How to Write a Bio Using a Free Template

A bio is used by authors, artists, business people and others to give a brief overview of their achievements, work history and to highlight their abilities. An effective bio is typically written in third person, even if the person the bio is about does the writing. A bio can be used for publicity or even a portfolio. Using a sample bio as a template, you can easily create an impressive professional bio of your own.

Step 1

Outline the information you'd like to include in your bio. In addition to basic personal information and professional accomplishments, consider adding an interesting fact or anecdote that future employers and/or hiring managers might enjoy.

Step 2

Look over several sample bio layouts to determine which will fit. A template can be a fill-in form or any pattern used as a model. You can build a bio from one or more sample bios. If you have Word, you can take advantage of a fill-in bio template available free of charge. You can add information or remove information from the Word bio template to suit your needs.

Step 3

Copy and paste the pieces of a generic copyright-free bio into the word processor of your choice. Rewrite the bio to fit your needs. You can use pieces from various samples to construct your bio template, changing words to fit your field of expertise and your career goals.

Step 4

Write two versions of your bio. One should be short, highlighting only your most well-known achievements, and the other a more thorough history along with some personal observations. Save a copy of this file as a template and keep it updated so you will always have a bio template on hand.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Word