Resume & Biodata Making Tips

A biodata is the shortened form of “biographical data.” It is a document that contains a lot of important information about someone, usually their complete name, their date of birth, the name of their parents, height, weight, gender, and so on. This could also have the person’s education and professional background, listing the schools that he went to, his achievements, the jobs he had already held, and could also list his skills and hobbies. The form could be as short as one page or as long as three, though the format is differs from country and country. In each country, the format for making a biodata is usually strict and must be followed to the letter. This makes it similar to a resume; however, there are a few key differences.

resumeA resume focuses more on a person’s job and educational history, and comes from the French word that means “summary.” It does not contain a lot of personal information and is more focused on getting the person on it hired for a specific job. For instance, a person would write his resume in such a way that will catch the attention of SEO Companies if he is planning to apply for them.

A biodata, on the other hand, is focused on a person’s personal information. It does not only include a person’s birth date, the names of his family members, and marital status (these are usually not included in a resume), but it could also include the person’s race, religion, nationality, and even eye color and hair color. This information is used to be able to distinguish a person based on his physical traits and personal history as opposed to getting information about what he could bring to the company or job that he is applying for.

For a person writing his biodata or resume for the first time or for those who need help in writing their biodata and resume, this article would provide tips on how to create these two “data sheets” for maximum impact.

The basic outline followed by most biodata forms is as follows:

•Personal details – complete name, birthdate, nationality, name of parents, etc.
•Educational history – a person could start from grade school all the way through college (he may also include his masters and doctorate if he has one). It could also include the seminars that the person has attended or has conducted.
•Relevant skills and interests – this could include technical skills that a person has. Some people use this part of the biodata to tie in their educational history to their skills.

As for writing a good resume, here are some more tips:

ResumeTemplate•Think of the job you are applying for – if you are going to apply for a variety of positions like content writing or social media within search engine optimization company, you need to craft a resume that shows that you have the appropriate skills and experience to fit into these companies.
•Put your job objective – what do you want to achieve when you take the job you are applying for? Resumes differ from biodatas in the fact that they contain the job objective of the applicant. A job objective is what the candidate states he can bring to the table when is hired. This gives the company and idea of what he can contribute to help the company succeed.
•Achievements – what impresses employers is the amount of achievements that an applicant presents in his resume. This shows them that the person they are interviewing is qualified for the position he is applying for and that he has the necessary skills to succeed in that position.
•Carefully select the format – resumes are less strict than biodatas, which means that there are several different formats for resumes that could be found on the internet. For instance, there are resumes that are made to showcase the applicant’s professional history in chronological order so that interviewers could see how much he has grown and how much experience he has gained over the course of his career. This type of format is really for those who want to stay in the same type of position or the same line of work.


GETTING STARTED: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RESUME & BIODATA

A lot of people use the words “resume” and “biodata” interchangeably, mostly because there doesn’t seem to be any distinction between the two. While it’s true that both are submitted by applicants interested in securing a certain position in a certain company, the similarities end there. Both contain personal data and both are meant to give the employer an idea of your skills, intelligence, aptitude, perseverance, and so on, but the two are actually distinctly different.

RESUME

 

Resume is actually a French word meaning ‘to extract’ or ‘summary’. From the definition itself, we can gather that a resume simply summarizes a person’s information. Educational background, previous experience, hobbies and interests, skillset, etc. It’s a short, sweet, and succinct documentation of the more quantifiable aspects of your life that can be backed up by hard evidence (i.e., transcript of records, previous job references, and SAT or LSAT scores).

resumeA resume can also be tailored for the particular job or position you’re applying for. These are career-objective resumes, and they’re a bit more aggressive than regular resumes. Depending on the kind of career you’re aiming for, all the data you have pertaining to that industry – i.e., college degree, previous work experience, awards, etc. –would be plastered right at the top. That way, hiring managers immediately see the information they want to know, rather than combing through 2 or 3 sections just to find it.

We have a resource of career-objective resume templates that you can take a look at if you’d like a first-hand example. Samples include resumes for Construction, Customer Service, Administrative Assistant, Marketing & Sales, Accounting, Engineering, and Nursing – just to name a few.

BIODATA

 

biodataBiodata, which is the abbreviated form for Biographical Data, focuses more on the personal side of the applicant. It typically includes data that you wouldn’t normally find on a resume: marital status, father’s name, mother’s name, date of birth, hair color, eye color, heigh, weight, race, religion, and nationality. It’s a way for employers to know if the candidate they’re considering has certain preferences or will be needing special consideration. It also gives them an idea of your medical history and religious practices.

For most employers, the biodata is crucial. It can give them insights into what working with this potential candidate will be like, how well they’ll integrate into the workplace, and any possible complications that might arise should he or she be hired.

That said, some countries actually insist that the biodata accompanying the resume be formatted in a certain way, and can even reject an application simply due to lack of or incorrect format. India, in particular, is very strict about biodata – especially when one is applying for government jobs or research grants.

Included in the resource section is a couple biodata templates that you might find useful for review or editing. There are also plenty of guidelines and tips on choosing the right one.

SO, WHICH ONE DO I SUBMIT?

 

A lot of hiring managers and human resource experts agree that submitting both is always the safest bet. It may mean a bit more work for you, but the payoff is certainly worth the effort. However, there are certain things you can remember if you’re hard-pressed to submit just one.

If you’ve already got a considerable amount of work experience and are looking to apply for a middle- or senior-level position in any given industry, a resume is preferred over biodata. At that level, managers won’t give as much credence to educational background and awards won as much as they would to experience and specific skill sets. For middle- to senior-level positions, companies want to know that they can trust you without training you.

Pro-tip; when applying for a particularly lucrative job opening with heavy competition, you might want to consider using a career-objective resume. Two-fold reason; you save the hiring manager a good amount of time by simply getting straight to the point, and you stand a better chance of landing the position – especially if your credentials and experience are excellent.

If you’re a fresh graduate or a young professional with not a lot of work experience or job references to back you up, you could submit a biodata or a C.V. (Curriculum Vitae). A Curriculum Vitae – meaning ‘Course of Life’ in Latin – is more similar to a biodata, in the sense that they’re both more detailed and more personal than a resume. This way, you’re giving credence to your character rather than your experience (which you didn’t have much of in the first place). A biodata is also encouraged when applying for a career change or academic position.

If you’d like more pro-tips, guidelines, and – of course – downloadable resume and biodata templates that you’d like to use or reference, check out our resource section!