Tuesday, 2 October 2018

How To Advance Your Career Through Storytelling


Storytelling is pervasive in everything that we do, including marketing ourselves. As a Certified Career Development Practitioner working with professionals in career transition, I help individuals craft their story to emphasize the skills, knowledge, and experience they possess relevant to their desired career.

The elements that most great stories have in common:

  • there are a hero and a villain, which could be a person, place, or thing
  • it touches our emotions
  • it inspires us
  • we get to root for the hero
  • only the core elements of the story are shared
  • they start with a WHY
  • they often have a universal element
  • they lead to a goal

These elements can be utilized when preparing "stories" aka "accomplishments" for your résumé, as well as preparing for job interviews.  I use the "CAR" formula to help clients identify and describe their stories.
  • C   -  what challenges did you face
  • A  -  what action did you take
  • R  -  what was the result

Being able to effectively communicate your skills through storytelling can lead to the desired outcome -- the employment offer. If you need assistance with telling your story to achieve your career goal, contact elaine@allycareersolutions.com


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