How To Write Biodata on a Resume: A Complete Guide
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Recruiters and hiring managers will go through hundreds of applications before selecting candidates for positions. It is practically impossible for them to meet every candidate and evaluate them personally. In such situations, a well-prepared biodata gives you an edge over your competition. In this article, we will discuss how to write biodata and share some examples and tips to help you write your own.
What is biodata?
A biodata is defined as a collection of basic information about a person and their career, work and life accomplishments. In many interview/recruitment situations, candidates will have to introduce themselves, their work and state what makes them a good fit for the job. A biodata is the first step in that process, and it plays a huge role in the impact your job application can make on interviewers and potential employers.
Hiring managers use biodata to evaluate the ethics, perspectives, values and experiences of a candidate. These factors will help them better understand if a person can fit into their work culture and align with the company's vision. In many cases, candidates are shortlisted for interviews purely on the basis of a biodata review.
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How to write biodata
There are many formats you can follow, to write a biodata. However, there are some key pieces of information that you must include, for it to be comprehensive. Follow these steps to write an effective biodata:
1. Include a formal photograph of yourself
Get a professional photographer's help to get a good passport size photograph taken of yourself. Make sure that your face is clearly visible in the photograph. It is good practice to have formal attire and expression in the photograph. Avoid wearing flashy colours, jewellery or excessive make-up.
2. Add a personal statement outlining your background and career objectives
A personal statement can be an introduction to the sections that follow. It should contain details like your name, your birthplace, your current city of residence, your last job and the latest formal education you have pursued. Make sure to highlight keywords or isolate them before the body text.
Bikram Brahma *Web Developer|Bangalore, India*
My name is Bikram Brahma. I was born and raised in Guwahati, Assam. I hold a master's degree in computer science engineering, from Regional Technical Institute, Kolkata. I am currently working in Bangalore as a web developer.
My name is Gargi Singh. I am from Jaipur, Rajasthan. I completed B.Des in graphic design from the Indian Institute of Design, New Delhi. Since 2017, I am working as a graphic design lead for Dash Studios, New Delhi.
3. Provide some basic personal information
It is up to you to decide how much information you want to share with a potential employer. Include information only if you feel it is vital to the biodata. It is common practice to include full name, gender, nationality, date of birth and contact information. You may provide this information as a bulleted list, to improve visibility.
Name: Chandra Prakash Singh
Father's Name: Prakash Singh Rathore
Date of Birth: August 13th, 1988
Contact Number: +91 76453 09622
Email Address: email@example.com
Present Address: 223, 2nd Cross Road, BT Layout, Sector 24, Bhopal, M.P.
Arshad Ul Islam
October 4th, 1994
+91 94487 66107
4. Share your educational background
List out the formal education you have received, including your degrees/diplomas, your major subjects and aggregate score/CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average). Also mention the years in which you pursued each course. Take note that your latest educational qualification should appear on top, followed by the others, in order.
*M.Arch | Imperial School of Architecture, Pune | 2017-2019
Major Subject: Landscape Architecture
*B.Arch | State College of Architecture, Mumbai | 2012-2017
Major Subjects: Architectural Design, Structural Engineering
*MBA | 2016-2018 | National Business School, Chennai
Focus: Business Studies, Management Consultancy
Aggregate Score: 73%*
*B.Tech in Computer Science Engineering | 2012-2016 | Regional College of Engineering, Calicut
Focus: Java Programming, Visual Studio Basics, Python
5. Share your work experience
Provide details of your work history, including past employers, job titles, duration of engagement with each employer. Note that you should list your latest work engagement first and the remaining ones in order.
Zedex Consultants | IT Consultant | 2018-Present
Star Tech Computers | Programming Instructor | 2017-2018
Star Tech Computers | Senior Developer | 2016-2017
Indonet Enterprises | Junior Tester | 2013-2016
Lead Designer (2020-Present) | Xigma Inc.
Senior Illustrator (2017-2020) | Orange Labs
Junior Illustrator (2015-2017) | Orange Labs
Merchandiser (2012-2015) | The Calcutta Clothing Company
6. List out any awards or recognitions you have received
If you or your work has received any awards or formal recognitions, mention them in reverse chronological order. Mention the year in which you have received the award and the body/organisation/institute that has granted you the award.
Awards and Recognitions
Employee of the Year - Sales | 2019 | TC Corp Private Limited
Employee of the Year - Sales | 2017 | TC Corp Private Limited
Graduation with Distinction | 2015 | JC College of Commerce
Awards and Recognitions
Runner-Up | Deccan Design Festival, 2019
Exhibited Artist | Hyderabad Photo Festival, 2018
Featured Project | The Globe Design Mag, 2016
7. List your hard and soft skills separately
Make a separate list of your hard and soft skills, along with any software or tools you have mastered. Hard skills are the ones that you have to train to develop. Soft skills are an inherent part of your personality and can be considered to be your character traits. When you list software, you can also mention your level of expertise in each one.
Software and Tools
Adobe Photoshop - Expert
Adobe Illustrator - Expert
CorelDraw - Expert
Autodesk AutoCAD - Intermediate
Adobe After Effects - Beginner
Here is an example of a properly formatted, well-written biodata, for reference:
*[Passport size photograph]
Data Engineer | Bangalore, India
My name is Ann Abraham John, and I was born and raised in Kochi, Kerala. I hold a B.Tech in computer science engineering from the University of Travancore, Trivandrum. I am currently working as a data engineer in Bangalore, India.
Name: Ann Abraham John
Father's Name: Abraham John
Date of Birth: September 5th, 1994
Contact Number: +91 78432 09558
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
*B.Tech in Computer Science Engineering | 2012-2016 | University of Travancore, Trivandrum
Focus: Data Processing Algorithms, Python
12th Standard - CBSE AISSCE | 2012 | River Valley Higher Secondary School, Trivandrum
*- Focus: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science
*- Aggregate Marks: 95%
10th Standard - CBSE AISSE | 2010 | River Valley Secondary School, Trivandrum
*- Focus: General Science, Social Science, Mathematics
*- Aggregate Marks: 93%
Senior Data Engineer | 2018-Present | TechLabs Private Limited, Bangalore
Junior Data Engineer | 2016-2018 | TechLabs Private Limited, Bangalore
Awards and Recognitions
Gold Medalist Graduate | 2016 | University of Travancore, Trivandrum
Exhibited Work | 2015 | Regional Science Fair, Trivandrum
Software and Tools
Tips for writing biodata
While preparing a biodata, it is important to keep in mind the attention span of the reader. Since hiring managers, interviewers and employers may be going through a large number of such documents in a day, it is important for you to make your resume stand out, in terms of clarity and readability. Documents like CVs, resumes and biodata get only less than half a minute of reading time, on average. The reader must be able to register vital information about you, within this span of time. Here are some general tips to help you make your biodata more effective:
Make sure it is comprehensive. Give appropriate information in a justified order so that it registers better.
Use formatting tools to stylise text, divide sections and use variations in font size to improve readability.
Share only information that you feel is absolutely necessary.
Highlight the information that makes you a good fit for the position you are applying for.
Do your research on the company and the job title before you write your biodata. Consider what the reader will be looking for and present information in a way that appeals to them.
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