Sample Biography Essay About Myself

Every small business owner should have a short, succinct bio that can be used for various purposes. The bio should be authoritative and positive, and should reflect your level of professional achievement and status. Write the bio in third-person rather than first-person, so the bio reads as informative, rather than self-serving.

Short Bio

Even if you have a well-structured resume, there are many times when a short bio will come in handy. For example:

  • As a brief executive profile for a  website
  • As a career clip on your professional social networking sites
  • When you’re speaking at an event, and the emcee requests a short bio to reference in your introduction
  • When you’re being included in an event program or membership directory
  • When you author a paper or article and it includes a brief bio and photo

A short bio can range from one paragraph to a page. Many professionals have different lengths for different purposes.

What to Include

Unlike a detailed resume or a CV, a short bio should encapsulate the professional information that you consider most vital. Consider the following structure:

  • Current position
  • Career highlights
  • Professional designations and education 
  • Optional Tags (wrap-ups of choice, such as personal information or career objectives)

Example:

James Roberts is the CEO of Big Co. During his 10-year tenure, Roberts oversaw operations and strategic planning that resulted in net profit increases in more than 20 percent. Before this role, Roberts was executive director of Small Co., where he directed the activity of three regional branches. Roberts holds a master's degree in management from Any University. In his spare time he enjoys fly fishing and gourmet cooking with his wife, Elise.

Writing multiple short bio versions

You may find it useful to write slightly different versions of your short bio to use for different circumstances. For example, the bio you use for an emcee to introduce you at a charity fundraiser might focus on your contributions to the organization, while the bio you use at the end of an op-ed on management strategies in your local paper would focus on your career expertise. Examples:

Charity: James Roberts is the Executive Director of Big Co. He has been an advisory board member for Charity Name for 15 years and an active member of the annual fundraising gala.

Business article: James Roberts is the CEO of Big Co. He oversees executive training for the organization's internal staff and board of directors. Roberts holds a degree in management from Any University USA.

In addition to the above-mentioned purposes, short bios can also be used for things like business loan or grant applications, as part of email signature blocks or even used as the basis for self introductions at networking events. Consider the short bio as part of your professional presentation materials, and update it, as needed, to ensure that it’s always at the ready.

About the Author

Lisa McQuerrey has been a business writer since 1987. In 1994, she launched a full-service marketing and communications firm. McQuerrey's work has garnered awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the International Association of Business Communicators and the Associated Press. She is also the author of several nonfiction trade publications, and, in 2012, had her first young-adult novel published by Glass Page Books.

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Biographical Essay

I was born in Ilo, Peru an industrial port, located in the southern coast part of Peru. A place, where some times of the year ships would arrive full of foreign merchants. My grandfather was the owner of a great fishing ship. He has travelled around the world and was always relating with foreign people. I grew in that environment, of sea, surrounded by marine sorts. Ilo is filled with beautiful marine species and birds. The people are very welcoming and happy. There is a lot of commerce. It is a little place but there, one of the best companies of the country meets; Southern Peru Copper Corporation. The company that back in the day used to be my father's workplace.

As a child, my life was quite perfect. I was innocent and unaware of all the pain and suffering in the world. Ever since I was in kindergarten I have always been an outstanding student. I was famous at my school for winning all sorts of diplomas and sports competition. The spelling contests were won every year by the same person and that was me. When I turned 11, my parents decided to move to the highlands of Peru. At first, I was totally against their decision. I could not believe that I was leaving the urban to go to the rural. The culture I was born in did not approve the highland people. We even used them as insults. If it was a very hot day, and you were wearing a long-sleeve shirt, you would be called a "Cholo" (Peruvian disparaging connotation referring to the Andean people) and nobody wanted to be called that. I didn't realize that Huaraz would change my life forever. It was there where my life truly began. It was the beginning of all that I would accomplish later on.

Growing up in Huaraz, Ancash gave me a completely new vision of my country, as well as life. I have learned a lot mentally and socially. Languages spoken were not the same, since they speak Quechua, and so were the lifestyles of locals. I have learned much from living in both places, learning to communicate with people, assimilating myself culturally into the various societies present. The experience in itself was a lesson for me to connect myself with my own ethnic background.

As a student, I consider myself a very competitive and proficient girl with an enterprising and leadership attitude. I like teamwork. I want to cross frontiers. I want to move forward and do something in life. I want to get the best in what I do. In Huaraz, I began practicing a sport that changed my life forever; karate. In the past, I was quite a shy girl, but through karate I have gained confidence and a very high spirit. Karate has developed my focus and concentration. At the same time, I have a lot of fun practicing it. This sport has given me excellent flexibility and it's made me athletic. Helping later on with my triumphs in other spots I did, for example, swimming, being my regions' breaststroke style record holder and High Jump with which I have won national games. As a black belt and teacher of the younger students, I have learned to lead by example. Karate has given me victories and failures forcing me to learn from both. I will never forget the time I was dominated national champion of leagues, in the city of Chiclayo, Peru.

