Writing your Marion’s List entry is easy, but you need to take a little care too. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
- Use the first sentence as an overview – briefly explain who you are and what do you do. Remember that some people will only read the first sentence or two.
- Think about the order of your information. Put the most important material first and then back it up with detail. (Don’t start with educational background and build towards key experience – people might not keep reading.)
- Make sure you use descriptive terms that will help people find you. Marion’s List is searched by keywords, so think about what terms might be used to search for someone with your expertise. Are you a BIM expert? Say so! Are you a historian, or a project architect or an urban designer (or all three)? Are you an ace specification writer or an expert in client liaison or an HR specialist or a design lead? Tell people! What types of projects do you work on? Let people know.
- Think about the best way to describe your role – this is the first thing that people will see on Marion’s List. It’s OK to name a few, especially if you have a ‘portfolio’ career.
- Mention your current career stage – graduate, emerging, mid career, established?
- Write in clear direct prose and avoid long, complex sentences. This is the place for short, snappy, accessible writing.
- Don’t be afraid to show a bit of personality. (But don’t force it either!)
- If you are feeling self-conscious or overly modest it might help to forget that you are writing about yourself – pretend you are compiling an entry for a fabulous friend.
- Take a look at other entries, and think about which ones you find engaging and why.
- Don’t overuse capital letters – if you are describing areas of work, or roles use lowercase – including for the word ‘architect’, unless its part of a specific title. On the other hand, Indigenous should have an ‘I’ if referring to Indigenous Australians.
- Last of all, check your spelling and grammar! (use Australian standard spelling – for example, ise not ize)
We check and moderate entries before making them live, but we don’t have the resources to undertake detailed editing of each entry. It’s important that Marion’s List is clear, professional and engaging – please help us by taking care with your own entry.