What's Your Story?

What's your story?

Job hunting involves telling stories. The stories of your past deeds and accomplishments. These stories convey Who You Are. What You Can Do. What You Are Best At.

Let's look at the ancient art of story telling:

When you were a child, did you enjoy hearing stories? Do you have a kid of your own? Do you enjoy telling stories to him or her?

Stories, and story telling, are primal. They harken back to the most ancient times, when people gathered around a camp fire, to hear tales of how the tribe (and indeed the world) was born.

Stories can be spellbinding (great old word, isn't it?): to enchant, to fascinate.

Work on developing your storytelling skills. A tool for telling stories is CAR for Challenge, Action & Results:

- What was the challenge you faced?

- What actions did you take?

- What results did you achieve?

With all the competition out there these days for jobs, what will set you apart? One skill is your ability to tell your special story.

Keep this in mind: No one else has a story quite like yours.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, July 15,2009

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