All my life I have felt that my vocation is to help others; two years ago I offered to join a community service group doing all sorts of work in the orphanages of the town. In the area of leadership, I was leader of the youth's group. The summer of 10th grade I went to do community service in "Rivas", one of the poorest neighborhoods in Huaraz (Peru), conformed of "Campesinos" (farmers from the rural areas of the country), and our mission was to play with the children and bring a smile back to their faces.

During all my life the person that has always been there for me is my mother, who I thank dearly for helping me become who I am today. I would have never made it as far as I have without her. I have watched her struggle with running a household and strived to make my sisters and me strong people with independent minds. She defined my values and taught me how to trust my abilities and myself. I will use all that she has taught me as the inspiration to accomplish every single one of my dreams.

Finally, there is someone who means a great deal to me. He has, as my grandfather used to say "the strength of a mountain, and the wisdom of ages". He has taught me most of what I know. He taught me to ride my bike. I remember when I use to think my dad was a super hero, and that he could do anything. I use to always say, "Daddy, fix it." And he always tried his hardest to fix whatever needed fixing. I have always admired him. He knows how to balance work life with our home life. My father is a very competent person. At present he is studying a PhD on Business Management. He is an electric Mechanical Engineer by profession. Works at a Mining company and we have travelled all over Peru due to his profession, giving me the opportunity to know various cultures and realities.

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I think you have done an excellent job for a non-native speaker of English! I went through and edited it; some of the corrections are very subtle, so you might want to read through it carefully.

I was born in Ilo, Peru, an industrial port, located in the southern coast part of Peru. It is a place where, at various times of the year, ships would arrive full of foreign merchants. My grandfather was the owner of a great fishing ship. He has travelled around the world and was always relating with foreign people. I grew up in that environment of sea, surrounded by marine life. Ilo is filled with beautiful marine species and birds. The people are very welcoming and happy. There is a lot of commerce. It is a little place but there, one of the best companies of the country, is located: Southern Peru Copper Corporation--the company that, back in the day, used to be my father's workplace.

As a child, my life was quite perfect. I was innocent and unaware of all the pain and suffering in the world. Ever since I was in kindergarten I have always been an outstanding student. I was famous at my school for winning all sorts of diplomas and sports competitions. The spelling contests were won every year by the same person and that was me. When I turned 11, my parents decided to move to the highlands of Peru. At first, I was totally against their decision. I could not believe that I was leaving the urban to go to the rural. The culture I was born in did not approve of the highland people. We even used them as insults. If it was a very hot day, and you were wearing a long-sleeved shirt, you would be called a "Cholo" (Peruvian disparaging connotation referring to the Andean people) and nobody wanted to be called that. I didn't realize that Huaraz would change my life forever. It was there where my life truly began. It was the beginning of all that I would accomplish later on.

Growing up in Huaraz, Ancash gave me a completely new vision of my country, as well as life. I have learned a lot mentally and socially. Languages spoken were not the same, since they speak Quechua, and the local lifestyle was different. I have learned much from living in both places, learning to communicate with people, assimilating myself culturally into the various societies present. The experience in itself was a lesson for me to connect myself with my own ethnic background.

As a student, I consider myself a very competitive and proficient girl with an enterprising and leadership attitude. I like teamwork. I want to cross frontiers. I want to move forward and do something in life. I want to achieve the best in what I do. In Huaraz, I began practicing a sport that changed my life forever: karate. In the past, I was quite a shy girl, but through karate I have gained confidence and a very high spirit. Karate has developed my focus and concentration. At the same time, I have a lot of fun practicing it. This sport has given me excellent flexibility and it has made me athletic, helping later on with my triumphs in other sports. I did, for example, swimming, being my region's breaststroke style record holder, and high jump, with which I have won national games. As a black belt and teacher of the younger students, I have learned to lead by example. Karate has given me victories and failures forcing me to learn from both. I will never forget the time I was nominated [or voted?] national champion of leagues, in the city of Chiclayo, Peru.

All my life I have felt that my vocation is to help others; two years ago I offered to join a community service group doing all sorts of work in the orphanages of the town. In the area of leadership, I was leader of the youth's group. The summer of 10th grade I went to do community service in "Rivas", one of the poorest neighborhoods in Huaraz (Peru), formed of "Campesinos" (farmers from the rural areas of the country), and our mission was to play with the children and bring a smile back to their faces.

During all my life the person that has always been there for me is my mother, who I thank dearly for helping me become who I am today. I would have never made it as far as I have without her. I have watched her struggle with running a household and striving to make my sisters and me strong people with independent minds. She defined my values and taught me how to trust my abilities and myself. I will use all that she has taught me as the inspiration to accomplish every single one of my dreams.

Finally, there is someone who means a great deal to me. He has, as my grandfather used to say, "the strength of a mountain, and the wisdom of ages." He has taught me most of what I know. He taught me to ride my bike. I remember when I use to think my dad was a super hero, and that he could do anything. I use to always say, "Daddy, fix it." And he always tried his hardest to fix whatever needed fixing. I have always admired him. He knows how to balance work life with our home life. My father is a very competent person. At present he is studying for a PhD in Business Management. He is an electric mechanical engineer by profession. He works at a mining company and we have travelled all over Peru due to his profession, giving me the opportunity to know various cultures and realities.

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