How Do You Write a Biography in Third Person About Yourself?

Writing your own biography in third person means one is writing about oneself as if someone else were telling the story, using the pronouns “he” or “she” instead of “I.” Short biographies with a third-person point of view are effective for resumes and job applications.

To see an example of a biographical sketch written in third person, examine a book cover. The cover notes contain such statements as “He has worked in many Asian countries as an undercover CIA agent,” using the third-person pronoun, even though the author himself probably wrote the notes. Use of third person lifts the biography to a more professional level and sounds more objective and trustworthy to the reader than if “I” were used. A short background summary written in third person is useful for networking, as well as company or personal websites. Listing in a professional directory, notes at the top or bottom of articles, publicity materials about a speaker and applications for corporate boards are other possible uses of this type of biography.

Professionals in academic fields use short biographies for presentations at conferences and research publications. Some writers have used the third-person point of view to write their own life stories in a style resembling fiction.