A student biodata form is a document that lists information about the pupil, often used in place of a resume, to illustrate experience and general fitness for a job or volunteer position. It commonly lists the student's name as well as contact information such as a mailing address, email address and telephone number. Additionally, the biodata form typically includes names and dates of schools attended, specific fields of study and other forms of educational background information.
A student uses a biodata form when he has little or no practical or professional experience to inform a standard resume; the intent of the form is to provide an accurate depiction of the student. Often, these documents include achievements or qualifications as well as personal attributes and characteristics, such as interests, hobbies or passions.
In some southeast Asian countries, students are expected to include information such as parents' names, languages spoken, date of birth, gender, marital status, height and even complexion on a biodata form. In the culture of these countries, such information is considered pertinent for the document to be complete. Additionally, a biodata form is generally synonymous to a Western-style resume, listing relevant job experiences and objectives for seeking new employment positions.