If you’re an executive or rising leader looking for your next choice opportunity, you’ve probably shined up your resume and cover letter in anticipation of calls from recruiters. biography
But have you considered using a biography as well?
A narrative of your career designed as a short, yet powerful summary of your accomplishments, a career biography can help different members of your target audience (such as CEOs, networking contacts, or Boards of Directors) grasp your value proposition and personal brand.
In fact, you’ll find that some interviewers will react more positively to an executive biography than they will to your resume, favoring the bio because of its brevity and narrative flow.
Here are 3 reasons to add an executive biography – as well as your resume – into your leadership job hunting portfolio:
1. A biography is more succinct than a resume and this works to your benefit.
Who has time to read a full resume? Many HR professionals, recruiters, and CEOs don’t.
The next time you’re in an interview, notice the interviewer’s finger tracing down the second (or perhaps third) pages of your executive resume because they haven’t fully digested the contents of it yet!
Most biographies are a just page in length (although very senior executives may have a multi-page bio); making them simpler to skim for pertinent detail. However, just like a resume, a career bio can incorporate keyword and achievement details that demonstrate your skills in action.
2. Your professional bio can be a powerful networking tool.
In cases where a multi-page resume is too cumbersome, a career biography makes for a door-opening, concise introduction.
A bio is a perfect fit during networking events, expanding upon the traditional elevator pitch by outlining your brand message in more detail.
If you are meeting (or conversing online) with someone other than the hiring decision-maker, try presenting your professional bio instead of your resume. It’s less likely to overwhelm your contacts, and provides just enough data for someone who isn’t calling the shots… but who might be impressed enough with your background to carry it to an employer.
An executive biography is also a great leave-behind document after the interview