When creating a profile on any type of social networking site, the ‘About Me’ or biography section is your opportunity to make a good first impression. If a potential employer doesn’t see anything that interests them here, they’re probably not going to keep reading. Because of this, it’s important to have the right type of information in your ‘About Me’ section to encourage visitors to read on. Here are a few tips for the information you should include:
1. Who are you?
The first thing any recruiter needs to know is who you are and what you represent. This should be short and quick and tell the most important information about you. If you’re a student or a recent grad, mention where you go to school (or went) and what you studied. If you’re out in the workforce, mention where you work now and your title or at least which industry. Without this information, recruiters won’t know if they should keep reading.
2. What skills do you have?
Recruiters want to know what you have to offer them. Think about what types of skills are valued in your industry and play up your positives. Everyone has marketable skills; you just need to make sure you highlight the right ones. If you’re searching for a specific type of job, make sure you list skills that apply to the specific field or industry.
3. What are you looking for?
Sometimes it’s as easy as saying outright the type of job for which your are looking. This obviously tells a reader why you’re on the networking site and with whom you’re looking to connect. Don’t make it too specific that you limit yourself, but give enough information that a recruiter will know they’re contacting you for a position that will interest you. Include contact information or your personal website so that employers can quickly and easily contact you should they be interested in your skill set.
Your ‘About Me’ section does not have to only include these three bits of information. Feel free to be creative, as long as you’re providing relevant information. Think of this section of your online profiles as your ‘elevator pitch’ – what do you tell people about yourself when you only have about 30 seconds to get your point across?
The ‘About Me’ shouldn’t be too long, but it should include enough information to give someone a sense of who you are. Make sure to put some thought into it — you only get one first impression!
What facts about you do you always include in your ‘About Me’ section?