Who am I?
"Not a problem," I thought, as I quickly went over all of the paperwork to complete.
I'm applying for a certification relating to my career, which
involved a fairly brief form, easily answered by using an up-to-date
copy of my resume, as well as a few write-ups regarding projects in
which I've been involved. It took a bit of time and effort, but it
wasn't the worst application I've had to complete.
And then I came to this part of the rules for application:
"Include a recent photograph and brief biography (250 words or less) for potential use in presentation materials."
I know I blog, and enjoy sharing stories about me, the Hubby, Little Dude, Supercat, the world around us, my opinions, etc., but to seriously write a career-related biography? Ick. Ick. Ick. And they want a recent picture? (Did I mention, "ick?")
First, regarding the biography - when I write about myself, I'm used to being funny and poking fun at the mistakes I've made. If you look at my list of 100 things,
most of it has to do with my likes and dislikes, my goofiness and
sentimental side, and it is just for fun. I really have a difficult
time bragging about my professional career and accomplishments, because
I'm pretty certain someone is about to smack me up aside the head if I do, and tell me to stop being so full of myself.
Sadly, I knew they probably wouldn't accept, "I went to school. I got a degree. I became gainfully employed within this industry and have been here ever since."
In the end, I wrote up something fairly cheesy (I think), asked one
of my copywriting friends to proof it (she didn't laugh too much, but
did leave little teary-eyed faces near the area where I waxed poetic
regarding our current employer), and that is that. Truthfully, I don't think it really described me - at least not the real me.
As for the picture, don't get me started on that, but hopefully this one works.
Even though I'm a procrastinator, I'm happy to say the application
went in the mail on Tuesday, and it was due to its destination on
Friday. Via the US Postal Service's tracking device, it appears my
package was delivered yesterday, nicely ahead of schedule.
For now I hope I'm approved, and wait until September or October to find out if I'm certified. At the same time, I sit and stew over that biography and picture. Ick.
Have you ever had to write a biography about yourself (excluding the
"about you" section in your blog)? Is there an easy way to do this?