“How To Compose a Description of Yourself: An informative blog about writing an effective self-description.”
I’m going to get real with you for a second, because I think it’s important that we have a serious discussion about this matter.
I’m sure you’ve read several articles on the topic of describing yourself on your blog. You know, those articles that tell you to be “positive” and “creative” and “informative,” and then give you some vague examples of how people might do that. Well, let me tell you something: I read those articles too, and they were terrible. They didn’t even give me any solid advice!
You can’t just leave it at that! How am I supposed to know what information to include? What goes in my bio? What should my tone be like? Do I even need one in the first place?
Well, today is your lucky day. Because I’m here to give you the answers to all these questions. This article will teach you everything you need to know about writing the perfect description of yourself. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride!
How To Compose a Description of Yourself
In this blog I will demonstrate how to write an effective description of yourself that tells people who you are, what you do and why you should be trusted.
The following is an example of a bad self-description:
The first thing to remember is that your written self-description is a marketing document. As such, it must pack the punch of a sales flyer and be written in a style that speaks to the reader. The key to writing an excellent description of yourself is balancing between sounding self-congratulatory or too modest, while making sure you sound as confident as possible.
Because descriptions of yourself are different from any other personal essay, you should make sure you know what the hiring manager wants from your application. This information can be gleaned from reading through the job listing and related advertisements. Once you know what qualities the employer values most, you can use this information to tailor your self-description accordingly.
For example, if the job requirements include certain technical skills, those skills should be emphasized in the self-description. If interpersonal skills are more important than technical prowess for the position, then you should focus on describing yourself as an individual who works well with others.
When composing a description of yourself, keep in mind that it will become part of your permanent employment record. Therefore, do not include any personal information that would have a negative impact on your ability to land or keep a job (for example, noting that you have been arrested).
First, write a description of yourself. Then give it to other people and ask them what they think about you.
Your description should be honest but not raw, earnest but not pompous, confident but not arrogant. It should be short enough to read in one sitting, with no fluff or tangents. You should come across as someone who is easy to work with and has a strong sense of direction.
If you can’t write a description that meets those criteria, you probably need to get better at writing or self-analysis—or both. In that case, I recommend the following exercise:
Write down your goals for the next ten years. Then write down ways in which your current self-conception might limit you from reaching those goals. Then write down some new things you could start doing that would help you reach those goals more effectively.
If that doesn’t help, either your goals aren’t ambitious enough or you’re too far out of touch with reality to understand yourself clearly enough to have goals at all.
I have been asked to write a piece about myself. I am not sure what I should say or how much I should share. There are so many aspects of my life that I don’t know where to start. Maybe I will just create a list describing me.
I am kind, funny, compassionate, and honest. My friends value my sense of humor and often ask me to come along to help them have a good time. I am always willing to listen and offer advice, but I usually don’t give my opinion unless it is asked for. Many people find my honesty refreshing and enjoy the fact that they can trust me with anything.
I have been struggling with how to describe myself for years. How is it possible to condense a life’s worth of experiences into a few sentences? It’s not. Still, I’ve tried to answer this question in the past, and I hated the results. The answers seemed stilted and contrived, like I was trying too hard. So, I avoided answering it altogether, which made me feel like a failure.
But today is different. Today, I am going to describe myself in three words: open minded, curious, and intuitive.
Now that I’ve written this, I’m feeling unsettled about what I’ve committed to paper; but that’s okay. This is only the beginning of my exploration into who I am as a person and why I am the way that I am. It’s not going to be easy, but it will be worth it in the end.
If you are asked to describe yourself in an interview, you are likely to make one of these common mistakes:
You start with an irrelevant or self-deprecating opening. Once upon a time there was a girl who couldn’t find a job. She was very sad, until one day an interview appeared on her doorstep. The End.