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The bio vs. resume debate: which is more important?

  
  

People often ask me if bios have become more important than resumes, or even if the resume is truly a thing of the past now that potential employers have a myriad of online and digital ways to find out who you are and what you do.

My answer is no, the resume is not 'dead'. In fact, it still has a vital role to play in building a balanced and detailed picture of you for potential employers and clients.

My suggestion is to use a bio with your resume. Let the bio tell your personal story and the resume tell your knowledge and skill story. (Both should be well-written and professional, of course.)

Keep the bio to a half page or less and the resume to 2 pages at the most -- with reasonable margins and readable type.

Do that and be prepared to stand out in a crowd!

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