Having a meaningful and memorable professional bio used to be common among authors and motivational speakers, but today professional bios are a near requirement.

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This is a 104-word professional bio written for a Director in Deloitte’s Human Capital Consulting Practice. What is great about this bio is that it gives the reader insight into the types of big picture issues the client addresses through her work (organizational culture and employee morale) rather than just highlighting what she ‘does’ (e.g. employee career pathing etc.). The reader also gets a little insight into where Brooks’ strengths lie (being action-orientated and a great listener). Finally there’s a nod to the future and Brooks’ shifting role (away from human capital engagements and towards strategic ones).

As a consultant in the human capital space, Brooks Nelson built her career helping clients from a wide array of industries (from renewable energy to finance) to design employee compensation strategies, articulate organizational job architecture schemes, and map employee career paths. A common misconception is that human capital engagement are merely tactical ones. Brooks has helped clients see how organizational culture, morale and ultimately the bottom line are fundamentally shaped by the way they address (or ignore) human capital issues. Action-orientated, but, first and foremost, an attentive listener, Brooks is currently a Director at Deloitte where her focus is shifting to high-impact, strategic consulting engagements.

Here’s a rough, 102-word draft that Brooks wrote herself before reaching out to resumestory.builders for help from a professional writer.

Brooks Nelson leads Deloitte’s efforts in the sales compensation practice and works with clients to help align their rewards programs with their human capital priorities and business strategy. She has extensive experience in the assessment, design and communication of total rewards programs for different employee segments and has lived in and worked across Asia, Australia and North America. She has led global consulting teams, industry-focused surveys and published articles in compensation. Brooks was also the regional head of compensation and benefits for a large technology company and managed compensation programs for 11 countries in the Asia-Pacific region with a budget of ~US$250m.