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writing a 2 page autobiography for a job interview.


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I have to write a 2 page (double-spaced) bio for an interview and really can't think of a good way to start it.  It can't be too creative, but I'd really rather no begin with the generic "my name is ______ and I was born on ________ in xcity, state."

I've got the actual bio part down, can't really change that up much since its so short, but I can't think of a good beginning...help.

Any suggestions?

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Once upon a time, there were three very different little girls who grew up to be three very different women.  But they have three things in common: They're brilliant, they're beautiful and they work for me.  My name is Charlie.

 

Can you think of a quotation from a book or a movie that you find especially meaningful to your life so far?

That can make for a good intro.

 

OK, not like post #1.

More like...

When you finally realize how your want to spend the rest of your life, you pretty much want the rest of your life to start right away.

paraphrased from When Harry Met Sally

I used that on my essay to get into grad school.  So autobiography would need a different quote, but that's the idea.

 

how 'bout starting with the context: what was going on in your state, region, city, family?  what social and political factors influenced your childhood?  what's your family history and ancestry?

where did your parents and grandparents come from?

this isn't just about your life; it's about the environmental factors that shaped who you are (and your awareness of them).

Original Post by pgeorgian:

how 'bout starting with the context: what was going on in your state, region, city, family?  what social and political factors influenced your childhood?  what's your family history and ancestry?

where did your parents and grandparents come from?

this isn't just about your life; it's about the environmental factors that shaped who you are (and your awareness of them).

 Heh.

Back in 1742, my great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather emigrated to Pennsylvania from Germany.  He established a tavern there.  Soon, his cousins also came to settle in that little town outside of Wilkes-Barre. 

And then came the Revolutionary War...

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.... :D

Hmm...well, at least you guys have got me thinking in other directions :)  I like the idea of setting up the influences on my childhood/perspective of the world somehow.  Although my generic middle class upbringing in moderately sized town MA makes that kind of boring...

What is the interview for?  A job? A school?

Original Post by amethystgirl:

What is the interview for?  A job? A school?

 Job. 

Start with the context of your birth:

I was born in the back of a broken down Gremlin hatchback on the side of a dirt road in Tennessee.  The fairy tales would have you believe that's some kind of portend of my future life, but the fairy tales would be wrong.

 

Sorry to hear that you now have to write bio's for job interviews...crazy.

Otherwise, I'm laughing my a*s off here, keep it comin'

 

BTW...I got nothing for ya Frown Sorry.

Original Post by maxx86:

Original Post by amethystgirl:

What is the interview for?  A job? A school?

 Job. 

What job? I've never heard of having to do such a thing, and I'm trying to imagine the type of job that it would make sense for.

Original Post by amethystgirl:

Original Post by maxx86:

Original Post by amethystgirl:

What is the interview for?  A job? A school?

 Job. 

What job? I've never heard of having to do such a thing, and I'm trying to imagine the type of job that it would make sense for.

 Editor?  Marketing?

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us; we were all going directly to Heaven, we were all going the other way.

       &nb sp;               &nb sp;               &nb sp;               &nb sp;  OR

It was never easy for me. I was born a poor black child. I remember the days, sittin' on the porch with my family, singin' and dancin' down in Mississippi.

 

It's for the government, I guess this isn't something one would ever have to do for a normal job.  I had to turn it in today...I ended up started it boring (I checked and they reccomended a generic intro) but I threw in some more creative stuff along the way :)

Hope you get the job...good luck.

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