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!
Jill Townsend is the author of "How to Write a Great Bio", an e-book with tips on writing a good bio fast, and with confidence.