the field that you are applying for. Make sure to include if you received any awards, especially in leadership related areas, and your GPA and your graduation rank (if they are high, do not include that you graduated with a GPA of 2.1 and your ranked 299 out of 300, you want to be impressive).
- Write about your successes – let them know if you saved your previous company money, or developed a new system that streamlined the office.
Make sure that you sound confident when writing your cover letter and ensure that everything you say is the truth. Furthermore, you need to make sure the cover letter is only one page long and use business formatting (no indentions necessary) with 1” margins on all sides.
Writing a Work Biography
With websites for companies becoming so prolific, many are requiring their employees to write biographies to include on their websites with photos. This is especially true for management teams, however many companies feel that they should include any employee that may encounter a client as well.
- Write in third person – when writing a biography for work you should always refer to yourself as Mr. or Ms. with your last name (i.e. Ms. Doe, Mr. Doe) and write as if you are writing about someone else (i.e. Ms. Doe graduated in 1989 from FSU)
- Explain what you do within the company – let the clients know what your role is and explain your area of expertise.
- Write about your work experiences – Write only in relation to your current field of work. If you are in marketing and you used to be a secretary, do not include the information about being a secretary, these types of biographies should make the client feel as if the people working with them are experts in their field.
- Write about your education – Include all of your education but give special attention to any courses, certificates, or degrees specifically related to your field. If you received a degree outside of your field of work, explain how certain courses prepared you for the work you are currently doing.
Formatting is not as important for this type of biography simple because it will be converted into a txt. or html format for the Internet.
Writing for Personal Biography
Not everyone gets the opportunity to write their autobiography, often it is because they have not led a life interesting enough for others to want to read about. However, if you have the opportunity to write one, even if it is a short one for school, this is an opportunity for you to have a little fun.
- Write in first person – you will write this type of biography using I, we, me, us, etc.
- Start from the beginning – you will want to include where you were born and when. Including more about your family and how your parent raised you makes the paper more interesting, however you need to consider your space constraints (is this a book or an article).
- Write about anything interesting – this is an opportunity for you to make fun of yourself and show your readers that you are a real person. Share embarrassing and funny stories about yourself, especially if they helped you learn an important lesson about life.
- Be honest – let them know you are human, and if you had help overcoming obstacles do not pretend that you did not.
Writing a Newsletter
We have all received them over the holidays, those information filled newsletters telling us all of the extraordinary things that our friends and family have been up to. Simply unbelievable in many cases, but there is a way to catch up your friends without going overboard.
- Write in the first person – this is personal, so keep it that way
- Keep it succinct – it is natural to attempt to write about everything that has happened over the past year, but it is not necessary to give a blow-by-blow description.
- Be honest – do not lie or exaggerate about your accomplishments or activates over the year, be honest.
- Do not be pompous – if you won the lottery in the last year, try not to rub it into the faces of the people you are writing too, they will not appreciate it.
The key to writing about yourself is to take into consideration who your audience is and what they are likely going to want to here and the tone they would like to hear it in. Once you have made that determination, writing about yourself will be relatively easy.