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How to Write a One-Paragraph Biography

Updated March 18, 2017

For professional purposes, whether you are an author or a tax consultant, it is often necessary to pen a short biography that briefly provides other people with some background about your career and life, from your biggest awards to your most prominent acomplishments. A concise biography is easy to read and remember. It won't bog people down with a lot of random details. Write a biography that is short, to the point and just enough to fill people in on who you are.

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  1. Make an introduction. Assume the people reading do not know who you are. State your name first and foremost, but do so in the third person. For example, start your short biography with something like "Eric Jacobs is a..." Make it clear exactly what your occupation is, and where you are employed.

  2. Highlight your biggest accomplishments. The primary focus of a biography is to inform people of your credentials, awards, things you have done in the past and things you are doing presently. For instance, mention how you have been working in the employment labour law field for the past 15 years. Or, consider mentioning how your pizzeria has won the "best pizza in the county" award for five consecutive years. Concentrate on one or two facts or achievements that stand out.

  3. Use active language. Maintain a positive tone with your biography. Don't write: "Eric Jacobs wishes to someday become...," instead, be clear. For example: "Eric Jacobs is an employment lawyer, activist and counsellor." Be assertive with your language.

  4. Give it a subtle personal touch. Consider closing your biography out with something like, "A New York City boy at heart, Jacobs enjoys spending his free time going to baseball games and reading. He presently lives and works out of Los Angeles, California."

  5. Provide your contact information. Since you are writing a biography, the goal is to stimulate or aid your career. Offer your contact details to give people the opportunity to contact you. Below your biography, briefly provide information such as your cell phone number, or a website and e-mail address.

  6. Tip

    Make sure never to keep an outdated biography. Test it out with a trusted friend or family member. Read your biography aloud to someone. Ask him if he would be interested in knowing more about you based on what you read him. Also ask if he believes that the writing is an honest and authentic depiction of you and your career. To put a face to your name, consider adding a picture of yourself to the bio.


    Avoid unnecessary details. Stay away from mentioning things that are irrelevant to your career, such as how many children you have and whether you are married or not. Try to maintain as professional a vibe as possible.

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Things You'll Need

  • Computer with word processor
  • Pen and paper

About the Author

Lars Tramilton has been writing professionally since 2007. His work has appeared in a variety of online publications, including CareerWorkstation. Tramilton received a bachelor's degree with a focus on elementary education from Kean University.

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