Using Your Professional Bio as a Career Planner and Monitor

In an earlier post, I described how to write a professional bio. In this one I will describe how it can be used as a career planner.

The New Year is here, always a good time to do a little planning. Go to your computer and bring up your professional bio. Print two copies and update one of them. How do the two compare? Have you made progress in building your credentials and reputation this year?

Next, on the back of the updated bio, list what you want it to say at the beginning of 2010 that it doesn’t say now.

Things like:

  • Added one new chemical company client
  • Published one article
  • Gave two speeches

Put the two copies of your bio in a file and, from time to time during the year, take it out and look at your list of things you want it to say you have completed at the end of the year to see what progress you have made.

Repeat this process every January. A well written bio summarizes your accomplishments in your profession. Use it to make sure those accomplishments are growing, and so, increasing your stature in your field.

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