Identify your audience. Chances are, you aren’t just writing a description of yourself just because you feel like it. In order to write to the best of your ability, you will have to keep in mind the person (or people) you are writing for. Your readers may be your professor, colleagues, an academic committee or members of your local community. 
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Follow the guidelines if you have been given them. When writing a description of yourself for a class or for an application, you will be provided with guidelines outlining what you information you should have in your description.
- If you are applying for a scholarship, the deciding committee may have outlined the types of information they want to receive from you.
- In other situations, such as a personal description for a work environment, you may have to consult with your manager or colleagues to guide the contents of your description.
Create a list of your academic and professional achievements. Write down your academic accomplishments. You may have overcome extensive academic obstacles, excelled in a particular subject or graduated with honors from a reputable school. Review your professional achievements. Consider the highlights of your professional experience and make a list of sales awards, promotions, employee recognition awards and other noteworthy accomplishments.
- Examples of accomplishments: I am the first person in my family to attend college, I was on the Dean’s List all four years of college, I triple majored with two minors, etc.
- Examples of achievements: Sold the highest number of back scratchers of an employee in the history of Back Scratchers Inc. Was employee of the month 10 months in a row, Started out as a dishwasher and am now the executive chef at La Lune.
Create a list of your characteristics and interests. Reflect on your personal characteristics. It helps to think of common adjectives people have used to describe you in the past. Pick words that you think will portray you in the best light for the specific institution you are writing your description for. As with your characteristics, you will want to list interests that pertain to what you are applying for. You may be known in your community for volunteering or planning community events. Sports and the arts are other areas of possible interests.
- Examples of characteristics:. If you are applying to a volunteer organization such as AmeriCorps, you may consider using words such as compassionate, dedicated, and organized. These are all traits that a volunteer organization would look for in a potential volunteer–someone who can be compassionate with the people the organization helps, is dedicated to the cause, and can stay organized in the face of a lot of paperwork.
- Examples of interests:. If you are applying for a position such as a member on a team of scientists that will travel to the Arctic together, you would want to list interests that show you are an adventurous team player. Things like, soccer player, rock climber, hiker, etc. would work well.
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